Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower

9.7

Performance/Cut Quality

9.6/10

Features

9.8/10

Durability

9.8/10

Value

9.6/10

Warranty/Support

9.8/10

Pros

  • Good run time at 36 minutes.
  • Large 50 litre grass collection box.
  • Excellent Warranty – 5 years limited product – 3 years limited on the battery and charger.
  • Supplied with a dual battery charger to charge both batteries simultaneously.
  • Larger rear wheels for manoeuvrability and stability.

Cons

  • Short usage time compared to a petrol mower.

Murray 44cm Review 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion (IQ18WM44)

Murray 44cm Review

Summary

The Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM44 is powered by 2 x 18 volt 5.0 Ah batteries and a 36 volt brushless motor and supplied with a dual battery charger. The 44cm cutting width together with the powerful Briggs and Stratton batteries make this mower ideal for larger lawns up to 640 m². The Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower is supplied with a large 50 litre collection box, 7 height level positions from 25mm to 75mm via a single lever and provides up to 36 minutes of run time. This mower has the ability to “cut and collect” or “cut and rear discharge” the cuttings.

The Murray 44cm cordless mower is for owners of medium-sized lawns that do not want to mess about with petrol or power-cords. Powered by rechargeable batteries, it is compact, and every design aspect is there to make life a little easier.

Main Features

Rating: 9.7/10
Lawn Size: Medium (2.5 tennis courts) 640m2.
Power: 1500-Watt for 36 minutes mow time.
Cable Length: Cordless 18-volt 5.0 Ah lithium-ion battery.
Blade Length: 44cm metal.
Number of Cutting Heights: 7 (25mm to 75mm).
Grass Box Capacity: 50 L.
Weight: 14 Kg.
Model Number: IQ18WM44

Power System

This model uses a 1500 watt 36 volt brushless battery-powered motor, which ensures powerful and efficient running. The two Briggs and Stratton’s 18 volt 5 Ah batteries are used together in the mower and provide a very respectable 36 minutes of run time with the power to cut longer and more demanding lawns and lawn up to 640m2.

The performance and power from this Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower compares very well with the likes of Bosch and Gtech mowers.

Murray do provide this mower in a smaller version (IQ18WM37). What’s the difference?

Well the first thing is the smaller 2.5 Ah batteries that will charge in 55 minutes but give a shorter run time, so is therefore designed to cover lawns up to 450m2.

The other difference is the smaller deck size at just 37cm as opposed the 44cm on this mower and a slightly small grass collection box at 40 litres (compared to 50 litres).

Below is a comparison table so you can clearly see the differences between these two Murray mowers.

Model Name: IQ18WM37
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 37 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM37,...
Model Name: IQ18WM44
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM44,...
Lawn Mower
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 37 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM37,...
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM44,...
Batteries
2x 18V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion
2x 18V 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion
Lawn Coverage
Up to 425m2
Up to 640m2
Mowing Time
32 minutes
36 minutes
Charging Time
55 minutes
110 minutes
Cutting Width
37cm
44cm
Weight (with batteries)
13.5 Kg
15.4 Kg
Grass Box Capacity
40 Litres
50 Litres
Cutting Heights
Single lever, 7 positions, 25 - 75mm
Single lever, 7 positions, 25 - 75mm
Battery power indicator
Grass bag filling indicator
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 16,5cm / Rear: 25cm
Front: 16,5cm / Rear: 25cm
Customer Rating
Price
£263.35
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
Model Name: IQ18WM37
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 37 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM37,...
Lawn Mower
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 37 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM37,...
Batteries
2x 18V 2.5Ah Lithium-Ion
Lawn Coverage
Up to 425m2
Mowing Time
32 minutes
Charging Time
55 minutes
Cutting Width
37cm
Weight (with batteries)
13.5 Kg
Grass Box Capacity
40 Litres
Cutting Heights
Single lever, 7 positions, 25 - 75mm
Battery power indicator
Grass bag filling indicator
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 16,5cm / Rear: 25cm
Customer Rating
Price
£263.35
Prime Benefits
More information
Full Review
Model Name: IQ18WM44
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM44,...
Lawn Mower
Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 44 cm Cordless Lawn Mower IQ18WM44,...
Batteries
2x 18V 5.0Ah Lithium-Ion
Lawn Coverage
Up to 640m2
Mowing Time
36 minutes
Charging Time
110 minutes
Cutting Width
44cm
Weight (with batteries)
15.4 Kg
Grass Box Capacity
50 Litres
Cutting Heights
Single lever, 7 positions, 25 - 75mm
Battery power indicator
Grass bag filling indicator
Mulching
Rear Discharge
Wheel Size
Front: 16,5cm / Rear: 25cm
Customer Rating
Price
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
More information
Full Review

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Battery Charger

The kit comes with a dual charger so that both 18-volt lithium-ion batteries can charge simultaneously. This will charge two flat batteries in 110 minutes on the docks and comes with a 1.8 metre power cable installed.

