I made a leap into relieving some of the on-going stress yesterday! My new “Hope”-powered lawn mower, otherwise known as a Reel Lawn Mower arrived.
I assembled it and immediately cut the front yard. Rested a bit (it was over 100 outside) and then cut the side yard. No more lawn woes for this girl!
Why I Choose a Reel Lawn Mower
If you remember from my post in June, I was leaning towards an electric mower. I hadn’t even thought of going with a reel mower then.
But with encouragement from the BAD community of slew of internet searches and some Home Depot visits – reel seemed to be the best option for me.
The determining factors were:
- The upfront cost was significantly less.
- We have a pretty small, mostly level yard.
- Lawn mower maintenance has been the bane of my existence EVERY SINGLE WEEK since grass cutting season started.
- No gas, no carburetor, no oil changes.
- No plugging in, no cords.
- American Lawn Mower seems to have a great reputation.
- All I need is WD-40 for weekly maintenance!
I would like to add the “greener” advantage to that list, but it was not a factor I considered. I needed easy and reliable.
It’s really comical how excited I am about this new purchase. And how excited I am to finally be able to maintain my own yard as I have wanted to all year.
Finances of My New Lawn Mower
My grandmother called me right as I finished mowing yesterday, and when I told her I had just mowed her response was “with what?” I could hear the shock in her voice when I said “my brand new lawn mower!”
She graciously loaned me her lawn mower, one of the two FREE lawn mowers we have to use, that I cannot keep running.
The new reel lawn mower cost $69 before tax. It is a 14″ wide version, with 5 blades and 10″ wheels. There was a slightly cheaper version with 4 blades and 8.5″ wheels. I decided the extra $5 was worth it.
While I would have preferred a wider option, the difference in cost was over $30+. I decided a few extra laps of the yard would pay off in healthy benefits more than spending more money right now.
Now I must acquire a bottle of WD-40, which I don’t think will cost me more than a few dollars and last a long time.
I am proud of myself. That is such a good feeling.
What decision have you made, that might be silly to others, but makes you feel good about yourself?
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