A Healthy Take on Yard Work

You would think that doing a hundred things a day would make you lose weight but the opposite is true. You’re still packing that baby weight, that beer belly, those love handles. It’s pretty depressing but what can you do. There is no time to exercise because your schedule is already full. Unless you forego sleep and eating, maybe you will get a chance. But right now, your choices are very limited.

A good idea would be to integrate physical activities in your everyday routine. Walking and taking a bus instead of cabs, taking the stairs and jogging every time you move from one place to another. If your daily routine includes yard work, there is always an opportunity to include exercise. One of the hardest work to do is lawn edging. It’s not exactly a lawn if it looks like it is part of the street.

Lawn edging requires you to straighten the borders of your lawn using tools like shovels and grass trimmers. Even though this will give you ample exercise you have to consider the time it takes to finish the job. You need a tool that still requires work while cutting the time you spend on lawn edging in half.

A good old lawn edger is the answer to your problem. Lawn edgers are hemispherical blades attached to poles that are used as handles. They come with footplates that allow you to push the blade into the ground. It will take longer than automatic edgers but at least you can still consider yourself physically challenged.

Choosing the right lawn edger is tricky. Some are made from different materials. What you want is the stainless steel ones. Some offer wooden handles. These create a nice nature-friendly dcor for your lawn edger. Most offer metal handles but your biggest concern is the length of the handle. It is hard on the backs of taller people if they choose lawn edgers that have shorter handles. In this case, you can look for lawn edgers that have retractable handles.

Check your local hardware or gardening store if they have some in stock. If they don’t or if you don’t like what they have, then it’s easier to go online. Many sites offer minimal shipping fees and sometimes free. This way, you won’t have to trouble yourself with looking for a lawn edger that’s just right for you and your fitness needs.

About the author: Athena has been writing articles for the past 3 years. Check her latest website over at http://www.gasedger.org/ which gives people advice about the best Lawn Edgers as well as more information on edgers.

For both two and four stroke machines as more of a preventative, it would be recommended to have the machine serviced once a year

For both two and four stroke machines as more of a preventative, it would be recommended to have the machine serviced once a year. For a four stroke machine this is definitely an essential just like your car a four stoke machine has separate oil and separate fuel and the engine oil needs to be changed at lease once a year, for domestic use, for a contractor this would vary depending upon how many jobs a week they do but at least once a month (or every 20 hours of use). At Thomson’s we offer two types of service: 1. Lite/Annual Service, which as suggested above keeps you machine running well. 2. Full Service, usually gets done when you’re having trouble starting your machine and includes cleaning and flushing the fuel system and stripping down and checking the carburetor.

A couple of major Do’s and Don’ts

Do run your two stroke machines at full power, a lot of people make the mistake of not running the machine at full speed as their afraid to hurt the machine. Two stroke machines are designed to work hard and work best when their running a full power. Problems will be caused with unspent fuel and carbon build up when the machine is not run at full power.

Do mix your 2 stroke fuel mix correctly – don’t guess it! It will save you $$$ in the long run.

Do give your 2 stroke fuel can a bit of a shake before refilling your machine as sometimes the oil can settle/separate from the fuel.

Don’t lend your machine once again it will usually end up costing you $$$ in the long run.

Don’t tip your four stroke the wrong way, YES there is a wrong and right way to tip your four stroke, the rule of thumb with four stroke machines is keep the spark plug in the air. With most mowers this means remove the catcher and tip the machine up on it’s bottom or flap if you need to look underneath it. WHY? a four stroke machine has a sump at the back of the engine and if we tip it the wrong way oil will run from the sump to the front of the engine and into places where it’s not required like the air filter, cylinder head and or muffler. This can mean an expensive repair/service to your machine.

A final thought… As with most machines, cars etc, if you look after them they will in turn perform well and give you a few less headaches to deal with. A few dollars spent on a annual service will save you $$$ and prolong the life of your out door power equipment.

Fuel would have to be the biggest offender when it comes to servicing and repair work.

Fuel would have to be the biggest offender when it comes to servicing and repair work.

Did you know fuel goes off? With out getting too technical (which is probably a bit beyond all of us) fuel when stored for an extended period of time and this can sometimes be as little as a month will go stale, it looses the gasses which make it explode.