Both the charger and the battery have a USB-A socket (0.5 amps). The charger’s USB socket can charge the battery or another device. Similarly, the battery can charge or power other portable electronics.

These batteries work across the range of Murray 18 volt cordless tools so again competing well with Bosch and Worx range of tools.

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Blades

Murray blades are steel, precision cut, as expected from a Murray, and these make sharp and efficient cuts. The blades on the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower have a good lifespan if looked after will give years of effect use. If you do however need to replace the blade, then they are readily available and reasonably priced

These blades are simple in design, so replacements are easy to find and inexpensive. Blades can also be sharpened with a few tools and basic DIY skills.

Height Adjustment

Murray 44cm Height

The front wheels are 16.5cm, and the rear are 25cm which is a nice touch from Murray as it helps with manoeuvrability and assists with stability of the mower especially when full laden.

There is a choice of seven heights, which range from 25mm up to 75mm. Now, the 75 mm may seem high, however, this is to allow the mower to start higher on over-grown lawns and gradually work your way lower. Being and electric battery mower, the motor will stop temporarily when presented with too great a challenge to protect the motor, so this is a nice touch from Murray.

The height adjustment is positioned centrally to the mower making it easy to operate.

Cutting Diameter

The Murray lithium-ion range of mowers, besides having two types of battery to choose from, also has a choice of blade lengths. This version has a 44cm metal blade, but there is the option for a smaller deck size with the Murray 2 x 18 V (36 V) Lithium-Ion 37cm IQ18WM37.

Which one is best? It really does depend on the size and type of your lawn. If you have narrow strips of lawn or many obstacles, then perhaps the smaller 37cm deck size would be a better fit.

Roller (Stripes)

This range of Murray mowers do not have a roller, nor a striker. And therefore, this mower will not produce a stripy lawn.

Grass Box Capacity

Murray 44cm Review

The grass box on this Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower is collapsible, with a solid top and mesh sides for greater airflow. This design also helps with compacting the box down for storage. The size of the grass box is 50 litres.

So, unless you have left your lawn for a long time, this should be enough to collect all cuttings from a medium- size lawn in one go. There is a fill level indicator on top of the grass collector, as an external visual aid, and the box is easy to remove when full.

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Practicalities

There is a 3-digit LED display on the front of each battery to show the percentage of charge remaining. This means that you can read the charge left on each battery without having to take them out of the mower.

The power pack that comes with the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower makes life easier by having two docks to fast charge the batteries. The batteries sit under a cover in the mower, away from flying grass clippings.

Convenient for storage, the main handle folds in two-halves to become the same length as the mower. To make the controls more comfortable for operators, the handle is adjustable with three different heights. And the handrail, covered in a soft foam grip, helps to absorb vibrations from the spinning blade.

To make the motor even more efficient and the batteries last longer, there is a Soft-Start button. Soft start slows the acceleration of the blade and will take 3 seconds to use. An LED light indicator shows when the blade is at full speed.

This display will also show the operator if they are trying to use too low a setting on tall or thick grass. A high load light means that the operator should increase the blade height.

All wheels on the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower are solid, so there are no issues with repairing a flat tyre. And behind the front wheels, grass combs pull grass under and in-towards the blade, so it will reach grass up to the width of the machine.

Safety Features

Murray 44cm Safety

A single handle for blade height adjustment means that there is no reason to go around to the front when the machine is running. Everything except for removing the battery is possible to adjust from the back of the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower.

These are lithium-ion batteries, and as such, can overheat if the operator tries to mow thick grass. To prevent this from happening, a 30-amp Load Protection will shut the power down until it cools off. In this cooling- off period, the operator should increase the cutting height and try again.

The deck is plastic, this is a good thing for an electric mower, as it offers greater insulation from the operator. Plastic will help to absorb the noises from the blade and the motor, as well as reducing the overall weight.

To activate the mower, the operator first needs to insert a key in the slot, behind the batteries, underneath the main cover. The operator should remove the safety key, along with the batteries, when doing any maintenance on the unit.

To get the mower running after activation, there is a safety lock that needs releasing before the throttle handle will move.

Mulching

These cordless series mowers from Murray are a 2-1, meaning collecting and rear discharge. Original plans specified a removable mulching plug. But Murray has not installed a mulching plug, and there does not appear to be an aftermarket model-specific plug available.

It may be possible to add a standard Murray mulching plug, but this would mean changing to a mulching blade and would end the warranty. Advice is to leave it alone, let the grass exit from the back, and go over the same area to mulch.

