Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on February 28, 2008
I’m obviously not getting enough sleep. As a kid growing up in the Midwest – a land of lush green yards – one of my weekly chores was mowing the lawn. And every week I dreaded the Saturday or Sunday when I’d have to walk to the gas station, fill up my metal can with fuel and spend what felt like all afternoon mowing the front, back and sides of our yard.
But for some reason, upon moving from an apartment to a house two years ago, cutting the grass was something I looked forward to. So, in an effort to be both frugal and environmentally responsible, I bought an old-fashioned manual push mower. And for the first few weeks that summer I not only enjoyed mowing the lawn, but I felt good about my method, since it’s believed that an hour’s worth of gasoline-powered mowing produces the pollution equivalent of a car driving 100 miles.
But now I’m back to hating it. (Maybe the problem is that I’m lazy.) The push mower, while providing an excellent workout for the arms, is slow and hardly precise. So, in a continued effort to be environmentally responsible — but less frugal than before — I’m going to check out the new Remington Cordless Lawn Mower. The notion of a yard cutting machine coming from the company who manufactures electric shavers seems both odd and strangely practical. Granted, they both trim things that grow on a regular basis. And they’re both cordless. But going from the face to the grass, productwise, seems a tad suspicious to me. (But I guess I guess I’d be more concerned if they’d gone from the grass to the face.)
The electric mower runs for about 60 minutes on one charge, which is more than enough time to cover my tiny yard, and has no emissions. It doesn’t require an external charging adapter and the specs on the website say it’s lighter than other electric mowers while its power remains approximately that of a gas mower.
I’m not sure the Remington Cordless PowerMower will make cutting the grass fun, but it beats polluting the air, right? Now, if I can just figure out a way to recycle my manual push mower…