This is my lawn mower.
While some might call it ‘Old Fashioned’, it is technically called a ‘Reel’ lawn mower and all things considered, a remarkably good lawn mower. It cuts the grass very nicely, mulches, I get a good workout, and it’s eco-friendly, not to mention cheap (less than a hundred bucks plus it never needs gas).
The downside? Well, if you come across a pine cone or a fallen branch or maybe a stubborn blade a grass, it stops. Like, on a dime. Without any warning. And whomever is pushing the mower is impaled upon the handles.
Fun times, let me tell you.
Unfortunately, the Reel mower broke on Sunday. A nice split in the handle, probably due to my abdominal muscles being repeatedly slammed against it. While I can take some pride in having abs that can bust metal, it does mean I’m out of a lawn mower.
So now I’ve ordered a new mower – a Black & Decker CM1836 18-inch 36v Cordless Electric Lawn Mower. I’ve been eying one for a while since it fits all my needs – quiet, mows, and eco-friendly (there’s plenty of articles out there on how inefficient gas mowers are).
The downside is that (good) electric lawn mowers are not cheap. I had been hoping to save up for the new one but things sort of got pushed forward.
Now I’m faced with a new problem. The new lawn mower won’t be here for about two weeks (you try paying for overnight shipping on something that weights 60+ pounds. Not cheap!) Despite my asking, begging, and pleading, I don’t think my grass is going to stop growing. On top of that, we’re due for rain on Friday and my lawn usually takes off after a good soaking.
I could, in theory, borrow the neighbor’s lawn mower but that’s a gas powered one and as I stated earlier, I’m looking for eco-friendly solutions.
So after some brainstorming, I came up with two great, environmentally sensitive ideas. I can’t wait to see which one Steph will choose …