While the BLACK+DECKER CM2043 is quite maneuverable and it has a broad range of cutting heights, it lacks the power and battery life that would otherwise make this affordable mower a worthwhile purchase. Additionally, this machine lacks self-propulsion and a number of other ease of use and handling features.
BLACK+DECKER CM2043 Review
Pros: Maneuverable, broad cutting range, well designed bail
Cons: Short runtime, limited cutting power, not self-propelled
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|Pros||Maneuverable, broad cutting range, well designed bail||Extensive runtime, rapid recharge, massive cutting deck width||Great handling, good at edging, broad cutting deck||Fantastic folding mechanism, long-lasting battery, rapid recharge time||Fast recharge, fairly quiet, easy battery removal|
|Cons||Short runtime, limited cutting power, not self-propelled||Fairly expensive, more mower than some may need||Limited runtime, prolonged recharging||Lacks self-propulsion, below average cutting deck width, stiff bail||Lackluster maneuverability, expensive, limited runtime|
|Bottom Line||A low-cost mower with a shorter runtime and limited cutting power||This do-it-all mower eats up turf like Popeye eats spinach||An inexpensive mower that delivers above average performance in every category except battery life||An easy to use mower that is great for newbies but will satisfy old hands as well||This mower offers few features to rationalize its steep price tag|
|Rating Categories||BLACK+DECKER CM2043||EGO LM2102SP||Ryobi RY40190-Y||Worx WG774||Snapper...|
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|Specs||BLACK+DECKER CM2043||EGO LM2102SP||Ryobi RY40190-Y||Worx WG774||Snapper...|
|estimated cutting area (square feet)||6,457 ft²||14,275 ft²||7,031 ft²||12,302 ft²||4,382 ft²|
|measured recharge time||300 mins||57 mins||250 mins||105 mins||30 mins|
|folding/ unfolding ease||5||9||7||10||7|
|measured noise||74.5 dBA||71 dBA||71 dBA||72.4 dBA||72 dBA|
|measured cutting gap (inches)||1 1/2 in.||3/4||1/2 in.||3/4 in.||15/16 in.|
|measured cutting deck width (inches)||15 5/16 in.||18 1/8 in.||17 in.||15 1/4 in.||17 5/8 in.|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Our testing revealed that the BLACK+DECKER CM2043 lacks the power to efficiently mulch the turf it cuts and that tall grass will stop this machine in its tracks. This meager mower also lacks sufficient battery life to run for more than 20 minutes. Making matters worse, the batteries require 5 hours to recharge. Finally, the mower lacks in many ease of use features.
This machine offers little in the way of praise-worthy features. However, it can be said that this mower has a broad cutting range that covers 1 3/8" - 3 3/4" over seven settings. The BLACK+DECKER is also maneuverable. This benefit is in large part due to its lack of self-propulsion, which allows the wheels to roll freely around tight corners. It also has a well-designed bail that is easy and comfortable to grip. Finally, this mower is inexpensive.
While we don't want to unduly malign any product, it is our duty to point out what we consider to be shortfalls in the design of products that we review. First off, the BLACK+DECKER has a very short runtime, and as a consequence, it is only capable of mowing an estimated 6,456 square feet of turf. When the batteries run out of charge, it takes an epic 5 hours to recharge them. This model lacks self-propulsion as well, a fact that makes the lack of a reasonable runtime all the more pronounced.
Due to its general lack of power, the BLACK+DECKER struggles a good deal in cutting all but the least demanding grasses. Mulching will cause the motor to labor, and cutting tall grass will stop it in its tracks. Also, at 1 1/2", this model has a huge cutting gap. The cutting gap is the main contributor to leaving uncut turf when cutting along a wall or other barrier.
Essentially, value is an assessment of a product's performance to cost ratio. What this means is that if a product outperforms its peers while costing the same amount of money it has greater value. Similarly, if a product performs like its peers, but cost much less, then it has a greater value as well. Despite the low cost of the BLACK+DECKER, its numerous shortcomings outweigh this benefit. As such, we do not consider it a very good value.
The BLACK+DECKER CM2043 is an economy lawnmower that, despite its low cost, fails to warrant its expense. While the machine is maneuverable, it lacks self-propulsion, it has a short runtime that is amplified by the long recharge time, and it generally lacks cutting power. Finally, it lacks several ease of use features that many of its peers can claim.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer