mhuxtable February 10, 2008

Gas, electric and hand mowing compared

1. Weight of mower

Gas 60 to 100 lbs impossible to lift
Electric 30 lb too heavy for me
Push 18 lb or less - easy to lift and move

2. Noise

Gas 95 decibels - like a motorcycle
Electric 75 decibels like a washing machine
Push 60 to 70 - like a sewing machine

3. Pollution

Gas: One gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Electric: 84% less CO2 according to Audubon also moves the pollution to the power plants smoke stack, so not in your own back yard
Push - None

4. Calories burned

Gas very few
Electric very few
Push - about 500 per hour and reasonable whole body exercise

5. Practicality

Gas - useful for large lawns, if you are not concerned about your neighbors' sanity and health
Electric - useful for medium sized lawns
Push - useful for up to 1000 square foot of lawn or more depending on the user, easy to use

Marion Huxtable
Port Townsend