Mowing the lawn.

Push lawnmower. - I mowed with this this morning. It was hard work. Good for the environment, though.
@GardenGerty (115100)
United States
June 5, 2008 2:31pm CST
Do you remember the old push mowers? I have one, and I used it a little bit this morning. It is a workout.I figure I am getting a workout, and doing a little bit for the environment. Would you mow that way? Have you ever used this kind of mower?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
5 Jun 08
My parents used to have one when I was little. I was thinking about it just the other day. It is certainly a good alternative to a gasguzzling mower. And since there is less money for the gym..., lol. Anyhow, I was wondering where one could still get one. Even if my dad still hung on to it, they are across the ocean, lol. Yard sales maybe I guess. I haven't seen one in any stores. I also remember that my dad always had to sharpen the blades before using it. We don't have to do it as often with our mower;)
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
The one I have was purchased through a Sears catalog and hardware type store, about ten years ago. I am sure it needs to be sharpened. It does not do well if there are a lot of twigs blown out of the trees, but any part of the lawn that I can do with it, the better of I am, and my gas expenses.
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• Canada
23 Jun 08
You can still buy new push mowers at retailers like Canadian Tire! I've been wanting one for a while now.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Thanks for the tip on where to find them. I'll have to check into it. I just heard a report on the news that demand for them is at an alltime high and they can't keep up. I guess it's one area where people can save and still also get in some exercise. Hah, another saving. Don't need the fitness center;)
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
9 Jun 08
Actually that would be just perfect for my place. I don't have very much grass to mow so something like that would work very nicely..I am glad you posted this as I hadn't though of this option before.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
9 Jun 08
I had forgotten it for quite awhile. Someone said you might find one on Freecycle.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
23 Jun 08
Thanks for the info, I will check that out.
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I've used one a few years ago. It actually belongs to my in-laws. It is definitely a good way to mow the lawn and get some exercise at the same time.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Do your inlaws use it now?
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@sacmom (14250)
• United States
8 Jun 08
I don't know. I'll have to ask them the next time my husband talks to them. That is if I remember! LOL
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@sweetlady10 (3617)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Hey GardenGerty, thats good for you and also good for all of us, because of the environment aspect. We live in an apartment, so no question of mowing. But if I had to do mowing surely I would like to use that kind of mower. I wish all of us would use that kind of mower, that will save a lot of energy and also lead to good health!
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
That is a plus or minus for apartments, depending on how you feel about mowing. My daughter would like to have her own yard.
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• United States
6 Jun 08
Me too, I would really like to have a small lawn and a small garden.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
5 Jun 08
I have used those mowers before, they are a workout. My neighbor uses that kind. We have an electric mower so we are doing our part too.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I had an electric rechargeable, but gave it to my niece because hubby thought it was wimpy.
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@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
6 Jun 08
My mom had one of those too, it was wimpy. She is the one who gave me my mower, I have had it for a long time, she had it for a long time. It keeps on going.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Ugghhh! We have one of those antiques up at the farm. I copuld not do that anymore due to my bronchial asthma now days. Plus my yard is way too big. Those things in exceelent shape are actually worth some money to collectors. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Joyful one should sell hers!! I only use it on part of the yard. I am fortunate, the only health challenge I have is weight related.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Gee, you know, I never really thought about collectors being interested in them. I had thought about selling them but thought that shipping costs would make it not worth it. You two have got me rethinkin' on that Hahaha! You should see some of the old stuff I have in my one barn, I have those hand-seeders like they used to plant corn with in the old days, still use them once in a while too.
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@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
6 Jun 08
We do have one and we're currently using it. And it sure is a great way to have some exercise, especially for the arms. The first time I used it, after an hour of mowing, my arms felt as if they're going to fall off!But as I got used to it, after an hour or more of mowing, I feel as if I've done regular workout at the gym.
@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I noticed that effect myself.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
6 Jun 08
You know that it might be an antique or something. I didn't think that people still had those. Everyone now a days have riding mowers. Lucky you.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
No, I bought it about ten years ago from Sears.
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@liuqian (476)
• China
6 Jun 08
I never used this before.But if i have,i will very excited.Mowing the lawn must be a very intersting work!hahaha...
