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    Push lawnmower

    Anyone here has experience with a push lawnmower, compared to electric or petrol?
    I've only ever used electric lawnmower.
    We will soon have a huge garden, and I really do not fancy the idea of a mile long cable always around when I mown.
    Battery not ideal either, too much surface area.
    Petrol could do. But I'm put off by maintenance etc.

    Manual one: no noise, other than a pleasant clipping. Cheap. No pollution, not CO2. Not having to pay for the privilege to damage our planet.
    But they seem to be suitable only for small surfaces....???!!

    Your experience?

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    I used a manual lawnmower at our previous house, which had a smaller garden; but towards the end of the first Summer in our present house, with its larger, steeply sloping garden, I gave up and got an electric one. In principle, I would always prefer a manual one for the reasons you mention, but in practice I found it a bit heavy and awkward, although probably I should have taken more care to keep it in good condition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambatte View Post
    Anyone here has experience with a push lawnmower, compared to electric or petrol?
    I've only ever used electric lawnmower.
    We will soon have a huge garden, and I really do not fancy the idea of a mile long cable always around when I mown.
    Battery not ideal either, too much surface area.
    Petrol could do. But I'm put off by maintenance etc.

    Manual one: no noise, other than a pleasant clipping. Cheap. No pollution, not CO2. Not having to pay for the privilege to damage our planet.
    But they seem to be suitable only for small surfaces....???!!

    Your experience?
    Get yourself a scythe.

    Benefits;

    - nice flowing gentle exercise
    - not noisy
    - can be done at any time without annoying the neighbours
    - doesn't use fossil fuels
    - good for the garden because you tend to let the grass grow a wee bit longer
    - good for wildlife, such as frogs for instance, which have the chance to get out of the way when you're cutting
    - really connects you to nature because you learn the lay of the land and the lay of the grass

    What's not to like?
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    I have one of these http://www.brill.de/produkte_en.html (scroll right down). It's great for cutting a small lawn if the grass is dry and short (although the grassbox isn't very good, but I'm sure it could be adjusted to stop the cuttings falling back into the blade area). Less good if the grass gets too long. I've just bought an electric (mains) mower because I want to be able to leave the lawn to flower and then 'rescue' it and remove the cuttings to get the fertility down for a 'flowering lawn', and that would be hard work with a push mower. Also, don't try and sharpen the blades. Apparently there's no need to, you just adjust the cutting gap. HTH.
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    Forget the mower http://https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-...wn-go-wild.pdf

    Maybe bit of a trim/tidy up at the end of the season, have fun
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    petrol mowers don't require much maintenance, but you do, obviously, have to get fuel.....I like the sound and smell of a petrol mower, but a push-along has a lower carbon footprint
    ....it's all downhill from here.

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    I have a petrol one as we have quite a bit of lawn and it's quite sloped in places. I agree, they're not much maintenance, you could probably get away with a service once every 2 years.

    We're gradually replacing lawn with flower beds, which reduces mowing time.
    No longer "resting"

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