Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

20 July 2004

Get a Reel Mower

As homeowners we’ve had to buy a few things to “complete” our house. A mop, paint, etc. Among these things is a mower.

I haven’t bought a mower since i was a kid. I mowed a lot then, spending much of my summers growing up in Louisiana and Colorado mowing neighbors’ yards and procrastinating mowing my own.

Now we live in a small house with a medium-sized yard. Big for the city, but small if you’re used to a farm. We went mower shopping about a month ago and decided to get a reel mower. No, not a real mower; a reel mower. No gas, no plug, no Mr. Fusion. This is powered by your walking behind it. This is about as simple as mowers get.

Reel Mower

Reel mowers have come a long way from the grunting and sweating of years past. They are still fundamentally the same though: The blades actually snip the grass, instead of whacking it with a propellor; and of course, there is no engine. The difference is that they are much easier to use – very easy to push.

The thing I like the most about the mower is how quiet it is. When I used the gas mowers growing up, I would always wear some sort of walkman while mowing, to drown out the sound of the mower. Now, I just mow in the peace and quiet of my yard. I did listen to my iPod for part of the mowing, but I’m not sure I’ll do that in the future. It was more for nostalgia than anything.