From Dean Dowd on July 14, 2008 in Landscaping
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Americans burn 800 million gallons of gas each year mowing their grass and making beautiful lawns according to the EPA. With a $4.00 price tag for a gallon of gas thats 3.2 billion dollars annually. The heightened environmental awareness and high gas prices are forcing some homeowners to return to the lost machinery of push reel mowers.
Push reel mowers have been around since the 19th century and little has changed about them since. However todays newer models are light and very easy to push. The push reel mower offers several benefits over todays pollution making gasoline mowers.
Better Cutting Performance
Push reel mowers offer excellent cutting performance. In fact, a properly adjusted reel mower will outperform any modern day gasoline engine mower. Reel mowers make a very clean cut of the grass which helps the grass heal quicker for a better looking lawn.
Great Physical Exercise
Today most gasoline powered mowers are either a ride on version or a self-propelled push mower. By using a push reel mower youre not only doing something good for the environment youre also doing something good for your body and overall health. Spending an hour each week mowing your lawn with a push reel mower will not only save you money on gas but also on going to the gym.
Affordable Equipment Costs
A typical push reel mower costs about $200. That makes push reel mowers an affordable option for mowing your lawn when gas powered mowers typically cost at least that amount and require expensive maintenance each year. Push reel mowers have seen a 20% increase in sales this year which manufacturers attribute to rising fuel costs and environmental awareness.
If youre looking for a way to cut your dependence on gasoline around the house then consider buying a push reel mower. Youll certainly save money on gas, get some physical exercise and also have a very nice looking lawn.
Todd Fratzel, P.E. is the author of Home Construction Improvement and Todays Green Construction. Mr. Fratzel is a Principal Engineer for a large construction company in New Hampshire and runs their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. He is also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction.