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Get "Real" with Reel Mowers
by John Davis
Reel mowers are thought to be outdated, forgotten relics, powered solely by the person pushing. In fact, reel mowers never left. It's a good thing too, since they have major advantages over their gas-powered cousins.
Reel mowers are light on cost, too. Depending on size, a basic reel mower will cost about 100 to 200 dollars, or maybe even a little less. Compare that to a walk-behind gas mower which costs up to $600 dollars.
Making the switch to a reel mower will also save the environment from a load of pollutants. During an hour-long trip around the lawn, a walk-behind power mower produces the same amount of pollutants as a 50-mile car ride. If that same mower lasts 7 years, it will emit 28 pounds of hydrocarbons, 300 pounds of carbon monoxide, and 1400 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Smoke and smog is not all that power mowers emit. In terms of decibels, the sound they produce is equivalent to the crack of a .22 caliber rifle. Switching to reel mowers will eliminate a major source of neighborhood noise pollution.
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The extra effort of pushing your mower around isn't such a bad thing, either. An hour of mowing will burn about 400 calories. So, the switch to a reel mower is not only better for the environment and your neighborhood, it's better for you too.
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John Davis is a Green Living Journal reader.
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