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Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:41 am

Ride-on lawnmowers of course make sense for people with large expanses of land. In the neighborhood where I live, however, most houses are on lots measuring 80 x 100 feet, and about one-third of each lot is occupied by the driveway, walkways, plantings and of course the house itself. I can mow the entire yard in less than an hour with a regular power mower, and that's at a relatively leisurely pace.
I've been noticing more and more people in the neighborhood using ride-on lawnmowers. At least, that is, those who don't hire Mexican day laborers to handle their yard work, which is another topic entirely. Keep in mind that the people using ride-ons for the most part aren't old or infirm, instead being youngish or middle-aged men. Dunno, this just strikes me as an example of laziness in action, similar to the way that the venerable game of golf has been almost entirely replaced by "cartball."
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:49 am

If you have a huge yard, I see the need. If you have an average size yard or even a little bigger, I don't. You don't sae much time on a rider in essence because you still need a small mower to edge and or trim etc. I used to mow with a 48" John Deer Walk Behind. Thing was a beast. Since I moved though, its back to 20 inch cut one.
 
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:50 am

I wouldn't go that far and jump to that conclusion.

First of all riding mowers are cool and every guy should have one.

But all joking aside, maybe your neighbor with the riding mower finds it easier/quicker to use it. Takes less time and hassle to mow his lawn and can get to more important tasks like spending time with their family. There are plenty of people that see yard work as pure drudgery and do not like it one bit. Obviously there are those that enjoy it, and take extreme pride in the fruit of their labor. So to call those folks who bought a riding mower for their 1/4 acre lot lazy is a bit much and frankly presumptuous.
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:08 am

Some ride-ons have a snow-blower or snow plow attachment. Up in New York, I can see how this would be helpful.
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:27 am

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2):
But all joking aside, maybe your neighbor with the riding mower finds it easier/quicker to use it. Takes less time and hassle to mow his lawn and can get to more important tasks like spending time with their family. There are plenty of people that see yard work as pure drudgery and do not like it one bit.

As KROC pointed out, however, the time savings aren't significant. I suspect that's especially true on smaller lots such as the ones in my neighborhood.
The more I think about it, I also suspect that ride-on lawnmowers can be a suburban status symbol, possibly that helps account for their growing popularity.
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:31 am

My lot is 125 ft x 95 ft. I borrowed a riding mower once. I still had to fire up the self-propelled walk-behind mower and WeedEater to get all the nook and crannies. By the time I finished, it took 30 minutes longer using the riding mower!

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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:42 am

Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
The more I think about it, I also suspect that ride-on lawnmowers can be a suburban status symbol, possibly that helps account for their growing popularity.

I am coming to a similar conclusion as well. Just like in the TV show "King of the Hill," all the guys have their ride-ons despite having postage stamp sized lawns. And the guy that has the John Deer has more status than the guy with the Craftsman.
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:47 am

Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
I also suspect that ride-on lawnmowers can be a suburban status symbol,

The only status I would assign someone living in a typical suburban home who owned and regularly used a riding mower is 'stupid redneck wannabe'.
 
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:51 am

It just means you have too much money and can afford a garden the size of a football pitch (jammy gits!)
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:55 am

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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:22 am

Two of my neighbors, with similar sized lawns have riding mowers. I have a Honda self-propelled walking mower and it typically takes me about 25% less time to mow my lawn than it takes my neighbors.

The riding mowers are great for larger pieces of property but if you've got any sort of obstacles, the time savings due to the straight line speed are usually eaten up by the various turns and repositioning approaches you end up making to get every last piece of grass.
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:51 am

When I used to mow the lawn I was just happy that it was a motorized blade doing the work. Having powered wheels and mini-riding-tractors is just lazy nonsense. Do other folks in other countries buy this crap for a small yard?

Quoting WellHung (Reply 7):
The only status I would assign someone living in a typical suburban home who owned and regularly used a riding mower is 'stupid redneck wannabe'.

Too true.  Big grin

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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:55 am

Granted, you can't get to everything very easily, but I can assure that it takes a good bit less time to mow our yard (about 1/2 acre) with a riding lawn mower as opposed to a push mower. My mother recently bought a $1600 John Deere 18.5HP mower, primarily because I'm never there to mow for her. It mows much faster because the cutting area is wider, and you can go faster. We don't use it on the ditch, since it's poorly banked, and getting around some areas of the backyard is a little cumbersome, but it's pretty darn cool to have.

My parents always regretted not bringing their (small) John Deere tractor from Connecticut down to Alabama. I can remember Dad mowing the lawn with an itty bitty little push mower for our large lawn at our previous house.
 
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:55 am

And Mark gives us the redneck version of the rider mower.....awesome!  thumbsup 

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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:20 am

When we moved to a house with more land we were told by the owner that to mow the garden with a push along mower would take two full days! Needless to say we bought a ride on mower pretty soon after we moved in which helped a great deal, had almost as much equipment as the car I learned to drive in!.....then it got stolen during a raid on our outbuildings. Our nearest neighbours took pity on us and let us one until we got ours reimbursed by the insurance company.

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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:37 am

Yeah, there are a few head cases around my neighborhood that mow their 1/4 acre lawns with riding mowers...and not the smaller more manuverable go-kartish Snappers, but big honking 15-20 HP tractor types with deep exhaust notes and blades that sound like a C-130 Hercules is taxiing next door. It really does take them longer between all the manuvering/wasted motion/trimming etc than it does me with my 3.5 HP push mower, and about ruins the evening for everyone trying to relax/barbeque outside etc.

One somewhat portly neighbor ( not really a bad sort ) is always musing how he has to lose weight blah blah blah. I suggested maybe push mowing and that yard work in general is good excersize: He motions to his big belly with his hands ( which hangs over his belt buckle ) and says "Do you REALLY think I can mow a lawn like that carrying this extra cargo around?".  blockhead  Headcases.

Now another ex-co-worker ( early retired ) has so much property it takes 8 hours to mow with a small diesel tractor and 48 inch tow-deck. So I'm not anti-rider as such.
 
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RE: Ride-on Lawnmowers - A Sign Of Laziness?

Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:28 am

I guess I've always thought of riding mowers for postage stamp size lots is stupid, too. Maybe "status"...is there an Escalade in the driveway?

BTW, the "zero-radius", twin-stick steer riding mowers are great for spinning around trees and other obstacles that create hassles. Pricey, but if you have the acreage, it's probably worth the investment...and they are FUN, too. Regards...Jack
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