How can we stop our fuel going off? There is a solution, the easiest option is not to store fuel for extended periods, winter would be the worst time of year when we’re not using our outdoor power equipment as often, that’s why when spring comes around your lawn mower doesn’t want to start. You could even empty out the fuel of your machine and fuel container for winter and start a fresh with new fuel again in Spring. Suppliers have also come to the ball game with Fuel Stabilizers, which is an additive to mix in with your fuel, once added to the fuel it can extend the shelf life of the fuel up to 24 months. Bearing in mind that this will vary between suppliers and who and where you buy it from.

What about water in fuel? This may seem hard to believe but water in fuel happens quite easily. A half empty can of fuel stored in the shed will expand and contract with the weather and condensation (water) can build up inside the can, same goes for the fuel tank on your machine for that matter. When you next fill your mower you now have water in the fuel tank of the machine too. The carburetor on your machines are not designed to pass water through jets and as little as 1 drop of water will stop your machine from running.

How can we stop water getting into our fuel? Try using a funnel, once again suppliers have thought this all through for us and have come up with funnels with filters in them that stop the transfer of water and debris into your machines. The other option once again is not to store fuel for extended periods.

Two Stoke Fuel With any two stroke machine it is essential that you mix the fuel and oil together and do it accurately. There are a few variables with various suppliers on what they suggest the best ratio is for their machine, this can vary from country to country depending upon the fuel emission levels and regulations of that particular area. As a rule of thumb we use two main ratios when mixing fuel.

Why two different mixes? Easy, it depends on the quality of the oil you use in the mix if your using a high quality oil like Shindaiwa or Echo two stroke oil it’s recommended you run the mix at a 50:1 ratio, some of the higher quality oils will also have built in fuel stabilizers and smoke reduction formulas etc, once again this will vary between suppliers. If your using another brand of oil or one of lesser quality it’s recommended you run the mix at a 25:1 ratio.

The ratios:

50:1 = 100ml of two stroke oil to 5 litres of unleaded petrol

25:1 = 200ml of two stroke oil to 5 litres of unleaded petrol

Four Stroke Fuel Not much to it really straight unleaded petrol and once again keep an eye on the length of time your store it.

The WORX WG783 Lil Cordless Lawn Mower

The WORX WG783 Lil Cordless Lawn Mower has earned a four star rating. Nearly two thirds of customers gave this electric mower the highest rating of five stars. There were a small number of one star reviews as well.

Customers loved the fact that this WORX WG783 Lil Cordless Lawn Mower is ready to go right out of the box. Most also came with a battery that was fully or almost fully charged. An extra couple of minutes and this mower was ready to get to work. Reviews noted that it takes more walking due to the smaller cutting path, but it was lightweight enough to easily tilt when necessary. Consumers who have owned other models of electric mowers in the past seem to prefer the WG783, even though it is smaller.

Although small, users commented that it was powerful enough to get through even this St. Augustine grass. One reviewer even noted that this mower took care of weeds, vines, and pine cones as well as a gas mower.

A few of the negative reviews had to do with the company’s customer service. When some customers called the customer service number, they were greeted with an automated response that promised a return phone call in a few days due to high call volume. A couple of people noted that their mowers were delivered without the lower handle. One of these customers spent six weeks trying to get through to a live customer service representative to fix the issue only to find that the part was on back order.

Some users also lamented the fact that the WORX WG783 Lil Cordless Lawn Mower struggled with especially tall grass. This is a common problem with electric mowers. Moist grass can be an issue as well.

The WORX WG783 Lil Cordless Lawn Mower is an excellent electric mower for very small yards, so long as you receive a machine in working order. If you have warranty issues with the machine, you are apparently likely to have significant trouble getting through to customer service and getting the parts you need.

Epic EP21H 21-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Self-Propelled Lawn Mower Review

Approximately 5% of the air pollution in the United States emanates from gas powered lawn mowers. The Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower allows you to be part of the solution. It is one of only a couple electric powers that are self-propelled. Electric mowers tend to be heavy. The shipping weight on the Epic EP21H is over 100 pounds, so the self-propelled feature is a big plus.

The Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower is an odd looking machine with a high efficiency motor and a sealed lead acid battery. The average energy cost per charge is ten cents, which gives enough power to mow an average sized yard with only one charge.

The Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower has earned a 3 ½ star rating, which is slightly lower than the average electric mower. Only one third of customers gave it the highest five star rating. One star ratings numbered in the double digits.

Many of the negative reviews were of mowers that arrived with a defective motor. There are a couple of reviews like this. Others received mowers that had been damaged during shipment. The battery life was also an issue for several customers, one of which had to recharge the battery four times to finish mowing their yard.
There were several other complaints as well. The user manual is apparently severely lacking. Batteries that worked well during the first season of use failed halfway through the second season, and a new battery’s cost is expensive.

There are a large number of purchasers who really liked the Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower. Many mentioned the same issue of battery life: it lasts 45 minutes at the most. Yet, they were still happy enough with the performance to issue a five star rating. Buyers gave this Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower positive reviews for how it cuts through tall and wet grass.

People who bought this electric mower to replace their gas powered machines were some of the most pleased. Wheel traction seems to be good, and the rear wheel self propulsion system performs wonderfully. The fact that this is a self-propelled mower is very beneficial to those with hilly or rugged lawns.

It is hard to give this Epic EP21H Cordless Lawn Mower a good recommendation. While some users were pleased, a large number found that the battery did not last long enough. Even some of the positive reviews mentioned this. Also, several of these mowers arrived damaged. This mower is not available now on some sites, which might be fortunate considering its numerous problems.

Black & Decker CM1836 18-Inch 36-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review

A smaller form of the CM 1936, the Black & Decker CM1836 Cordless Lawn Mower might only weigh 64 pounds, but it can power its way through 1/3 acre of grass on one charge. It starts right up with the turn of a key and a handle pull, and folds up easily for convenient storage.

Black and Decker back this electric mower with its two-year warranty on materials and workmanship as well as a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. This cordless electric power gives the freedom of a gas mower with the handiness of an electric mower.

The Black & Decker CM1836 Cordless Lawn Mower has earned a four star rating with some mixed reviews. A commenter mentioned that the battery on a previous Black and Decker model had to be replaced after only 2 ½ years. There were several comments concerning the inconvenience of the authorized service centers. In many cases, the service centers where quite a distance away, and the Black and Decker customer service representatives were not as helpful as the could have been.
Note that this product could not be returned. Because of the lead acid battery, this mower is considered a hazardous material and will not be accepted in return. All issues are referred to your closest authorized service center.

Over half or the reviewers gave the Black & Decker CM1836 Cordless Lawn Mower the highest rating of five stars. There is much to like about this mower, starting with the ease of assembly right out of the box. The battery arrives with a full charge, and customers can be out mowing their lawn in less than fifteen minutes after delivery. It is lightweight for an electric mower and compact so it is easy to fold up and put away.

Those who bought the Black & Decker CM1836 Cordless Lawn Mower to replace their gas powered mower were giddy. They marveled at how quiet this mower is, and are thrilled not to have to drive to the gas station for one gallon of gas. There is also no fussing with a pull cord as this mower starts right up every time with a safety key and a pull of the handle.

The Black & Decker CM1836 Cordless Lawn Mower is highly recommended by over half of the customer reviews. As with most electric mowers, this model reportedly has a little trouble with thicker grass. But it powers right through grass at a reasonable height, so don’t let your grass go to long between mowing. The cutting path is smaller than with the 19 inch model, but this mower is much lighter and a reviewer commented that they were able to finish their lawn in less time.

WORX ECO WG780 19-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review

The WORX ECO WG780 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is strong enough to mow up to 17,500 square feet of grass on one charge. It features the WORX company’s ErgoSum Design Technology so that users can adjust the handle to whichever angle they are the most comfortable with. The soft grips also reduce vibrations and fatigue.

The WORX ECO WG780 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower has been well received with customers giving it an overall rating of four stars. It is a versatile mower that can both mulch and rear bag. The electric motor is virtually maintenance free. It runs very quietly, and produces no carbon emissions.

Customer reviews of the WORX ECO WG780 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower have been mostly positive, with over half of respondents giving this mower the highest rating of 5 stars. Customers were impressed right out of the box as the mower comes virtually completely assembled. Only a couple of knobs to be tightened to set the handle into place, and it is ready to go. The battery is removable, and has an easy to see charge indicator so users will know how much power is left.

