Big John (wackdaddy) wrote,
Big John
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Mowers & Blowers

I haven't been on LJ much since we moved last October.
All my spare time has been spent fixing or improving stuff around the house. Some DIY projects have worked out better than others...

Well, anyway, here it is, the middle of June, and I haven't gotten around to mowing my lawn yet. The reason is that I haven't got a lawnmower. I've been living in an apartment for the last decade or so, so it wasn't an issue. I've been planning on buying one, but I can't decide which one to get, or what kind. So I thought I'd ask for suggestions from all you folks in LiveJournalLand.

Initially, I thought it would be a good idea to get an electric mower. I figured it would be quieter and lighter to push around, plus the price of gas doesn't look like it's going to go down any time soon. But my wife doesn't think electric mowers are reliable or think they do a good job. I've never used one, so I wouldn't know. All I know is that my dad's gas-powered mower was often a real pain in the ass to use ...or more specifically, a pain in the back, especially when the handle broke off the starter rope. The smell of spilled gas on your hands can be annoying, too.

Another item I'd like to purchase is a blower. Again, I think an electric one would be better. But I can't decide if it would be better to get a plain blower or a blower/vaccuum.

I guess I should mention that my family owns a Greenhouse/Garden Center in Bayside, NY, where I could get a good price on these items, but their selection is pretty limited. My cousin, who helps run the place, says that gas-powered equipment is always superior to electric, and that blower/vacs just don't work well.

But I'd rather hear the opinions of strangers. :)

I've also checked out epinions.com and other websites, but there just isn't enough reliable info out there.
Any input you can give is appreciated, whether you've got recommendations or horror stories. Yes, you should include brand names.

Oh, and in case anybody is picturing my lawn as a field of wheat, my neighbor was nice enough to come over and mow it for me. Once. It's getting to be knee-high again.
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