@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
It is interesting and it is a chance to be outdoors.
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• United States
5 Jun 08
I remember them Gerty. I would love to have one. My 13 year old would so appreciate it don't you think? I know evil MOM :))) but you have a point, the price of gas and how much it takes to keep the yard mowed, a good old fashioned push mower would do wonders.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I like this and i liked my cordless electric mower.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
5 Jun 08
the push mower was the only mower we had when I was a kid. I really liked using it it was fun. But now I dont think that I could handle a push mower anymore. TO hard on the back.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I bought this one for my son, but I think he is too tall and it hurts his back.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
5 Jun 08
Do you know, in my entire life, I have never mowed a lawn?! I've always had someone to do it for me, and these last few years since we've had a field rather than a lawn we use a brushcutter which with all the best will in the world I'm just not physically strong enough to use for long.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I was not allowed to as a child, but when I got married things changed due to hubby's employment patterns.
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
5 Jun 08
We had one of those mowers when we bought our first house. It's a good thing we didn't own much property because somehow, I got stuck mowing the lawn instead of my husband. I don't consider it a man's or a woman's task only, but trading off would have been nice.
@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
I know, first hubby either always was on shifts or later on was a truck driver. I mow out of self defense for the growing things.
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
5 Jun 08
We had a small lawn at one home long ago and at that time I felt it was much more worthwhile to use an old fashioned manual mower than to go to all of the trouble of fueling and starting and cleaning and storing what then was considered a power mower. It is good exercise and not only do they make the cutting blades better now, but a hand mower is lighweight, easy to store, and can be hosed down in seconds. Love them.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Exercise is what I need, and random walks do not hold my interest very well. I also found it to be good upper body, cause the section I was cutting has very thick grass. I just have to do it more often. Right now schedule permits it, too.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
5 Jun 08
I remember those mowers, but have never mowed a lawn before. It sounds like a really good workout indeed.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
Hey, Rozie, I would let you help me.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
5 Jun 08
Hahaha, I sure do remember those! I still have 2 of them out in the upstairs of the one barn. They still work but I'm sure they'd need sharpening. You couldn't pay me to use one of those, it'd be like a heart attack just waiting to happen lol. Back when this was a small lawn (when I was a kid) it wasn't too awful bad, but now that the lawn is about 3 more acres worth I couldn't do it without a riding mower. I remember many days as a kid taking turns with my brother mowing the lawn with one of those. Yes, it's a whole lot of a workout! I'd like to do more for the environment, so I try and do it in other ways. Good for you! I'd give it a whirl if I had to, but since I'm 'energy impaired' it would be a last resort lol.
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@GardenGerty (115100)
• United States
6 Jun 08
My first hubby's grandma was using one of these on her half acre clear up to about ninety years old. Of course we also caught her up on her roof repairing shingles. Pioneer spirit. Maybe you should sell your mowers on e-bay.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I remember the old push mowers very well. My Mother's father had one of the push mowers and I always found it fascinating! I really believe that we need to move back to the push mowers. It would help the average person be more physically fit and it would certainly be less of a strain on the environment. I read somewhere that lawnmowers and weedeaters are horrible on the environment. Unless someone has acres and acres to mow, I feel a move back to the push mowers would be beneficial!
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@draconess (651)
• Canada
23 Jun 08
The push mowers are great for getting some exercise and with less environmental impact! There's a pretty nice new one I've been eyeing at Canadian Tire, just have to talk hubby into it... the only thing is with push mowers it's really best to mow more often (our lawn would need it at least twice a week), since you're just supposed to take off the top 1/3rd of the grass and leave the clippings to decompose and provide nutrients back to the lawn. But that way it reduces your waste too, no yard waste to put out with the trash each week!
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@saundyl (9686)
• Canada
9 Jun 08
Grass Whip - Photo of what i think was called a grass whip. Correct me if I'm wrong!
My grandparents used to have one for "brada farm" where they kept their trout in a damn. They also had one of the serrated blades on a handle (resembled a scythe)I think it was called or is called a Grass whip for doing the really tall grass.