Mowing the lawn is a pain. Homeowner ship is a pain. My lawn mower is cordless and the battery is going bad on me. It’s not one of the kinds where I can change the battery myself, so it will cost me to replace the battery. My sister had an electric one but it had a cord. She gave it to me. I used it a few times and then it died. Doesn’t it figure? I had to get a new one after all. Doesn’t it figure?
Anyway, it takes me a good two and a half hours to mow my yard, wrangling the cord. It’s a pain, but it is better than struggling with the gas and oil and such for a gas mower. The lawn mower itself is lighter than a gas mower would be as well. That’s important. My lot is a third of an acre. I know a good portion of it is paved driveway and the house, but that still leaves a lot to mow. I could use a lawn tractor, but I want an electric mower, as they are more environmentally friendly. They are also quieter.
I know that there are advantages to having a gas lawn mower. Gas engines are more powerful than electric one. The problem with gas mowers is that you can’t just plug them in and have them work. You have to get gas and put it in the mower. Then you have do maintenance that isn’t there with an electric. All mowers should be cleaned after use, so that isn’t the issue. gas mowers need more work than elective ones.
It all boils down to personal preferences. I prefer the quieter sound of the electric mower. Then there is the weight. A gas mower is heavier than an electric one. When I was online searching for a new mower, I found robotic ones. That would be cool, but they are cost prohibitive. It would cost me over a thousand dollar to have a Roomba® for my lawn. I would also have to put up a fence around the entire perimeter of my lawn. I’d rather have one that I could operate with a joystick. Then I could simply turn it when necessary. Having a robot mow my lawn would be cool, but doing it myself is reality. Sometimes reality can suck.
The American Dream is to own your own home. That ownership comes with responsibilities, one of which is maintaining your lawn. Responsibility is always with us. Mowing the lawn once a week during the season, is part of home ownership. It’s not the most pleasant part, but I tell myself that I am getting a workout when I do it. there’s a lot to be said for living in an apartment, or renting a place where they mow the grass for you. Some days I wish I did live in an apartment. Mostly though, I like living in my house. If only I could just enjoy the lawn without having to mow it.
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