Manual Mower Madness
Recently Mr. Thrifty was visiting one of his favorite websites – Mr. Money Mustache. It was this post, Muscle Over Motor, that got me thinking. Why am I spending $10 each summer to fill up my mower, when I could be muscling my way to Mustachianism. With a manual mower, I could mow as early or late as I wanted, I’d need less room to store my mower; heck, I could even hang it by peg hooks on the wall and free up valuable space in my small outdoor closet. It sounded awesome.
I patiently waited until I found a good deal on a manual mower. As far as deals go, this was a good one, the mower was free to a good home. I told the guy I’d take good care of her and you could see the relief in his eyes. (I later came to find out what he was relieved about)
The mower needed a bit of servicing. The great thing about these mowers is they are dead simple to work on. I took it apart, sharpened her up, lubed the gears, and began to mow..and mow…and mow..and oh dear Lord..my heart began to pound…my breath grew labored..my back ached…and that was only my front yard.
I’m not sure how old Mr. Money Mustache is, but I’m 42. I also live in North Carolina. So what I’m trying to say is, to hell with pushing a manual mower in 100 degree heat in this humidity.
Mowing my own grass saves me nearly $200 each month and it only takes $3 of gas each month. So listen to Jimmy McMillan, it’s hot as hell out there, and a manual mower could kill you. At the very least, it will make you wish you were dead. The MOWING IS TOO DAMN HARD!
I’m not going to say that manual mowers aren’t thrifty, but I will go so far as to say that manual mowers are not for Mr. Thrifty.