American Lawn Mower Company 50514 Review: Is It Efficient?

American Lawn Mower Company 50514

Gardening Freaks Rating:-
9.1/10
Pros
  •  2-in-1 discharge option
  •  Lightweight and compact
  • Affordable
  •  Eco-friendly
Cons
  • Factory blades might be a bit dull

The American Lawn Mower Company 50514 is a corded electric mower that gets great reviews from users, and you’ll know why it does when you use it. The motor has gas-like power, taking on even terrain with precision and grace.

The American Lawn Mower Company has been around since the early industrial revolution era in the US, and the changes it has seen shows from the development of their products, from simple reel mowers to a more urban electric model. The company also manufactures different brands that are received well by consumers for their durable and eco-friendly power tools. They have successfully saved their brand from the post-war mower bust in the 1950s to become a trusted company for cleaner and greener options in the industry. Their brand is a household name that spans more than a century of history.

American Lawn Mower Company 50514 Review

an affordable electric mower with modern features

The American Lawn Mower Company 50514 is a corded electric mower that gets great reviews from users, and you’ll know why it does when you use it.

Performance and Cut Quality

First of all, I normally would not choose a corded electric model if I’m presented with other options, simply because the cord is a distracting addition to mowers. I guess I could say that I’ve forgiven this fact because performance-wise, the unit mowed my front lawn quite efficiently. I have a well-kept box type yard, so it really did an excellent job cutting through, leaving grass of less than an inch long. This is the first mower I’ve used that gave me this short of grass length, and I like it.

The motor equipped in this mower is an amazing 11 amp, which probably should take the praise for this machine’s performance. It gives up to 90% of efficiency, giving rise to the unit’s gas-like power when mowing. It can cut through most types of grass, although you may have to pass a few times on dense or weedy areas. It can handle hilly train, but not as excellently as it handles smooth, even terrain.

Doing extra passes with this unit is not a hassle since it is lightweight, but I do have to comment on the fact that it makes the cut quality struggle. I noticed a few uneven cuts here and there, but it’s not so pronounced that it’s not that big a deal. The blade is easily replaceable, so attaching a better and higher-grade blade can solve this problem.

It also has trouble when dealing with stray sticks on the lawn. I’ve had it stall once and after inspecting, found a twig that it cannot cut through. I’ve learned to avoid sticks so as not to damage the mower.

Ease of Use

This is one of those models that look like a toy car, and it’s as easy to operate with just a push button. Since it is considerably lightweight and has great and even dimensions, mowing through edges and corners is not a challenge at all. The adjustable handle also contributes to its ease of use, because I was able to modify the handle to fit my height.

What I’m not happy about is the cord that keeps getting unplugged whenever I try to mow through the far corners of my lawn. I needed to use an extension cord to be able to reach the edge, and even then, it unplugged a few times still. I also had to be careful mowing because the cord gets in the way when I’m turning in a different direction. Yes, electric mowers are a greener option, but if you want the less hassle version, you would want the cordless model instead.

The plastic lever of the cutting height adjustment is easy to manipulate, although you only get 2 height settings, which makes the machine struggle on taller grasses. What I do is I cut them manually first then trim with this mower, which lessens the effort I need to give while mowing.

Special Features

The 11 amp motor is a special feature in itself because it powers up this lightweight mower to be capable of cutting tough grasses with gas-like prowess. I am satisfied with how efficient the American Lawn Mower Company 50514 is, and it is because it packs so much punch minus the environmental hazard a gas mower possesses.

The cutting deck is 14 inches, and that is probably one of the medium-sized blades equipped in mowers. However, it fits perfectly with the mower’s dimensions so it’s not a problem at all. You can just overlap the paths to ensure that everything is evenly cut.

The cut height adjustment might pose a problem for some people because it is only capable of two settings from 1 to 2.25. it would take some getting used to, but it will give you a really short grass cut which, for me, looks better and does not require next day mowing.

Since this is an electric model, the only sound you will hear is the whirring of the motor; more like a whooshing sound, which is more preferable than a gas mower’s roar. It is quiet, and ideal to be used for those early morning mowing exercise, or in the afternoons for a maintenance cut.

Feature-wise, the 50514 does not have much because it is an entry-level corded mower, but its performance more than makes up for this lack.

Design

This mower is very light, and by light, I mean ultralight at only 25.4 pounds. It is even lighter than some toy cars in the market, but don’t let that deceive you; it can compete with some of the bulkier models out there. The dimension is a compact 46 x 18.5 x 38 inches, which allows it to be stored effectively on smaller spaces.

