Goody Green: Fiskars Reel Mower

Fiaskars_1While lawn mowers don’t normally excite me (I have painful memories of mowing my parents’ front lawn in the dead of summer when I was a teen and getting horrible blisters on my thumbs), I was pretty psyched when I was asked to test out Fiskars Momemtum reel mower recently. Being the tree-hugging suburbanite that I am, I’ve become increasingly interested in learning about reel mowers, which don’t require power or gas to cut, despite the fact that I had little to no desire to actually head outside and be the one pushing. Which is why I asked my husband, John, if he was willing to get in on the action. (Plus, I knew that if John, a why-fix-it-if-it-ain’t-broke type of guy, gave the Momentum a thumbs up, it would mean it was indeed practical – my biggest requirement for eco-friendly products.)

The box arrived on a Wednesday and by Saturday the front lawn was more than ready for a trim. John assembed the Momentum (I supervised) in under 15 minutes (there were only a few main pieces that needed to be connected to each other) and learned how to operate it while quickly reading the assembly instructions (I insisted, of course, although it practically put itself together). Next, we took it to the grass. John went first. After about one and half rows it became obvious how easy it was to operate and I began to get jealous of the instant gratificaton John was getting out of cutting the lawn. So I practically tossed him out of the way so I could get behind the blades and give it a try myself. Lo and behold, it was fun. And easy. And effective. And therefore gratifying. (Dare I admit that I (gulp) enjoyed cutting the lawn?!)

The Momentum is super leight-weight so it was easy to push and manuever around tree trunks and flower beds. The StaySharp blades quietly swish away the tip on each blade of grass, so instead of scaring the wildlife (not to mention sleeping neighbors) with our usual loud, rumbling lawn mower, I felt like the bunnies and blue birds were coming to watch the reel mower in action. Moreover, I was impressed at how invisible the clippings were, which was my biggest concern before we got mowing. Because you can adjust the height of the blade (between 1- and 4-inches) and the Momentum throws clipping forward instead of backward, having an overgrown lawn doens’t mean you’re going to have to rake up after you mow. What a relief! Once our lawn was at a healthy height we fought the urge to mow our neighbor’s lawn and stowed the Momentum neatly in our garage by conveniently collapsing the handle.

The verdict? John and I have been patiently waiting for the grass to grow ever since. It’s no longer a question of how to mow, but rather who’s to mow.

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