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05/28/2007 02:38 AM ID: 62704 Permalink   

Old-Fashioned Lawn Mowers Gain Popularity


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.

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There's a place in Austin, Texas that rents these things out for something like $10 a day, plus they sell them and service them. If more people stopped using gas mowers, the air would be so much healthier -- I swear, passing a gas mower is enough to trigger an allergy or asthma attack with all the pollen they launch into the air.
  by: l´anglais     05/28/2007 04:37 AM     
I will continue to use my gas-powered mower for people like you.
  by: _undead   05/28/2007 08:48 AM     
Oh god, the maturity is eating away at my brain.
  by: Ec5618   05/28/2007 09:17 AM     
  I have four lawn mowers...  
One to mow with and the other three I just crank up because I like the noise.
  by: vash_the_stampede     05/28/2007 12:56 PM     
That's pretty cool. Those mowers were far before my time, I had no idea they actually worked very well.

I've got a gas push mower that I hang onto it b/c I enjoy the excuse to get out and exercise.

This old school mower is quiet, cheap, durable and fills in my need to workout a little.

My current push mower is nearing it's last leg, so I'm about due for a new one soon. I doubt I'd be able to find one anywhere in Northern MN, though.:(
  by: ukcn001XYZ   05/28/2007 01:05 PM     
Actually we have been looking into getting one of these. They have them on Amazon, and you can get free shipping on the Scott's one ($119) on there. We will keep our gas one for when the grass gets super long (like it just was) and the reel can't handle it. You figure with engine maintenece, gas and oil, etc you will spend the same on a reel one. Plus I will be able to mow more during the week with the kids outside since I will be able to hear them and where they are. No kickback of rocks and crap to worry about either. Much much safer over all.
  by: notalentassclown     05/28/2007 01:50 PM     
  For suburbia maybe...  
Before anybody preaches they should look at the yard of the person they're preaching to. These may be okay for small suburbia yards, but it already takes me about 2 hours to cut my yard with a large rider lawn mower... If I used one of those I'd have to quit my job just to cut my lawn.
  by: Dark_Stang   05/29/2007 12:16 AM     
You could use the room to grow barley. Supplement your income.
  by: Ec5618   05/29/2007 12:21 AM     
  I have an electric one  
doesnt everyone?
  by: Gogevandire   05/29/2007 09:48 AM     
  mine is electric  
plugged into the mains.
  by: koultunami     05/29/2007 10:01 AM     
  A good start  
and a good exercise too.

also helps to restore some tranquility in the neighborhood.

can't stand the noise and smell from those gas powered ones.
  by: landers     05/30/2007 12:45 PM     
now that was funny
  by: edwardrt   06/02/2007 11:54 PM     
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