The old, manual, reel lawn mowers of yesteryear are making a comeback in the U.S. due to more women using them and growing environmental concerns, according to dealers and customers. “It’s phenomenal. Sales continue to rise every year.”
112-year-old American Lawn Mower Co. in Shelbyville, Indiana, is the only company still manufacturing the mowers. Teri McClain, inside sales administrator with the company, says that about 350,000 manual mowers are sold in the U,S. annually.
“I don’t have to worry about gas, repairs and getting it (the mower) started,” said Eric Skalinder, a 35-year-old teacher from Chicago.