An Alternative To Gas Powered Mowers

By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

I have always hated using my gas-powered mower. It's loud, heavy and stinky. I sometimes even pull muscles just trying to start it.

I always assumed that everyone had gas-powered mowers because there really wasn't an alternative. However, one day I was driving through my neighborhood and saw a man mowing his lawn with what looked like an ancient relic of the past. But this mower wasn't an antique. In fact, it looked brand new. As I watched him, he seemed to be effortlessly mowing his lawn. I thought to myself, "Could it be that I didn't really need a gas-powered monster to mow my suburban lawn?" I had been looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly, and after watching this man cut his lawn, I decided to get one for myself.

It actually took me a while to find the non gas-powered mower on the Internet. My first step was simply figuring out what these mowers were called. After a few minutes of research, I discovered that they're called Push Reel Mowers. I then searched for Reel Mowers, and found many online stores selling them, but (not surprisingly) none of them were in the U.S. It appeared that everyone else in the world was using and selling these environmentally friendly mowers, except for in the United States. Eventually, I did find an excellent U.S. retailer called, Clean Air Gardening. They had several styles to choose from, and their shipping was cheap and fast. I ended up buying the Brill Luxus 38.

The Brill Luxus 38 has been fantastic and super easy to use. My petite pregnant wife even tried it out, and said, "this is actually fun to use, and it's quiet!" It's not only fun, but it also cuts my lawn very well. I have a large lawn, and I'm able to cut it with equal or less strain than with my old gas-powered mower. After using it for several months, I've come up with a list of reasons why I recommend getting a Push Reel Mower:

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