CEL UK DM20 20 inch Self Propelled Rotary Lawn Mower
Posted by Mark Hunter - June 07, 2011
CEL have done it again. Our friend Chris Elsworthy is never done thinking through common tasks that we all need to undertake, and subsequently coming up with innovations in design and technology to make those tasks easier, simpler, and - dare we say it - more fun.
So, from the fabled stable of the Power8 Workshop, comes the DM20 20" self-propelled rotary lawn mower.
First off, what's special about this particular lawn mower?
The most obvious answer to this question is that it's fitted with two motors. The first is an ultra-reliable, super-efficient, high-powered, high torque, large diameter 24V DC motor that will cut through long, dense grass with ease.
The second motor can drive the rear wheels at a steady walking pace of 0.8 metres per second. To be honest, this is a shrewd inclusion by the CEL team. The facts are, this isn't a lightweight mower, the type you can throw about your lawn as it hovers on a bed of air. The CEL DM20 is a monster-mower. It's designed for tackling big lawns with long grass, even in wet conditions (such as was the case in our test video).
So, having some juice supplied to a self-propelling motor that's going to, literally, take the back work out of cutting the grass is genius.
That's because the CEL DM20 is all about the battery. The Pb (lead acid) battery was chosen for it's extremely high capacity and it's proven reliability. CEL are claiming that, given the correct care, the battery will last for more than 10 years.
And it'll run for an hour, juicing the 24v motor, which will output 17Ah.
Couple the run time with the 20" blade, the high power motor, and you're going to be able to cut the biggest of lawns within one battery charge.
However, while the DM20 packs plenty of grunt, it also carries a certain amount of finesse.
For example, consider the height adjustment. With height stages ranging from 1.75" to 3.25" (35-85mm), you'll be able to carefully manicure your turf as well as tackle the big stuff (again, per our video). Not only that, but CEL have engineered the base plate in such a way that it moves up and down rather than the wheels.
3 options are available: catch them in the supplied collection bag, use the blanking plate to mulch, or fire the grass back out via the supplied side chute.
So, does this mark a shift in how technology allows us to interact with our gardens?
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