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Yesterday I bought a reel mower at a thrift shop! :D
It did a good job where the grass was reasonable length, but I had to go over it several times where it was taller than I should have let it get, some of my yard grass had grown 8" in the last week, and I had been so busy!
I was surprised that the mower was easier to push than I thought it would be on normal length grass, and was only harder to push in the long thick grass! :)
I bought the reel mower thinking it would be something fun to use on the small actual lawn, but am now thinking it will at least some times be a useful way of conserving energy while making my mowing more relaxing! :D
I had a rickety old reel mower I used a bit while growing up, but it was in too poor of shape to do much with, now I can relive childhood memories with my new reel mower, which of course is a real mower! ;)
No noise and exhaust, less accidental slicing of toes or small critters ...
For the long stuff, there's always a scythe!
It's funny that those paintings of English estate lawns never show the herds of sheep that kept it nicely short.
The memories must be nice too. :)
What's a reel mower?
I use what we call a side wheel mower, it consists of 2 wheels with a normal cylinder mower blade between and that is all it is. The mowings come out the back ( all over your feet) I use it in the churchyard as it comes apart easy and fits into a box on wheels along with my tools and water bottles for the flowers and plants.Only fault is that you can't mow too close to the edge but that don't matter as the paths are cut through long grass and have no edges as such.
Just exactly what you described Colin!
Modern American mowers have a blade like a airplane propeller on them.
The reel mower seems to work different muscles than my gas engine mowers, and uses other muscles in different ways.
I mowed almost as big of a patch with it as I mow with a gas engined mower at once, and though I felt a bit more sore and exhausted afterward, I recovered more quickly, felt more relaxed during and after mowing, and didn't get as dehydrated! :D
We have two of them. The first one was in poor shape but the last one we got works great. We got them originally for my son to use in hard to get in areas when he was to young for the push mower or weedeater. Now my daughter likes to use it while we are mowing the larger areas....she thinks its "cool." lol
It is so easy to push even though it drives the blades with the wheels!
When I was about 5/6 years old I held my finger close to where the blade cuts and my older brother reversed the mower quickly causing me to have the tip of my finger cut off.
All my life I have had a reminder of that foolish stunt. The finger healed and a small extension grew in place of the lost tip.
They are very good tools if used properly.
... aren't always an improvement. Sure, gas mowers get it done, but Larry seems to have found some satisfying side effects of the old fashioned mower.
My grandpa passed in his late 80's, but he still used his push mower, still climbed up on his roof in Minnesota's winters to clear ice, and still cross-country ski'ed very often, so there's something to be said for old fangled stuff.
I mowed about as much today as I seem to be able to handle with the gas mowers, and even though I had a terrible kink in my back earlier, I feel wonderful now! :D
Usually after a this much mowing, I can hardly move, and want to do nothing but sleep!,,,I always knew the exhaust from my mowers was killing me!,,,If I keep this up, I may never use a gas engine mower again!,,,And I'm wondering why mowers were switched to gas engines in the first place!,,,Making work more exhausting is progress?
And NOT keep up with the Jones'es???? Say it ain't so!!!
Either that or Suburbia was invented, and ATV's were not yet. (toys, toys, toys)
I'd think a mower that can cut the grass without any fuel is much more technologically advanced than any old polluting gas guzzling mower! :P
Just bein' sarcastic ... certainly earned your raspberry.
Didn't think sarcasm was in your character Red, must be lack of smokey that's done it. Realised you were talking about petrol engines. My friend has actually converted his petrol sit on and ride mower to Gas. Propane actually. It works and is far more economical than petrol and for some reason quieter with very little exhaust fumes.
My trouble is that I can't walk well so have to mow like you use a hoover, you know push and pull and then move on a bit. So it takes me three times as long as you frisky folk but speed isn't everything. Ask any tortoise. On my side wheel I don't use a box so the mowings get put back down and it helps level the ground( we have resident mole populations in the churchyard) and the mowings act as a mulch to the soil.The worms take them into the soil and the moles eat the worms. Nothing is wasted.
... usually not so, but at times it'll pop out and surprise me!
May be facetious was a better descrip?
Time to let the wild grasses go to seed again, another year or two and I'll have the place all filled in!
I can handle a raspberry now and then Larry!!
I hear that about the grasses ... got a neighbor who cuts the lawn too short too early in the year ... guess he loves getting out and re-seeding in the autumn! Me, I don't like making extra work altho' it happens in spite of best efforts. *sigh*
Reel mowers are good as they are easy to maintain and easy to use. They do give you a workout though. Pushing that mower around your lawn can build up a sweat but it will keep you fit. They do cut the grass well but do not give as fine a cut as other types of mowers do. In addition to this, reel mowers are a lot quieter than other mowers, such as gas mowers.
We use NoMowGrass on parts of our farm lawn because it doesn't need mowing more than a couple times a year here in the north. We found ours on http://NoMowGrass.com and it only gets 3-6 inches except when it tries to go to seed.
"And NOT keep up with the Jones'es???? Say it ain't so!!! Either that or Suburbia was invented, and ATV's were not yet. (toys, toys, toys) :lol:"
With thanks! An abundance of strategies!
You actually stated this really well!.
Beneficial info, Cheers.