Does anyone still use a push mower?


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I recently purchased a brand new push mower for £40. Given the quality of the grass, the money saved from petrol, the money saved in the actual price of the mower itself and just the general joy of using one, I find it hard to understand why people buy petrol mowers. The amount of trouble I've had trying to start mine made mowing the lawn such a chore.
 
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yowch. I don't think I have the body power to push one these days. I owned two in the past. I gather the newer models would be lighter and better?
Sometimes starting a petrol mower can be an exhausting and nauseating experience. I found that using a battery powered drill with the correct size socket for the nut on top helped crank a cranky mower.
 
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yowch. I don't think I have the body power to push one these days. I owned two in the past. I gather the newer models would be lighter and better?
Sometimes starting a petrol mower can be an exhausting and nauseating experience. I found that using a battery powered drill with the correct size socket for the nut on top helped crank a cranky mower.

Yes indeed, the model I have is reasonably light and very easy to push, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It's has a little bit more resistence than a petrol mower but I still find it easy enough to push around the garden. Another upside is that there is no engine to breakdown, sharpen the blade every 2-3 years and you should be good for a lifetime.
 
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We has a small lawn and I have always felt a reel mower was a great idea since there isn't that much that needs mowing. Now my aunt has decided she wants one as well, so we may finally get one. One of the neighbors has one and someone else I know has used one. They are definitely eco-friendly, which is a plus!
 
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I remember my father had one a few years ago. I don't know what happened to it. I would like to have it because my dog is extremely scared of petrol mower's noise. Although I'm not sure if I'm strong enough to push it even if it's light:p
 
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I remember my father had one a few years ago. I don't know what happened to it. I would like to have it because my dog is extremely scared of petrol mower's noise. Although I'm not sure if I'm strong enough to push it even if it's light:p

That's another benefit I forgot to mention, the noise! It keeps the neighbors happy anyway ;) I think you'd be fine pushing one, they are lighter than petrol mowers so the extra effort required to move the wheel is undone by the lightness of the mower itself.
 
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Then I definitely should get one. I have a lot of grass in my garden but I can't use petrol mower because I don't want to scare my little dog:( . If the mower will be to heavy for me, I always can look for a gentleman who'll help me:p
 
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I have a push mower, it's a good option for folks who want to be more eco-friendly. When I use it people actually stare at me when they pass by because they aren't very common where I live. I find that it can leave the grass looking a bit ragged so I cheat once in a while and borrow the neighbors mower to achieve that smooth and even appearance.
 
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I've seen that there are a lot of different models of them. I think that if you got the right one and kept the blades sharpened it would be easier to get a uniform lawn cut. I'll have to ask my neighbor if I think of it the next time I see him.
 
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I used to have one years ago. You need a nice flat lawn. If the ground is uneven then they are back breaking.

They never seem to catch clippings as well as other mowers.
 
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This is not a good news...my lawn definitely isn't flat. Maybe a push mower isn't such a good idea for me after all. I don't know. I wish somebody could lend it to me so I could try it out before I'll buy one. Unfortunately my neighbours have only petrol mowers:(
 
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This is not a good news...my lawn definitely isn't flat. Maybe a push mower isn't such a good idea for me after all. I don't know. I wish somebody could lend it to me so I could try it out before I'll buy one. Unfortunately my neighbours have only petrol mowers:(
Have you considered a rechargeable battery powered one or an electric corded mower.
Much less noise than an infernal combustion mower.:)
 
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My knowledge about mowers is still very limited. If these are less noisy, I'll definitely consider buying something like this. My dog is so scared of mower's noise, I must do something because I feel very sorry for him - he is terrified when he hears this noise:(
 

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My knowledge about mowers is still very limited. If these are less noisy, I'll definitely consider buying something like this. My dog is so scared of mower's noise, I must do something because I feel very sorry for him - he is terrified when he hears this noise:(
One of our forum members earlier this year mentioned this mower in favourite gardening tools. It looks quite impressive and there are some competitive prices out there.:)
http://lawnmowerguru.com/bosch-rotak-36-review.html
 
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Thank you! I haven't noticed it, this review is great, it answers many of my questions:)
 

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Thank you! I haven't noticed it, this review is great, it answers many of my questions:)
I would definitely go for electric power if I had a regular lawn to manage. The motors are quite powerful for the job. The rechargeable battery motors are also very powerful, as a DC (battery motor) is even stronger than an AC (house electricity motor) if that make sense.
 
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I could never get away with one of those i would never get done .I did have a push mower with no motor in my first house as yard was small .I loved that thing .The noise of the blade spinning was neat
 
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I could never get away with one of those i would never get done .I did have a push mower with no motor in my first house as yard was small .I loved that thing .The noise of the blade spinning was neat
I recall similar pleasure of hearing the spinning blades, sissy! An abandoned push mower that I found under my house now proves useful as a pretty lawn ornament.
 
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I mowed for two years with a only push mower and I loved it. This last year I got a new gas mower to use as well. My main complaint with it was when I would hit into a patch of crab grass. It would stop me dead in my tracks often ramming the handle into my gut. The thing I loved about it the most was how quiet it was. I could listen to my music or just get lost in thought. My hubbster gets up for work at 4:30 am so after I helped him out the door I could get out and mow the lawn with out disturbing my neighbors. It was nice. As life got more busy I found it hard to keep up on my tiny 1/5th acre lawn. It takes twice as long to mow and I often needed to mow it again after a few days. Now I have a gas mower and a push mower and I use both. When it gets to long there is no comparison to the job that motor can do. I use less then 1 gallon of gas a year between using both of them and to be honest I use the gas mower a bit more. My push mower will last until my kids kids need to mow, the gas mower I dont think will last that long. Sometimes simplicity just makes more sense.
 
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I have a push mower! I have a tiny lawn area and it takes only about 20 minutes to mow. I love using it. What takes time for me is any trimming around the beds, which I do on hands and knees with grass clippers. :)

Actually looking forward to mowing season once again, here in the dead of winter, LOL!
 

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