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Yes, it’s that time of year again. The days are getting longer, the sun is waking up, and there’s a lovely smell of fresh-cut grass gently wafting across every cul-de-sac in Britain.
But not all mowers are made equal. Oh, no. Some are cordless; some have powerful cutting decks. In the case of the WORX 40V WG779E.2, it has both. Many lawn fanatics laud this top-of-the-line mowing machine for its Intellicut technology, ease of use, and range of cutting heights. So, when GardenReviews asked me to take it for a test drive, I couldn’t wait.
Here’s how it faired…
The Worx WG779E.2 in a nutshell
The Worx WG779E.2 has a 40V cordless system and a 34cm cutting deck suitable for gardens up to 460 square metres. The mower has two 2.0A or 4.0A batteries, a rapid charger, and a 30L grass collection bag. It also features Worx’s Intellicut technology that adjusts the power output according to the grass cut and has five heights ranging from 2cm to 7cm. The mower is relatively lightweight at 12kg and has an orange ergonomic handle that is easy to grip.
It’s super straightforward to assemble. The plastics in the chassis are thick and sturdy, while the wheels feel solid enough to take on rugged terrain. The handles seamlessly bolt into place, and changing between the cutting heights was reasonably simple after a quick skim of the user manual. The mower has two speeds: Eco and Turbo, and you can expect up to 40 minutes of mowing from a single charge.
When mowing, the WG779E performed excellently on my medium-sized garden, its cut-to-edge design allowing me to get closer to fences without digging out my strimmer afterwards.
I even spotted a roller at the rear for those who want a striped effect — I’ll leave it to you more confident mowers to test that one out! If there’s a negative, I’d say the Worx WG779E does become sluggish over long, wet grass, even with the reinforced axels, which can cause clogging in the collector. But overall, I found it to be a reliable, affordable cordless mower that is easy to use and store.
- Clean cuts
- Brilliant battery life
- Easy to handle and store
- Affordable compared to competitors
- Does tend to clog on thick, wet grass
How well does it cut?
The WG779E.2 features Worx’s patented Intellicut technology, which, for those who don’t know, automatically adjusts the power output to suit the grass length. It’s an innovative system that helps to maximise battery life (more on that later) and ensure the deck conveys grass from the sides of the mower towards the blade. In lay terms, you won’t have to repeatedly go over the same area to achieve a clean cut.
The cutting deck itself is 34cm (but there is a smaller model) and is made from high-quality materials, ensuring that it is durable and long-lasting. It is also designed with a push propulsion system, which got the job done much quicker than some competitor mowers in the middle market.
The five cutting heights range from 2cm to 7cm. Now, I’ve seen a few other reviewers that found it difficult to change between heights, but honestly, I didn’t experience any issues. There’s a clever one-touch height adjustment lever that you pull. I found it easy to adjust between settings as I moved around my garden, taking into consideration grass that was a little thicker towards the back.
Want your garden to look like a freshly cut football field? A rear roller produces a striped effect – gently flattening the grass for a well-manicured result.
Cordless means poor battery life, right?
On the contrary, as someone who has reviewed a few cordless mowers, the WG779E.2 outperforms its competitors in this department. The mower comes with two 2.0A or 4.0A batteries, and both are interchangeable with other Worx products, which is a nice bonus if you’re already invested in their power tool range.
Regarding charging time, I was impressed with how quickly the batteries filled up. It took around an hour to fully charge the 2.0A battery and just over 2 hours for the larger 4.0A battery. However, the charger can get warm during charging, which is something to remember.
Once fully charged, the batteries last up to 40 minutes of mowing on Eco mode and 25 minutes on Turbo mode, which is more than enough time to tackle an average-sized lawn. The battery indicator on the handle is also a nice touch. It allowed me to plan my mowing route, so I didn’t run out of power halfway through the job.
One of the great features of the Worx WG779E.2 is its 30L grass collection bag. Attaching and detaching the bag is easy, and it clicks securely into place. The bag is made of a durable, breathable fabric that helps to prevent grass from flying out of the bag during use. It’s also straightforward to empty the bag when full, with a simple mechanism that releases the grass clippings without making a mess.
However, it’s worth noting that the bag can fill up quickly, especially if you have a more extensive lawn or have let your grass grow a little longer than usual. In this case, you may need to empty the bag more frequently. I also noticed that the bag can sometimes get caught on branches or foliage if you have a lot of trees in your garden, so be careful not to rip it.
A gentle hum
The noise level is relatively low compared to other mowers on the market. The motor produces a gentle hum, which is much less jarring than the sound of a petrol mower. This makes it a more pleasant experience for the user and any nagging neighbours within earshot. No specific noise-reducing features are built into the mower, but the cordless technology replaces any typically whirring engine.
The Worx WG779E.2 is a well-built, sturdy mower designed to last. My only gripe would be that the cutting blade may need replacing after a certain amount of use, but this is a standard maintenance requirement for most mowers, and it’s easy enough to do yourself or take it to a professional. Additionally, you may need to replace the batteries more often if you’re using the mower frequently or in particularly tough conditions (such as on hilly terrain or in wet weather).
WORX 40V WG779E.2 Verdict
Overall, the WORX 40V WG779E.2 cordless lawn mower is a reliable, affordable option that will meet the needs of anyone with an average-sized lawn. Its Intellicut technology and range of cutting heights make it easy to handle, while the battery life is impressive for a cordless model. While it may struggle with long, wet grass, the mower’s durability is commendable, with a sturdy chassis and solid wheels. All in all, the WORX 40V WG779E.2 is an excellent option for those looking for an easy-to-use cordless lawn mower that won’t break the bank.