One Extraordinary Mower
As I told everyone last week, I was invited to talk about eco-friendly lawn mowers on Good Morning America. In case you missed the brief segment, here it is: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/JustOneThing/story?id=7982173&page=1.
One of the companies, www.EcoMowers.com, told me I could bring their mower home with me for trials. Yesterday I put the Brill model to the test. Within two minutes I could see why this mower truly is a full evolutionary step ahead of the run-of-the-mill reel mower. It pushes more easily and cuts far better. I was totally impressed. Andy, the owner of www.EcoMowers.com, told me the German engineered machine never needs sharpening and is virtually maintenance free. He said he has tried some of the other models coming out of China and they just don’t work as well.
I also spent some time behind the scenes on the Good Morning America set with Paul Kirrane, a sales representative for the Boston Lawnmower Company, who as representing the Ariens electric riding mower known as AMP (I have brief rundowns of all the mowers on the www.SafeLawns.org home page). Paul said the Amp isn’t selling well yet in New England. He theorizes that folks are scared off by the $3,000 pricetag. A comparable gas model can be purchased for about half that much.
I hope to get my hands on an AMP soon so I can provide a first-hand review. If you do use a ride-on mower, I hope you’ll give this one a look, even with the price. It’s just way, way better for the planet. And with 75 minutes of charge time, it’s going to handle the majority of lawns.