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  3. gameraboy:

    Mowin’

    Mickey Cuts Up (1931)

    More fun at electriclawnmower.info

     
  4. thunderstruck-sledding:

    tractor puppy ! (lawn moore) oh well its a deere :) 

     

  5. Cordless Lawn Mowers Vs Gas Powered Lawn Mowers: Which Is Best?

    Traditionally, the main method of mowing your lawn has been with a gas powered lawn mower. It is a machine that has served the test of time and performs the job well. There have been corded electric lawn mowers around for a while of course, but gas mowers have remained the most popular. More recently though, cordless lawn mowers have come onto the market and have been growing in popularity. But, overall, which is best?

    One of the attractions of gas powered mowers is that their range and how much lawn you can cut is limited only by how much gasoline you have in your can. Therefore, for large lawns this is clearly an attraction. Cordless lawn mowers are limited by how long they can run before the battery charge runs out - generally the largest range is a third of an acre from a single charge. However, you can increase the range by buying a model where you can remove the battery and then buy a second battery.

    The power of gas mowers tends to be greater than electric mowers (either corded or cordless), so if you have particularly tricky areas then this may be a consideration for you.

    However, cordless lawn mowers have a number of advantages. The most obvious one being that there are no messy gas or oil cans to deal with. Simply, plug in and charge with none of the obvious hazards of dealing with a highly combustible liquid.

    One of the particular complaints made about gas mowers is their starting. The usual method for starting up involves a pull cord mechanism and in some instances can take several attempts before the engine springs to life. Inevitably this can require some considerable effort, not to mention frustration, particularly with some more erratic starting mowers. Gas mowers tend to be more difficult to start at the beginning of the mowing season (i.e. spring).

    Cordless lawn mowers have no such starting difficulties. The starting mechanism varies but normally requires no more than the pulling of a handle to start. There are none of the reliability problems that have come to be associated with starting gas mowers.

    Another issue relates to emissions. Although the engines of gas powered lawn mowers may be relatively small compared with those of cars, they are responsible for significant pollution. In fact some studies suggest that using a gas powered mower for an hour is equivalent to driving for 100 miles in terms of the emissions produced. Cordless lawn mowers do not produce any emissions directly, but of course cannot be considered to emission free as the power station producing the electricity to charge it will produce some emissions. Overall, however the net contribution to pollution is smaller.

    Overall, unless you have a very large area to mow, I think that cordless lawn mowers offer considerable advantages over their gas powered counterparts and should be a consideration for anyone in the market for a new mower.

     

  6. How to Choose the Best Electric Lawn Mower for your Garden

    Here are easy instructions on how to choose the best lawn mower in a store, assuming you have an average surburban lawn size about half an acre (0.5) or less. This article focuses on the gas-powered rotary lawnmower.

    The first thing to do is ask relatives, friends, co-workers for lawnmower brands and models for recommendations. You want a electric lawn mower that performs well, is easy to operate, is reliable, and is easy to maintain.

    Do an internet search for brands and models. Online researches will give you information on pricing and where you can buy the lawn mower with the specifications mentioned in the steps above. You may even see reviews.

    Decide what type of lawn mower to buy. There are reel, rotary, electric-powered, and even robotic. The gas-powered rotary lawnmower is very common.

    Choose between a push or self propelled lawn mower. Push mowers are cheaper and will give you a little exercise. If you have rough or hilly terrain or if you are not in good shape, the self-propelled lawnmower will suit your needs. But there are lawnmowers that can be heavy for other people like small teenagers or women. In situations such as these, buying a self-propelled lawnmower makes more sense.

    Choose power. Most lawn mowers have 4.5 to 6.5 horsepowers. A lawn mower with less than 4.5 horsepower could make more work and sweat for you, especially if the grass is thick, tall, or wet. Although not recommended, there are some situations where you have no choice but to mow in wet conditions and a higher horsepower lawnmower can give you more power to cut thick wet grass.

    Choose Mulcher, Rear Bagger, or Side Discharger feature. The mulcher cuts grass clippings into fine sizes to help fertilize the lawn. No bagging is needed. A rear bagger collects clippings and keeps the lawn clean. The downside is that you have to put the time to empty the bag and figure out what to do with the clippings. A side discharger disperses the clippings on the lawn. This feature is great for tall grass but you may still have to rake the clippings.

    You can reuse the clippings for mulch or compose for your garden.

    Choose a combination of features. There are some lawn mowers that include two or three of the features from the previous step. For example, some lawn mowers can covert between a mulcher, rear bagger, and side discharger. Some mowers have multiple blade or self-propelled speeds.

    Choose cutting swath. A 21 inch or 22 inch mower is typical but there are 18 and 19 inch mowers available. I have “upgraded” from a 21 inch to a 22 inch and found that it does seem to cut more and save time.

    Choose between a big rear wheel or small rear wheel. I have tried both and feel that a lawn mower with a bigger rear wheel is more maneuverable. I have tried to research an definitive answer for an advantage but could not find a consensus. You can try friends and neighbors lawnmowers and determine which rear wheel size is comfortable for you.