Okay, so it’s light because the build is mostly plastic. It’s not ordinary by any means, but this does not guarantee that it would be durable especially if you are looking to use it in tough areas. You really have to be careful because a few encounters with obstacles might cause the exterior to crack or scratch, which is something that can be avoided if you take really good care of the plastic parts.

The unit comes pre-assembled, meaning that most of the parts including the wheel and the motor are attached to it already. What you need to do after taking it out the box is fixing the handle on the unit. It only took me around 50 minutes to set up, plugged it in and start testing the mower thereafter.

Cost Effectiveness

The American Lawn Mower Company 50514 costs less than $100 online so I can say that it is indeed budget-friendly and even an easy buy for when you need a basic model to handle small yards. It is very cheap, so I really did not expect much from it. Now I can say that the motor does a decent job and is worth more than the price, so I guess you call this a steal if you bought it. Fair warning, though: don’t expect so much from this tiny mower.

Grass Collection and Discharge

The 50514 is a 2-in-1 lawn mower, which means that it has both the mulching and rear bag discharge options. I am glad that for its price, it offers a mulching ability, which I found lacking in more basic models that are more expensive than this. However, I’ve used far more outstanding mulchers than this mower. The mulching capacity is ordinary and sometimes unsatisfactory, but I guess if you purchase a better blade, then the result would be better in terms of the mulching discharge.

The bagging option is better than its mulching option, in my opinion. The grass bag has a 9.25-gallon capacity and is high quality to protect grass clippings from straying and potentially hitting you in the face. It also has an indicator to let you know when the bag is full and needs to be empty.

There’s no struggle with attaching or detaching the bag, but if you are mowing a larger expanse, you would probably need to take a few trips to the compost or dumping spot to prevent the machine from bogging down.

There is no side-discharge option, which could have been a nice addition, but seeing as the design cannot accommodate it, the bagging and mulching options are enough to get the job done.

Maneuverability

The wheels look flimsy and are hollow. They are also only 7 inches in size, so it’s not a sturdy or heavy-duty set of rollers that you would want in a mower. It would have been nicer to have bigger rear wheels for better traction, but you just cannot have it all. In terms of maneuverability, the wheels decently roll through even terrain but struggles on the contoured ground.

Thanks to its ultralightweight and compact design, the mower can be pushed around with ease. The only downside is that turning or pivoting cannot be instant because there is the power cord that you need to watch out for. Running over the cord could spell disaster, so better to avoid it from happening, and thus affecting maneuverability in the process.

Maintenance

The American Lawn Mower Company is a corded electric model, which automatically frees it from technical maintenance that gas mowers are subjected to, like oil tune-ups and gas-to-air mixture. Plus, you don’t have to send it in a few times for engine servicing. Electric mowers are more convenient in this aspect, making them practically low maintenance.

The corded model should be given attention in aftercare since the power cord is the main part that gives the mower life. You have to attach it to the retention hook found on the handle so it doesn’t get messy or tangled. Also, check for any cuts on the cord that might short circuit the thing, damaging the whole unit.

Another thing to take note is the cleanliness of the mower’s underside. Grass clippings can clump on that area, so it is better to wipe off that side after every use.

What’s in the box?

The box comes with a preassembled unit of American Lawn Mower Company 50514 along with its parts for operation. The box also contains a 9.25-gallon grass bag, a power cord and detached handles that need to be installed prior to use.

The unit is complete with all the necessary parts to get the machine working, which includes the push button start, the 11 amp power motor, four 7-inch wheels, single lever for height adjustment, and a plastic exterior for the body.

The box also has an instruction manual for your reference, but you can also download it off the manufacturer’s website.

Pros: Things We Love!​

  • 11-amp motor cuts on most grasses
  •  5-level height adjustment
  •  2-in-1 discharge option
  • The handle can be adjusted
  • Lightweight and compact
  • No gas fumes or harmful chemicals
  • Affordable
  • Eco-friendly

Cons: Points of Improvement

  • Factory blades might be a bit dull
  • Not for commercial use on huge yards

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often do blades need to be sharpened?

A: Blades need sharpening at least once a year, but if you are opting to replace the factory blade with something higher grade, you’ll be using the blades for a couple more years before it would wear off.

Q: Can it cut grass with tall weeds?

A: The 50514 does handle tough grasses well, and can cut through weeds for a few extra passes.

Q: Is it an American Made Mower?

A: American Lawn Mower products are made in China.

Q: How long is the cord?

A: The cord that comes is of the ordinary length of up to 10 feet and needs an extension cord to extend its reach.

Q: What specification of an extension cord can we use?

A: A 12-gauge wire of up to 100 feet long is compatible with an 11-amp motor.