In all the years I have been cutting lawns, I have always used either a gas or an electric mower. I found electric mowers are a pain because I had to keep fiddling around with the cord, making sure it wasn’t in the path of the mower. Have you ever ran over the electrical cord when the mower is running? I have and the cut off piece of cord went flying, screaming past my head. A person could get hurt pretty easily; a slap in the face from a racing cord would do a lot of damage.
In the last years, I have used my John Deer tractor. Every year, Graham keeps threatening to buy a brand new mower and every year, I have been able to sidestep the conversation. He does maintenance regularly and John just keeps running along. I like John just fine and don’t see the need to replace him.
I have a small area between the greenhouse and the berry bed and although I can use John to cut the grass there, it’s a little tight. I’d like one of those reel mowers, like the ones they used to have in the past. There’s no noise except the clacking of the reel and there’s no gas tank to fill. It’s better for the environment and it would keep me in better shape too as it’d be a good workout.
If you’ve used one in the past, please leave a comment and let me know if you liked it. Or hated it. I would think they would be great for small lawns, but for a larger lawn, I’m not sure. Maybe a person would mow a bit one day and move on the next?