The Remington 18A-212B is part of the lawn mower & tractor
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, push mower
models like the 18A-212B are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Reflects a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how completely the mower distributed its clippings over the lawn's surface.
Denotes a combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how much clippings the bag held before it filled or the chute clogged.
A combination of evenness, which is how close the mowers came to even, carpet-like mowing, and how evenly clippings were dispersed from the side-discharge chute.
Features & Specs - Remington 18A-212B
Can bag Indicates whether the mower can cut in the bagging mode. In this mode, the clippings are gathered in a removable catcher. Lawns tend to have the best appearance after cutting in this mode because the mower essentially vacuums the lawn clean and leaves very little debris behind. This advantage is offset by the need to periodically empty the catcher and dispose of the grass clippings.
Can mulch Indicates whether the mower can cut in the mulching mode. In this mode, the discharge port is closed off, and the mower re-cuts clippings until they're small enough to settle and decompose in the lawn. Cutting in this mode reduces the need to fertilize the lawn because some of the nutrients from the clippings are returned to the soil. It is also more convenient because there is no need to empty a catcher or dispose of any clippings. Certain conditions are required for successful mulching, and if these conditions are not met, many visible clippings can be left behind on the lawn. For successful mulching, one should avoid cutting more than one third of the grass's length, cutting wet grass, or cutting at too fast a pace.
Can side discharge Indicates whether the mower can cut in the side-discharge mode. In this mode, the mower simply discharges the clippings off to the side of the mower. Depending on the length of the grass cut, this method tends to leave many visible clippings behind. This mode is preferable when cutting tall grass because the mower is less likely to clog, since the clippings are quickly removed from the deck.
Can side discharge
Deck size (in.) Most models have a deck size, or cutting swath, of 20 to 22 inches. There is no significant advantage from one size to another. A larger deck can cut more grass in a single pass, but in this size range the difference is negligible.
Deck size (in.)
Engine size For gas-powered mowers, engine size in cubic centimeters (cc) provides a rough indication of the engine's power; electric models are rated in volts (for cordless) or amperes (corded). A larger number for either a gas or electric model, however, does not necessarily result in better cutting performance.
Just purchased and used this mower for the first time today. It took about 5 minutes to assemble the mower. Don't plan on using it out of the box as it takes 14 hours to charge battery. Charging Instructions are incorrect. When you charge the battery, the charger remains red until the battery is charged. The lights on the battery do not light up during charging, only during mowing. I charged the battery overnight and was pleasantly surprised that the mower started right up. My lawn is about 6,000 sq feet. I figured I would need a second battery, but was able to hack through 12 to 15 inch grass on the high setting, then got through about 1/2 of lawn on the low setting before battery died. Seems that the engine strains on the lowest settings, but that may have been from the work out it received hacking through the jungle on the first pass. I noticed some stray tall grass after the first pass. I'm hoping this is not an ongoing issue, but I can deal with it if it is. Still, I love the fact that this mower starts up immediately with no effort and that i can easily stop and restart as I need to. I am also happy that I don't have to add oil, gas or worry about running over an AC cord. Again, this is honeymoon period. Hopefully the produt will hold up over the year.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from portland, or
Decent mower for small lawns
Easy to Push & Steer
Easy to remove battery
Key easy to loose
I use this mower on a small 12' by 16' front lawn and sidewalk grass strip.<br /><br />Performance matches CU's tests. During multching it often takes 2 passes to cut all the grass blades. Battery power level is only indicated while actually mowing. A small, easy to loose plug-in key is required to activate the mower. After mowing, grass is relatively easy to brush out of housing. Battery easily lifts out for safety and recharging.