Review : Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog Electric Mulching Mower with Rear Bag

21 March 2011 by John


Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog Electric Mulcher MowerI had some definite points on my mind while searching for a good electrical lawn mower and my search led me to the Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog 19-Inch 12 amp Electric Mulching Mower with Rear Bag. A great lawn mower, winner in all the lawn mower counts, and I will tell you why, in this detailed review. I was very certain that I should buy an electrical lawn mower, which does not belch out poisonous fumes while working. The lawn mower should not depend on fuel maintenance and should be a cool electric appliance. Purchasing a lawn mower requires that you consider all the features offered and what you need from it.  After buying this mower and using it numerous times, I can definitely say that I made the correct decision in buying the BD MM875 .  After you go through the detailed reasons mentioned here, I am sure that you will be definitely deciding to purchase this great lawn mower for mowing the grass on your lawn. And, why not? With all these amazing features, the lawn mower is available at a winning price of around $199 (at the time of writing this review). Here is a detailed description of the various features the MM875 mower has to offer.

How Much Power?

First, the power question. This is what we have on the top of our minds when we proceed to purchase a lawn mower. The more power a lawn mower can work with, the more powerful the machine is. Its quite a simple equation and every lawn-mowing person wants their job to be made easier with a powerful lawn mower. The Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog 19-Inch 12 amp Electric Mulching Mower with Rear Bag is definitely a power winner with a 12 amp motor. Generally, people make the mistake of counting the voltage of the batteries while purchasing a lawn mower. However, the fact remains that the actual power of the lawn mower (or the run time) actually depends more on the amperage (or the power delivered to the motor) than on the voltage of the batteries. That means a 12 v lawn mower with higher amperage will be more efficient than a 36 v lawn mower with less amperage. In this context, a 12 amp lawn mower like the one in discussion is definitely a great purchase. The Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog 19-Inch 12 amp Electric Mulching Mower with Rear Bag can simultaneously perform the dual actions of mulching and bagging with great efficiency. This machine will also cut and mulch deep, wet grass.

Built-In Adjustable Features And Easy Fertilizing

With the easy push of a button, you can easily adjust the height of the grass to be cut from 1.25 inches to 3.5 inches. This button will effortlessly raise or lower all the four wheels on the mower. Choose an optimum height for cutting by taking into consideration the frequency of your mowing and the fact that short grass is not always good for the health of a lawn. This is what the adjuster button on the mower looks like.


You can leave off the mulching bag to leave the grass trimmings on the lawn. The trimmings will act as a natural fertilizer and help in revitalizing the lawn. There are some who don’t like the look of the grass trimmings on a lawn. If you are one of those, you can attach the mulch bag and collect the trimmings. I highly suggest that you add these grass trimmings either to a compost bin or use as mulch in your vegetable and flower beds. Throwing the grass clippings into the trash is a complete waste and not the “green” way. Adding the mulch bag is very easy as you can see in this picture.

black & decker MM875 mower can use a mulch bag or leave the grass clippings on the lawn, if you like

The Safety Factor

However, since you should make a carefully thought decision on purchasing a lawn mower, you should be aware of certain limitations of the lawn mower. Of course, a machine (or any machine) has its limitations and this mowing machine is no exception either. The thing is, this lawn mower is corded so you have to be careful about the cord to avoid accidental electrocution or tripping over the cord. Besides, the length of the cord limits corded lawn mowers (as you have already guessed). Generally, corded lawn mowers are limited within a range of 100’ from the receptacle outlet, as beyond this distance the voltage drops may cause a problem. In order to avoid accidental electrocution by tripping on the lawn mower cord, you should use a GFI receptacle on the electrical outlets to which you are hooking your lawn mower. Another thing to note is that, if you have slopes in your lawn, then the corded lawn mower might prove a little difficult if you have slopes in your lawn. However, when you take into consideration the advantages of the lawn mower, these limitations seem like a trifle. The Black & Decker MM875 mower features a hook on the handle which will help ensure that you do not accidentally pull the extension cord away while mowing.

Black & Decker MM875 Electric Lawn Mower Is Well Designed For Cord Security

Easy To Use

The Black & Decker MM875 Lawn Hog Electric Mulching Mower is an effective mulching and bagging lawn mower, which is easy to start and maintain. I have already mentioned earlier that this is a zero emissions lawn mower, so you can avoid all poisonous fumes that come free with gasoline lawn mowers. Moreover, other ergonometric advantages like a specially cushioned grip and a really clever handle height accommodation allows you to actually customize the lawn mower according to your usage pattern. The special grip also helps reduce vibrations and will adapt to you. The lawn mower is quite lightweight, weighing only 52 pounds, thus making it even more convenient to find your way through unruly grass. However, the shipping weight of the lawn mower is around 62 pounds.


No Emissions & Zero Maintenance

One great advantage of an electric motor lawnmower is that it does not generate obnoxious fumes like the gasoline lawn mowers, that is, these are zero emissions lawn mowers. Just like any other electricity powered yard tool, you will be making an excellent ‘green’ choice with the MM875 mower. The noise levels from this unit are also substantially lower than its gas powered counterparts.  With no gas or oil to change, there is absolutely no maintenance required for this lawn hog. With rising gas prices, this should be a relief.

What Other Users Of This Mower Are Saying

The ‘Lawn Hog’, as this lawnmower is nicknamed has earned many great reviews from its users. Here is what a few people are saying about this lawn mower:

  • “Lawn Hog – Aptly Named”
  • great alternative to gas mowers. lot of plusses”
  • Great mower and no mess!”
  • I’M IN LOVE!!!, “
  • quiet, cuts great, what more could you ask for?”

For more great reviews from real life people, check out these reviews on Amazon. Most users are overall satisfied with the lawn hog, and some users have even pointed out helpful tips for more efficient operation of the lawn mower. One helpful tip that I really liked and tried is to purchase plastic/steel spikes and place them along the cord path, so that you can avoid overlapping the cord.


I highly recommend the Black & Decker MM875 Lawn hog electric mower. It has consistently been the hottest selling electric mower on Amazon and many other retailers. It is a well built machine and will last you for years. Also, remember that when you buy from Amazon, you will also receive free shipping and will not be paying any taxes either. That is a very good deal, IMHO.

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