Friday, May 18

ecofriendly mower


I want one of these! But lubed and without the rust. What are the practical issues with using it? Besides needing a pretty flat lawn. You could make it a fixy, for the back-and-forth mowing action! It seems like turning wouldn't work right, hmmm. Getting off every time to turn around definitely lowers the appeal.

4 Comments:

Blogger G said...

The mower's on the wrong end! Flip it around should improve maneuverability, no?

Friday, 18 May, 2007  
Blogger bw said...

It needs a parallelagram fork. H - get on that, would ya? I'll work on the beer holder.

Friday, 18 May, 2007  
Blogger Phil said...

The two major issues are that (1) you need a lot of force to start a reel mower from a dead stop, and (2) the rear wheel will slip when you try to apply that force.

Things that would help:
1) Very sharp blades
2) Very good bearings in the reel mechanism ("Yea, I tricked out my mower with some Phil Wood spec'ed bearings")
3) A "spikey" rear tire, like with roofing nails put through it, to provide enough traction to get going and not spin on the grass.
4) Extremely low gearing to get going, like 24x34 or even higher. You have to have it going sort of fast to actually slice the grass instead of mashing it, so it would probably need to be geared to have something higer than 24x34 to do this.

Of course, then I remember that we're bipedal for a reason, I should just use the mower like it's supposed to be.

Friday, 18 May, 2007  
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