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#1 of 6 Old 02-18-2011, 05:45 AM - Thead Starter
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We have to get a lawn mower.  Naturally, I would love a riding mower, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen thanks to our finances.  In fact, I have to find ways to love being at home which I hate.  So push mower it is.  I have been looking at these human powered mowers and thinking seriously about getting one.

 

Here are the pros:

 

1)  They cost less than regular mowers and they do not require gas, oil or much maintenance.

 

2) Silent.  Since dh and I have huge problems with heat, this is an issue.  Either of us could mow at any time of the day or night without bothering anyone.  I'll also be mowing around kids, so being able to hear them that will be a plus.  I am not living in the fantasy world that they will never be outside when I am mowing.

 

3)  Teaching dd how to mow will be less scary since there will be none of the problems with an actual powered engine.

 

4)  Dh grew up using these and he said they aren't too hard to push or even harder than a regular mower.  Regular mowers do leave me with the feeling my hands will be vibrated off.  Dh says he'll mow the yard.  I say, we'll see.  Watch me not holding my breath here.  When my hands are vibrated too much they fall asleep which is a bad thing when mowing.

 

5) You get your exercise.  Not real high on my plus list.  I usually like exercise without misery and mowing is misery.

 

6) Environmentally friendly.  Again.  Not a big plus.  If I could mow my entire yard in like two minutes and be environmentally friendly, then it would be a plus.  Just the thought of push mowing a lawn in 100+ heat makes me want to have a lie down. 

 

Here are the cons:

 

1)  I Hate push mowing.  It takes forever and I get covered with itchy grass.  Plus I really hate stopping to clean out the mower all the time or having to wait until the dew dries to mow.  Okay, dew is no problem for this type of mower, but is for a gas powered mower.  So that is a pro in the con section.

 

2)  Small sticks are a problem.  My yard is covered in small sticks!  And large sticks and every other size of stick. 

 

3)  Blades are uncovered.  I especially don't like that.  There are models which have covered blades, but they are not the cheap, American made, almost 5 star model I was looking at.  They have lower ratings and are mainly plastic.  This one is mostly steel. 

http://www.amazon.com/American-1414-16-16-Inch-Standard-Feature/dp/B001LF2O8E/ref=pd_sbs_ol_3

 

Some doctor wrote a review on these which said human powered mowers are actually safer around kids than electric or gas powered ones. because you can hear the kids running up on you.  I'll give him that one even though those open blades look really scary since my cousin RJ lost a toe to a riding mower when we were kids. 

 

4) Price.  It is a whole lot cheaper than a riding mower.  Under $100 vs over $1000

 

5)  Dh won't for sure mow the lawn.  If we had my dream John Deere tractor mower with a snow blade attachment, you can bet he would practice the "manly" art of lawn mowing.  Push mowing is not nearly as "manly" as driving around mowing even if push mowing is a lot more work.  Now, we have some guys around here I am sure to hear a defense of the "manly" art of driving a  John Deere tractor mower vs the sissy act of pushing a crappy ole push mower which I hate.  I haven't mentioned that I hate push mowing in the last couple seconds. 

 

6)  I hate push mowing.  I hate it so much, I listed it twice.  I worked my way through junior high and high school push mowing and it sucked!  We had a hilly one acre yard which no matter how you sliced it was all uphill.  How can that possibly be so?  Well, trust me, it was.  I also had to mow my grandma's yard and the church yard.  Yeah, we're talking daily lawn mowing.  Hated it. 

 

So if you've one of these, what did you think of it?  Besides the utter suckitude of having to push mow, that is. 


 
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Okay, I found a new dream lawn mower - the Lawnbot.  It cost between $1500 to $4000.  As awesome as it would be to have a robot mow my yard, it costs way more than even a John Deere Tractor mower with snow blade attachment. 


 
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I used a reel mower in Germany and liked it a lot.  It wasn't any harder to push than a regular push mower.  I wish we had gotten one here, but Jim got a normal push mower.  He likes the gas engine better.  

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It's the "manliness" of the gas powdered motor.  rolleyes.gif  Seems like for the same amount of work, it would be worth it to save on gas and all the clean up time.  Still if he is practicing the manly art of lawn mowing with it, who's to complain?  LOL!


 
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We have a regular gas mower. I do 90% of the mowing. I had to find a way to mow with kids outside or it just doesn't get done. They have strict instructions on where to be when I mow each part of the yard. IF they aren't listening I don't mow. (hardly ever a problem so far. )

 

We had a human powered one growing up (along with the others) I can't remember ever using it though. Its probably still in my parents garage. :)

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I grew up using a push mower and there is no way in HE!! I would ever use one again.  Get a regular gas or electric one that has a mulcher on it for all the tree leaves you have to deal with.  Believe me, I get your hatred of push mowers.  Gas ones are faster and these days, simple to operate.


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