with you recommending pushing one of those monsters and telling people it is easier to push one of those than it is to use a push power mower? OK, now that statement makes me wonder about you. I think someone has brainwashed you at an early age about pushing a reel mower vs. on pushing a mower powered by an engine or motor of some type. Did your mom or dad tell you this and give you a cookie or a heath bar every time they told you it twenty-one times?
paul wheaton wrote:
(sorry for the delay, I'm getting caught up on lots of stuff ...)
Let's fiddle with a bit of math.
You will admit that a manual mower is lighter, right? Would you be willing to say that the manual mower is probably three times lighter (maybe more)?
Assuming that is the case ....
Would you then say that pushing the manual mower around and no grass is being cut is twice as easy as doing the same with a gas mower?
When you mow low, I have to agree with you: this is going to be damn near impossible. At the very least, it will be freakishly frustrating. If you take a traditional manual mower and set it as high as it will go, it will still be terribly difficult - much harder than using a power mower. But .... if you mow at a height of at least 3 inches, it turns out you usually are not mowing much grass. I would speculate that mowing at 3 inches would be about seven times easier than mowing at 1.75 inches (the maximum height for the old school manual mowers).
If you let your lawn grow to 6 to 12 inches inches tall, the manual mower is going to do a really lame job and it's going to be a lot of work. But! If you mow every couple of weeks when it is 4 to 5 inches tall, the manual mower will be easy to use. Easier than a gas mower.
And if you are mowing short, you will need to mow two to four times more often. So if you mow tall, you won't mow as often, and the manual will be easier.