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Old 03-01-2019, 09:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I use a corded mower. They're pretty cheap on Craigslist. No batteries, very little to maintain.

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On a budget, a used push mower is hard to beat. Also, since it is .75 acres, you might want to find the widest cutting path you can. A cheap rider would work also if you can find a decent one.

I would say ideally, an electric converted rider with a reel mower would use the least energy.
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I don't know how powered reel mowers perform, but the push type are unforgiving if you let the grass get even a little too tall. Even then, it tends to look like a bad haircut.

Push mowers can be had for free, or next to nothing. Heck, if you lived by me I'd give you mine that was purchased new for something like $100. It's a hunk of junk, but at least it starts every time without much effort.

Probably some deals on used riding mowers, especially the ones with gears rather than hydrostatic drive. Another nice thing is you can hook a trailer up and haul around yard debris, mulch, etc.
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They do require more frequent mowing but it will provide a healthier lawn since the grass is being sheared off and not hit with a machete.
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I don't know how valuable mulching is compared to just trimming, but reel mowers don't mulch.

I usually just side discharge anyhow.
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They do require more frequent mowing but it will provide a healthier lawn since the grass is being sheared off and not hit with a machete.
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I'll be honest, I've considered a mowing trailer hitched to my car. Probably not a good idea with narrow tires.
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I bought an 80v (max, sure most of us know about that) Kobalt on clearance in the fall, so I got to use it a few times. IIRC it was 'up to an acre' and I'm mowing half an acre. That was on the two small batteries it came with. Have a huge to me Cub Cadet riding mower that mostly sat because I have a huge self propelled 6.75 horse push one as well.

It did ok, in nearly the worst part of the year. The bag is really small, I couldn't believe how many times I had to empty it. Again, the tail end of having to mow anything, it went through two full charges plus a partial. Yikes.

Appears to have two speeds, if it gets bogged down enough it has a high speed.


I really wanted to like it but might have to give it up during peak growing seasons. I don't have time to mow twice a week.
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I wouldn't be bagging my yard. It's a rural area, nobody cares how it looks and letting the grass decompose back into the ground should help the health of the lawn.
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I wouldn't be bagging my yard. It's a rural area, nobody cares how it looks and letting the grass decompose back into the ground should help the health of the lawn.
I thought so too, but here it just started building up into thatch. Between not reseeding and barely fertilizing I started getting buildup.

Doesn't help that my soil is nasty red clay crap. In Ohio it was, dare I say, a nice brown.

I've never mulched with it, I'm sure it would do well on high speed but iffy on it's regular setting.


Pretty tempting to try and hack it for manual control. Maybe get some larger batteries.




Forgot to mention as far as fisher price build quality, it's really light! Doesn't need self propelling on my hilly front lawn.

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