What’s Included in the Box?

  • Murray 36-volt 44cm cordless lawnmower.
  • Two 18-volt 5Ah batteries.
  • Dual charger.
  • User Manual

Pros:

  • Simple. No complex mechanics or oil changes.
  • Good run time at 36 minutes.
  • Large 50 litre grass collection box.
  • Larger rear wheels for manoeuvrability and stability.
  • Supplied with a dual battery charger to charge both batteries simultaneously.
  • Excellent Warranty – 5 years limited product – 3 years limited on the battery and charger.
  • Batteries interchangeable with other Murray tools.
  • Economical. No fuel to buy or engine parts to maintain.
  • Safe in storage. Without batteries and key, the mower will not work.
  • Lithium-ion batteries will stay charged for many months in storage. Petrol clogs carburettors when left for a period of months.

Cons:

  •  Short usage time compared to a petrol mower.

Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower User Manual

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Should You Buy This Model?

This Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower really compares so well to other brands such as Bosch and Worx in terms of build quality, performance and practicalities. It was difficult to find any negatives specifically with this mower that is not common across all battery power mowers. No, the Murray is not the cheapest mower of this size on the market, however you are getting a premium mower that delivers features and quality that really will make mowing the lawn that much easier and more enjoyable.

As lawnmowers go, this is one of the more environmentally friendly machines that you will find. It does not emit fumes like a petrol mower.

No cables are powering it, so you do not have to worry about slicing through one as you go around the lawn. And the batteries are compatible with other Murray cordless tools.

This mower is ideal for those that:

  • People with gardens up to 640m2 in size.
  • Those that do NOT require a stripey lawn.
  • Those looking for a premium battery mower with good features.
  • People that like a large grass box for less emptying.
  • Those that like the option of rear discharge.
  • Storage is limited as handles and grass box fold flat.
  • People looking for a longer warranty period (5 Years Limited Product Warranty)

 

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Murray’s cordless mowers in general are:

  • Are easy to pack away for the winter months.
  • Batteries will last most of the winter with charge. And even if they do not, you can use them as battery stations for portable electronics.
  • Are safe and offer a range of safety features.
  • Are economical to run. Charging batteries from the mains supply are far cheaper than using petrol.
  • Murray makes very high quality mowers and great blades. You know that this brand stands for durability and reliability, with parts that are easy to replace.
  • The mower comes with a limited 5-year warranty on the mower. There is a separate warranty for the batteries and the charger of 3 years. Long numbers that show the manufacturer has big faith in what they have made.

Conclusion

Murray 44cm Review

The only slight negative I could find with this Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower is it is slight louder than others I have tested. Now this maybe due to the powerful 5 Ah batteries pushing the motor and giving more torque. To give you a comparison the Sound Level on this mower is 96 (dbA), compared to the Bosch Rotak 43 LI at 76 (dbA), this isn’t much, but I thought I should mention it anyway.

Machines make noise, and this is unavoidable, efficient batteries such as lithium-ion are the way forward. It is not only about the noise, but the cost to the environment. Petrol will become more expensive, and the cost of recharging two 18-volt batteries is nominal.

The lack of a mulching plug seems like a missed opportunity. But then a mulcher is a piece of equipment that adds weight and expense to a machine that not all owners want. And it is possible to make a second pass over an area to perform some faux mulching.

The large back wheel makes a lot of sense for a full grass-laden machine, where most of the weight will sit. These solid wheels are thick and sturdy, which takes away another potential issue that less well-made units have.

Some genius design touches make this Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower less work for the operator. Being able to see the battery power reserve with a push of a button. A level on the grass box to see when it is full. A meter on the handlebar to see when the blade is at full rotation.

These little details will go unnoticed in the beginning, but you would notice if they were gone. If you are into new technology and plan to build an arsenal of cordless Murray tools, then you will not be disappointed with this very impressive lawn mower

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  • Powered by Briggs and Stratton 18 V lithium-ion battery system
  • 2x Briggs and Stratton 18 V 5.0 Ah lithium-ion battery and dual charger included in the box
  • Powerful 1, 5 kW/36 V dual battery brushless motor technology for longer life, low noise and Highest in class performance
  • Soft-grip handles minimise vibration and fold for easy storage
  • Ideal for coverage up to 640 Sq.mt
  • Run time up to 36 minutes

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Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower FAQ’s

What size lawn is the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower designed for?

Up to 640m2

Is the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower self propelled?

No, this is push mower.

Do the batteries and charger come supplied with Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower?

Yes - 2 18v 5.0 Ah batteries and a dual charger.

How large is the grass collection box on the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower?

50 Litres

Can the Murray 44cm Cordless Lawn Mower mulch?

No, there is no mulching facility.