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Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li cordless mower review

A good budget mower, best suited to small gardens.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5

In a nutshell

This compact mower is one of the cheapest cordless models we've tested. It's light and easy to use and great value, as its battery and charger can be used with other Einhell tools. Although it's perhaps not the most powerful model it's a good-value mower for small lawns. It comes with a two year warranty.
Pros: Great price

Small for storage

Light and easy to use

Battery and charger can be used with other Einhell Power X-Change tools
Cons: Below average performance

Feels a little cheap

Poor grass collector
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What are the main features of the Einhell GE-CM 18/30 cordless lawn mower?

The Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li Power X-Change is a compact cordless mower. Its most important feature is that its 18V, 3.0 Ah battery and charger are part of Einhell’s Power X-Change tool system, which means they can also be used across a range of different Einhell cordless gardening tools. This battery takes up to 2 hours to charged and when fully charged, the mower can cover a lawn up to 150m2. It has a 30cm cutting width, the choice of three cutting heights between 30-70mm and a carry handle to help with moving the mower between storage and lawns. The plastic grass box has a capacity of 25 litres and it comes with a safety key.

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What is the Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li cordless lawn mower like to use?

The battery is easy to charge and read, as it has three LED lights which indicate its charge level and although it takes up to two hours to charge, unlike lots of cordless battery chargers it charges quietly. There’s little assembly needed to get this mower up and running and no extra tools are required – the handles just need attaching and screwing together. This is easy to work out, despite the written instructions and diagrams being a little unclear. However, the plastic grass collector is fiddly to set up, and feels flimsy and in use we found it could unclip and spit out grass. It has a comfortable handle, and although this feels a little insubstantial this is perhaps a result of how remarkably light this mower is. It’s small and very easy to manoeuvre and push around and its narrow cutting width and small grass box make this ideal for small lawns but possibly inefficient for anything bigger.  It mows fairly well but  struggles to cut or pick up longer, thicker blades, even on its lowest setting. It offers a good 30-70mm range of cut, but there are only three levels between these, which are changed by flipping over the mower and moving the axle by hand, which is a little inconvenient.

Is the Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li cordless lawn mower easy to store?

This mower is relatively small, so size-wise it’s very easy to store and if space is tight, the handle folds halfway down to compact it further. If needed, it’s also easy to remove.  The grass collector could be taken apart too but this is remarkably fiddly so you may not want to do this too often.

Is the Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li cordless lawn mower good value for money?

£119 is a remarkably low price for a cordless mower, battery and charger and this is a simple, but capable mower. It’s part of a multiple tool system, which is excellent value and all in all, we think this mower is great for those on a budget, or anyone with a small garden. It covers basic mowing needs at a surprisingly low price.

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Product Specifications

Product

Brand Einhell
Name Einhell GE-CM 18/30 Li cordless mower
Model GE-CM 18/30 Li
Price £119.00
Lawn mower type Electric - cordless
Part of multi tool system Yes

Features

Powered by Electric - cordless
Speed

3300rpm

2hour(s)
Cutting height 30-70mm
Number of cutting height settings 3
Cutting width 30cm
Blade type Steel rotary
Collection capacity 25l
Lawn size suitable for 150m²
Roller No
Propelled No
Mulching No
Noise 92dB
Weight 9.32kg
Height 37.5cm
Width 39.5cm
Depth 60.5cm
Warranty 2YEAR