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Mowgasm

When ML & I moved to the country 13 years ago I acquired the task of keeping about 4.5 acres mowed.  To call those acres a lawn would be overstating the case, but there is a certain amount of grass in the mix. 

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Anyway, after the first year with an 18 inch walk-behind mower, I purchased a Honda lawn tractor to handle the job.   It's been a trouper, but this year, after 12 years of abuse, the Honda made it perfectly clear it was ready to retire.

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The hardest part of mowing for me has always been maneuvering around the numerous trees, rocks, shrubs and flower beds that dot our property.  So I have been intrigued by the zero turn radius mowers.  Well, I don't have much time for shopping at this time of year, so I just bought what looked like a really solid machine with a Honda engine (they always seem to run well).  It's made by Hustler and called a "Fastrak Mini-Z".  All I can say is, I had no idea what I was missing.

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The first time I mowed I found the controls to be  a little squirrelly, and I managed to drive it into a bog, from which  ML and I took half an hour and a load of muddy laundry to extract it.  I was a little discouraged.  But now I've had a couple of more session, and I am completely wowed.  This thing not only turns in zero radius but does so with zero effort.  Moreover, it mows at about twice the speed on the old tractor.  Bottom line - I can do my mowing in about half the time with virtually no effort.

May 23, 2006 in Personal | Permalink

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That's a serious man-toy. Enjoy.

Posted by: Tillerman | Jun 25, 2006 5:10:37 PM

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