Lawn-mowing season is in full swing, and Gtech have rolled out a new range of gardening machinery for 2020, including the Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 CLM021.
With its new cordless mower, Gtech claims to have brought in new upgrades to the 1.0 model it released back in 2016, and a design ‘to make life simple and hassle-free’. But can it be relied upon to keep your lawn in order?
We took the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 to our test lawns to find out if it lives up to the hype, assessing everything from grass-cutting ability to ease of use and storage.
Read on to learn all about the features you get with the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 CLM021 and how it shapes up against key rivals, or head straight to our full review to see the test results.
What is the Gtech Lawn Mower 2.0 CLM021?
With an instantly recognisable black and acid-green design, the Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 CLM021 is ‘very Gtech’ in appearance.
It’s fairly large and has a grass collector with a capacity of 50 litres, but it’s still a lightweight model at only 13.5kg.
A 42cm-wide rotary blade sits at its base, which is suited to cutting a medium-sized lawn of around 50-150 sq m. For reference, a singles tennis court is 195.7 sq m.
The lever on the body is for adjusting the blade to one of six cutting-height options, ranging from 30-80mm. If you like to keep your grass super short, this might not suit you, as many mowers can cut to 20mm and some cut as short as 10mm.
Check out our Best Buy lawn mowers to see which will give you a neat finish whichever cutting height you choose.
What’s new about Gtech’s cordless mower?
With the Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0, Gtech has made some changes in design from the 1.0 model it released in 2016:
- New battery Gtech has upped the voltage of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery from 36V to 48V, promising a longer run time and shorter charge time. Replacement/spare batteries can be bought, but they cost a whopping £159.99.
- Larger grass collector The grass collector has also been upgraded from a 40-litre capacity to 50 litres. Our tests measure how full grass collectors get before they need to be emptied – some fill to almost 100%, while others fill to less than 50%.
- Foldable handles The handles on the 1.0 model folded down flat, but the 2.0 has an extra pair of hinges in the middle of the handlebars so you can fold them down in a more compact way to take up less space in storage.
- Safety key A feature that you often find in chainsaws or other dangerous gardening machinery, the 2.0 has an operational safety key that needs to be switched to ‘on’ for the mower to run.
See our picks of the top five cordless lawn mowers for 2020 to see how these features shape up against the best models you can buy.
How does it compare with key rivals?
Here’s how the Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 shapes up next to similar cordless mowers from big brands John Deere and Stihl:
|Gtech Cordless Lawn Mower 2.0 CLM021||John Deere R40B||Stihl RMA 339 C|
|Grass collection capacity||50 litres||44 litres||40 litres|
|Battery life||16 minutes||19 minutes||31 minutes|
|*Prices correct as of 4 May 2020.|
It’s the lightest model and leads the pack in terms of cutting width and grass-collection capacity, so you may be able to cut larger lawns with the Gtech depending on how well it cuts and collects the grass.
However, despite the upgraded battery, it still doesn’t last as long on a charge as the John Deere R40B or the Stihl RMA 339 C, so you may need to rush to complete your mowing before it runs out of charge unless you have a spare battery.
Check our lawn mower reviews to see how it compares with these two key rivals on test results for its grass cutting ability, grass collection, handling difficult terrain and more.
We test all the big lawn mower launches every year, as well as own brands, cheaper models and the most widely available mowers, so our reviews match what you see on the shelves and online.
The latest lawn mowers to be put through our robust lab tests are listed below. Click on the links to access our reviews and find out if they’re worth buying: