(Sung to the tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat”)
Too much rain for too long a time created a literal jungle in my yard that I could not mow with my non-motorized reel mower. The young man who used to mow my lawn is now in college and is busy with dual degrees and working other jobs to help pay for college. What to do?
After much research, I decided to buy the Task Force 18” 12-amp electric lawn mower at Lowe’s and mow down the jungle myself. I don’t like to mess with gas and oil for a gas-powered mower, and I need something fairly small and easy to handle since I’m only five feet tall and “mature.” Of course, the mower was going to have to handle getting through the forest of grass and crazy weeds that had sprung up with the flood of rain. (I found wild onions in my yard. Yikes!)
Well… my choice was a good one! This little mower cut right through the forest. Of course, it would be an easier job if I were 5’9” and had muscles and strength. But, considering my size and minimal strength, I am very happy with the job the mower is doing for me so far.
Here are a few pictures to help you visualize my predicament –
The mower has a bag on the back, but I had to hitch it up to the highest height measurement to get through the mass. (This mower has eight height adjustments. Woo! Hoo!) That’s why some of the clippings escaped from underneath as I was mowing.
I pushed the mower into the tallest jungle in the side yard so you can see how tall the jungle is in places and the incredible situation I had to deal with.
However, the back yard is going to be a real ordeal, I’m afraid. The picture doesn’t really show just how high or dense this is. I haven’t tackled that part yet.
When I was researching, I found some small electric mowers that were 6.5 amps. But I thought I would probably need a little more power, so I got the 12-amp. I’m not sure the 6.5 amp mower could have done the job that this little guy is doing.
I don’t have to deal with gas or oil. I don’t have to try to pull on a chord to get it started. I just plug it in, press a start button, and lift up on the engager bar. It includes a mulch plug and a side-discharge chute if I want to mulch or just let the clippings fly when the grass is shorter. I’m using the collection bag right now since the grass is so tall. The collection bag is super simple. The front of the bag has two bars that fit easily right into slots on the back discharge chute. The top of the bag has a handle to grab to help lift and manipulate the bag.
The mower didn’t quit on me even once. It even sliced through a soda can that I didn’t see to remove from the tall grass.
I’m still working on figuring out the best way to deal with the electric cord that follows me everywhere like a giant snake. I’m so afraid I’ll run over it and slice it that I keep stopping to move it around. But I’m sure I’ll figure out a good process at some point.
It will take a few days to get through all the front and back yard – not because of the mower but because of the heat and my limitations. But since I have to do this myself, I’m really glad I found this small super trooper.
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