    Look at the buying tips below before you make your purchase. Good luck on your lawn mower purchase.

     
  7. strugglefest101:

    That fresh cut grass smell…

     

  8. Electric Lawnmower Reviews - Which Lawnmower Should you Buy

    Deciding on which lawnmower to buy can be a daunting task. There are just so many different types with so many different features. There are basically four types available and they all have their pro’s and cons.

    Push Reel Mowers are powered solely by you. There are no cords, no charging, no awful gas and oil fumes and they’re very quiet. If you enjoy a good workout this could be the ideal mower for you. If however you have a reasonably extensive lawn maybe not! They are also not very effective if your grass is longer than about 2 ½ inches.

    Electric Lawn Mowers need a power source and they can be limited by the length of the electrical cord, available power points and items that may snag the cord. If your lawn area is reasonably small and you’re not into workouts an electric mower is the right choice for you.

    Cordless Mowers are powered by rechargeable batteries which on some mower models can be removed and charged wherever you like. With cordless mowers you do not have the hassle of plugging in the lead and having to be constantly aware of where your cord is lying but battery life can become an issue. If you have a larger than normal lawn you may not be able to complete the mowing on a single charge.

    Gas Mowers are normally more powerful which is best if your grass is tall and thick but then you have to be able to tolerate the fumes and stench of gas and oil. These mowers need to be constantly serviced and you will also need a supply of gas and oil readily available.

    What do all those power measurements on mowers mean —- The only thing that you need worry about is whether the lawnmower blades spin fast enough to cut the grass, but there are some points to keep in mind when you’re intending to buy.With gas mowers there are three measurements to consider —- horsepower (hp) which is the power output of the motor, torque which is the amount of power transferred to the blade and cc (cubic centimeters) which is the measurement of the motor output based on the displacement volume of the motor’s cylinders. You also have the two-stroke and the four-stroke where the two-stroke is believed to have a higher power output but also gives off more pollutants.

    With cordless and electric lawnmowers power is measured in volts, amps or watts. To calculate horsepower consider that gas mowers have horsepower ratings starting at three horsepower. An electric mower using 6.5 amps generates about one horsepower and a 12 amp model generates nearly two horsepower. To calculate the horsepower of your electric mower multiply the amps by the volts and then divide that figure with 746. Having more horsepower does not necessarily mean more cutting power. For this reason most manufacturers started rating walk-behind mowers in torque power or cc’s, and a higher ‘cc’ usually means higher torque.

    When deciding on which lawnmower to purchase rather go according to features, the available warranty and the reviews for that model and not only on the power measurements.The features to look for are as follows: —-The Cutting Deck refers to the blade housing. The wider the cutting deck equates to how many passes are required to mow a certain area. However if your mower has a wide deck it could be difficult to maneuver the mower into smaller areas.Mulching or Bagging.

    Choose a mower with a rear or side bag option to collect cuttings alternatively if you would like to naturally fertilize your lawn with the clippings get a mower that can also mulch. A mower with a 3-in-1 feature will bag, mulch or side-discharge.For lawns with an undulating terrain choose a mower with at least 7-inch diameter wheels and preferably with ball-bearings.

    Most mowers also allow you to adjust the cutting height which is the distance between the blade and your grass. Therefore you need to decide on how much range you need.Another good feature is a rubber flap at the back to block objects thrown up by the mower blades. Always follow the manufacturers safety instructions and always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes.

    When buying a cordless mower consider purchasing an extra battery to enable you to finish mowing your lawn if the battery runs out. You can then keep one of the batteries on charge at all times while using the other. Typically a 24-volt mower will run for about 90 minutes and cut up to a third of an acre and a 36-volt will run for about 3 hours and cut up to half an acre.

    When buying a corded mower ensure it has a cord holder to keep the cord under control when mowing.Gas mowers are available with recoil (or pull cord) or with an electric starter. Preferably go with an electric mower as the mower is started with a push of a button or turn of a key.

    Push or Self-Propelled.A self-propelled mower will move forward without you having to push it. All that is required of you is to steer. If you have a relatively flat lawn save some money and do without this feature. If your lawn has a lot of slopes or rough terrain go for a self-propelled mower.

    Mowers in this category that have rear wheel drive usually offer better traction. If you do choose a self-propelled mower choose a model with variable speed so that you can adjust the mower to a speed that is comfortable for you.

    What maintenance and servicing is required differs from model to model. Always purchase a mower with a manufacturers warranty and follow the maintenance instructions rigidly to avoid any issues when a manufacturing problem arises. In general do the following —-Clean the mower after use.

    Keep the engine properly tuned (gas mowers)Keep the battery charged according to the instructions (cordless mowers).In case of a manufacturing problem refer to the manufacturer’s website or manual to find the list of the closest service centers.

    CARB-Compliant: What does it mean? CARB is an acronym for the California Air Resource Board whose strict air-quality standards have been adopted in many states. If the state you live in requires compliance for gas mowers, confirm that the model you intend buying is CARB-Compliant.

    While these compliant mowers do run cleaner they still do give off pollutants. Rather purchase an electric or push reel mower and do your bit to save our fragile environment.           

     
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