Fall Cleanup: Sunlawn Reel Mower Take 1


| 11/5/2008 9:25:00 AM


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When I was a youngster, one of my first outdoor chores was mowing the lawn. I desperately wanted to mow with the Briggs and Stratton motivated rotary power mower, but my parents didn’t think it wise to let an 8-year-old push that cutter around the yard. Instead, they ordered a clunky, heavy, difficult-to-push reel mower for me out of the Sears Roebuck and Co. catalog. That poor excuse for a machine quickly made me hate mowing for the simple reason that it was really difficult to push … especially with the grass-catcher attached. A neighbor had a Tecumseh-powered reel mower. The engine made the reel and the wheels turn, so the mowing appeared effortless … from where I stood anyway. Eventually, I turned 10 years old and was able to graduate to our old power mower. What a relief.

Sunlawn LMM35 Reel Mower

Last year, while mowing the lawn with one of our many vintage garden tractors, I fell into a moment of reverie relating to that old reel mower. Luckily I snapped out of it before I ran over the tree seedlings that Kate and I planted in the spring … but the reel mower concept crept into my thoughts frequently. I wondered whether that old Sears mower was really a piece of junk, or whether it just wasn’t adjusted properly, or heaven forbid, I was just too small and weak to make it work correctly.

Earlier this year, I received a compelling PR pitch from Sunlawn, a company devoted to conscientious garden solutions. It seemed that they had a lightweight self-sharpening reel mower, and they wanted me to try it out. I didn’t tell them how much I loathed the concept when I was young. The thing finally arrived last month, and I put it through its paces last weekend.

Wow, the Sunlawn LMM35 does everything the PR blurb says it does. I used it to do the final mowing in hard-to-reach places in our yard. It munched its way through the leaf-covered grass with little effort on my part. This machine would be a perfect primary mower for folks with a small lawn … or a strong and eager daughter or son with energy to burn. At 17 pounds, cutting with the LMM35 took less effort than pushing the ancient stamped-steel power mower affair that I had been doing the trimming work with.

thoughtchallenge
11/22/2008 1:27:23 PM

The reel mowers they make today are a lot lighter and easier to push than the ones from when I was growing up. You'd best be ready for a little heckling from the peanut gallery though. http://politicalthoughtchallenge.blogspot.com/ .


thoughtchallenge
11/22/2008 1:26:21 PM

The reel mowers they make today are a lot lighter and easier to push than the ones from when I was growing up. You'd best be ready for a little heckling from the peanut gallery though. http://politicalthoughtchallenge.blogspot.com/ .





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