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DR 62V Battery-Powered Trimmer Mower Review


DR Trimmer Mower Adds Battery Option to Popular Line

With the Pulse, DR has updated its popular trimmer mower to a 62V cordless platform. This model offers a lightweight and convenient option for homeowners who enjoy the benefits of a mower-like cutting swath and something that comes close to the maneuverability of a string trimmer.

Pros

  • Incredibly maneuverable
  • Much lighter than a mower—45 lbs with the battery installed
  • Great for handling grassy overgrowth
  • Removes the back strain of a string trimmer

Cons

  • $599 is out of reach for some users
  • Doesn’t leave as clean a result as a standard mower
  • Tougher to trim against hard edges since the line tip is inside the wheelbase

Recommendation

We love the 62V Pulse DR Trimmer Mower’s light footprint, fantastic maneuverability, and cordless convenience. It’s a good choice for homeowners that want an all-in-one lawn care tool, particularly to help reduce the strain of pushing a mower and hauling a string trimmer.

The best kind of lawn for it is a smaller one where working around intricate landscaping features makes using a standard mower difficult. It’s also great for holding back edges of overgrowth that encroach on your lawn.

However, it does have its limitations. When it comes to mowing that encroaching field, one of DR’s more powerful and thicker lined gas trimmer mowers is a better option. And if you really want a clean look to your lawn, nothing beats mulching or bagging with a standard lawn mower. 

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Pulse Cordlessness

Let’s start with the battery and general cordlessness of this Trimmer Mower. DR has been making the Trimmer Mower for a while now, but the Pulse is the first version they’ve released that runs on 62V of battery power. Obviously, this brings a whole new level of convenience to the job. No muss, no fuss, no gas, fumes or maintenance.

It also results in a lot less weight you need to push around. Even with the 850W brushless motor and 62V, 5.0Ah battery, the whole things weighs in at just 45 lbs. 14″ wheels make it even easier to roll up hills and around corners. In fact, the combination of its light weight and larger wheels make the DR Pulse really easy to roll, turn, and tilt. We had no problems using it to trim around the edges of one of our many retention ponds.

Mower? Trimmer? Both?

Width and Height

So, does it replace a mower? It depends on what type of application you’re working on. The DR Trimmer Mower features an 18″ cutting swath, which is comparable to the blade size of smaller residential mower models. It excels in the type of taller, overgrown grass that your standard mower will bog down on. That’s because it is able to cut in from the side instead of needing the grass to drop under a deck first.

You can adjust the height of your cut between 2″ – 4″. There are no front wheels to set the height on—you’re really adjusting the height of the head. To change it, you need a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the head and swap the order of the spacers that come on the assembly. It’s a fairly cumbersome process, but most people only need to set it one time and they stick with that height.

Mowing

The downside is that you won’t get as clean of a cut with trimmer line as you do a mower blade. With a standard mower, you also get mulching or bagging options, both of which leave your yard looking cleaner. This tool pretty much just cuts the grass at around its base and sprays the full stalks around the yard. It’s almost like exactly like string trimming your entire lawn, just without the strain on your back.

Trimming

Speaking of string trimming, that’s the other side of the DR 62V Battery-Powered Trimmer Mower. It uses pre-cut 0.095″ trimmer line sections to do the business, and loading these lines into the trimmer head is as simple as inserting an oversized thread into an oversized needle. The unique head design locks the trimmer line into place; there’s no lining anything up and winding for forever.

The DR Pulse achieves a 3,890 RPM no-load speed and a 208 mph line tip speed. For those really familiar with string trimmers, you’ll notice that most string trimmers offer higher RPM with shorter line.

The tip speed is higher than most walk-behind mowers and quite a bit lower than a typical string trimmer. One of our EGO string trimmers has a 5800 RPM with a 15″ cutting swath, giving us just under 260 MPH line tip speed. Even though DR’s speed is lower, we were able to cut through some pretty thick overgrowth. We just needed to make sure we moved slow enough to let the line speed stay high.

Managing Expectations

All this said, the DR Pulse is a fine tool as long as you know what to expect. If you’re looking for a mower-quality cut, you ought to get a mower. Like we said earlier, a trimmer mower will leave lawn clippings scattered about.

Likewise, if you want something to quickly trim up next to your walls and trees and whatnot, you might be better off with a standard string trimmer. We like the Pulse for zipping by the wall, but to really get up on it, you’ll have to kind of shimmy the wheel and trimmer head back and forth to get the line right up on the surface. If the cutting swath was only a bit wider than the wheelbase, this wouldn’t be an issue.

For woody stalks, a brush cutter will work better. The 0.095″ line is really designed for grasses and you’ll tear through the line quickly against anything else. It’s a lesson you’re likely to learn pretty quickly, though, since you have to stop and put new line lengths on instead of bumping out more.

As a trimmer/mower combination, the DR 62V Battery-Powered Trimmer Mower fits serviceably in both categories. It’s beautifully designed to maneuver far easier than a mower and reduce back strain to just about nil compared to a string trimmer.

But if you’re looking for professional results in any one area, know that you’ll get better results with an individual mower or a string trimmer.

Pricing

Right now, the DR Pulse Trimmer Mower is on sale directly from the manufacturer at Drpower.com. For a limited time, you can pick up the Pulse, a 62V 5.0Ah battery, and charger for $599. It comes with a 2-Year residential or 90-day commercial warranty.

Interestingly, the battery includes 2 onboard USB ports, allowing you to use it to charge phones, computers, or other electronic devices.

The Bottom Line

We love the 62V Pulse DR Trimmer Mower’s light footprint, fantastic maneuverability, and cordless convenience. It’s a good choice for homeowners that want an all-in-one lawn care tool, particularly to help reduce the strain of pushing a mower and hauling a string trimmer.

The best kind of lawn for it is a smaller one where working around intricate landscaping features makes using a standard mower difficult. It’s also great for holding back edges of overgrowth that encroach on your lawn.

However, it does have its limitations. When it comes to mowing that encroaching field, one of DR’s more powerful and thicker lined gas trimmer mowers is a better option. And if you really want a clean look to your lawn, nothing beats mulching or bagging with a standard lawn mower.

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DR Pulse Manufacturer Specs

  • SKU: T4X3062XEN
  • Cutting Width: 18″
  • Cut Height: 2″ – 4″
  • Type: Push
  • Frame: 14 ga. steel
  • Width: 21.5″
  • Weight: 45 lbs (with 5.0Ah battery)
  • Handlebar Height: 31″ – 49″
  • Motor: 850W Brushless
  • Battery: 62V 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion
  • Run Time: Up to 40 min.
  • Battery Charge Time: 90 minutes
  • Tires: Diamond tread, 14″ resin
  • Warranty: 2-year residential, 90-day commercial
  • Price: $599 on sale direct from Drpower.com

For more information about the DR Trimmer Mower, check out the company at DRpower.com.

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