A few weeks ago, everyone in my neighbourhood had one of those new smart meters installed on our homes. My neighbour was looking for a new lawn mower at the time, and was considering an electric. Because of the new smart meter he went and purchased a gas mower in rebellion.
When he told me that, I just smiled and nodded. Sometimes you just can't say what you want to say.
Myself, I've been using one of these for 5 years now. The 14" model is still the same price it was back then, $109.00. By way of comaprison, the cheapest gas powered mower at Canadian Tire is $169.99.
My annual maintenance and usage costs? $0
Gas Powered mower? Something more than $0
Noise Level? No comparison. I can talk to someone while cutting my grass. And I can cut the lawn while my kids are running around the backyard and I don't have to worry about hitting them with flying debris or causing other injuries.
My Lee Valley mower weighs 19lbs and it is light and easy to push.
A gas powered? Approx 50lbs. If weight is an issue you can upgrade to a self-propelled model....
I have to say that I'm sticking it to the electric utility AND the gas companies.
And this is my lawn (110' X 35' suburban lot):
So excuse me as I ask, why the hell would anyone in the suburbs prefer a gas powered mower?
This addiction to powered machines has reached ridiculous levels with children too. Seems everybody now has to own one of these:
Tomorrow is bike day at my youngest son's school. There's a boy in his class that is dreading tomorrow. He doesn't know how to ride his bike. Even though, like all his classmates, his bike has training wheels, he only knows how to drive his "power wheel". He can;t pedal more than 5' without getting tired.
I have the other problem. When I get home from work, both boys are pestering me to go for a bike ride. If the weather is co-operating we're gone for an hour exploring our part of the city. I can hardly get them to wait for me to finish my dinner.
I'm not against power. I want a Camaro for cryin' out loud. But there's this little thing called balance. Or common sense.