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Lawn Mower Zen: Old Lawn Mowers That Speak to Your Heart

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

The latest in lawn mower technologies is a new generation of machines that fuse power and convenience. However, the "oldies but goodies" are still mowing strong. Here are six types of lawn mowers and how they symbolize your inner-landscaper.

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The Manual-reel Mower
You're an eco-friendly mower with a taste for old-school machinery. A series of curved blades rotates under the steel frame to give you a clean cut without noise, pollution, or gasoline.

The Electric Push Mower
Again, you love the environment but you also appreciate a little get up and go. Electric push lawn mowers feature an electric motor to turn a rotating blade while you walk behind and provide the propulsion.

The Gas-powered Mower
You like your lawn care mixed with a little petroleum. Available in push and self-propelled models, these are ideal for larger spaces and aggressively growing grass.

The Lawn Tractor
You're riding high and enjoying the power of hydrostatic transmission. The mulching action of lawn tractors improves the turf considerably. The maintenance factor should be considered before purchasing.

The Zero-turn-radius Mower
The professional landscapers have nothing on you--you're turning on a dime. The rear-engine and rear-wheel steering allow you to go where no lawn mower has gone before. However, control can be an issue with this type of mower.

The Robotic Mower
Your idea of cutting the lawn is sitting on your front porch while a robot does all the work. A perimeter wire sets the mowing boundaries as your robot cuts randomly within the confines.

All of these lawn mowers have one thread in common: using them can improve the overall health and aesthetic value of your property. The one you choose should be the one with features closest to your heart.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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