One reviewer was very impressed with how this WORX ECO WG780 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower handles tall grass. They had let their lawn go, and the grass had grown to a height of 22 to 28 inches. Although the blade did slow down considerably in the thicker patches of long grass, it never choked. Backing the mower up and letting the blade clear itself got it ready for another go. Comments also indicate that this is a great mulching mower, leaving mulched grass that is practically invisible.

Negative reviews hammered WORX for their customer service. Several of the customers stated that their customer service experience was the worst ever. There can be a long wait to speak with a representative. One customer was alarmed to hear that they were 38th in queue to speak with someone. Replacements for defective parts and batteries have taken weeks to arrive, which can be a major inconvenience during the spring and summer growing seasons.

Some reviewers also mentioned that this WORX ECO WG780 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is heavier than their previous gas powered mowers. And, this model is not self-propelled. This is not a problem for those who enjoy getting a workout in while mowing their grass. But, this mower can be difficult to push for those who are used to a self-propelled gas powered mower. WORX does have a self-propelled electric mower, but it is more expensive.

WORX WG788 19-Inch 36 Volt Cordless 3-In-1 Lawn Mower With Removable Battery & IntelliCut Review

The WORX WG788 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower With Removable Battery & IntelliCut provides mulching, side discharge, and rear bagging capabilities. The company’s patented IntelliCut Torque on Demand technology keeps the mower from struggling through tall grass or while mulching leaves, both of which tend to be issues with other electric mowers.

The WORX WG788 19-Inch 36 Volt Cordless 3-In-1 Lawn Mower starts with just the pull of a lever, and the removable 36 volt lead acid battery is easy to charge and store. It is relatively lightweight for an electric mower, at only 87 pounds, yet powerful enough to handle 18,500 square feet on one charge. Earning a four star rating, this mower comes highly recommended by customers.

This WORX WG788 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower has earned a four-star rating, with absolutely no one-star customer reviews. Almost half of all customer reviews gave the WORX WG788 the highest rating of five stars.

Customers rave that this mower is simple to assemble and easy to start. The IntelliCut features works as advertised, powering the mower through tough grass. Comments indicate that the battery life is effectively longer than some other electric mowers currently on the market, with one reviewer claiming to have mowed his lawn three times on one charge. This WORX WG788 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower is reported to run quieter than other models and brands.

Reviewers state that assembly out of the box is a breeze. One even remarked that he was mowing his lawn 15 minutes after the mower arrived at his door. Whereas some other models seem to experience battery failure after the first year, user reports that this mower is dependable and reliable.

Negative reviews are hard to find, and one reviewer gave this mower the lowest rating of one star. Complaints in the two star ratings are varied. One reviewer complained of receiving a mower that had obviously been previously returned and came with two broken handles. A second customer also said they received a previously used and damaged mower. Another received a battery that was apparently defective, as it did not last as long as advertised. Some harsh comments were also aimed at the inconvenience of finding an authorized service company, as some were over 20 miles away from where the customer lived.

Earthwise 60120 20-Inch 24-Volt Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Review

The Earthwise 60120 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower has earned a four star rating, with almost half of the customer reviews giving this electric mower the highest rating of five stars. However, almost 25% of the reviews were negative, with a two star or one star rating.

Commenters have remarked that this is a powerful mower that can handle grass as high as 4 to 5 inches high, so long as the user doesn’t try to push the mower through the grass too quickly. It has a sturdy steel construction, and has a generous 20 inch cutting path. This allows you to mow your lawn in less time.

Some of the negative reviews were concerning the battery charger. People who left the battery on the charger overnight found that the battery was either drained the next day, or the charger itself had melted. There is a flap on the back of the mower, but pulling the mower in reverse can shred the flap. Many also expressed concern that the battery doesn’t seem to survive the winter. The manufacturer recommends recharging the battery every month during the winter, but many found that the battery was considerably less powerful the second year. Unfortunately, the warranty on the battery is only for one year, and a replacement costs are expensive.

Customer service seems to be a common issue as well. People who called the customer service line found themselves on hold for twenty minutes or longer. Surprisingly, some of the customer service representatives mentioned that the company knows there is a problem with the battery. Customers with warranty issues were referred to the nearest authorized service center, but the repair people regularly had trouble getting the parts they needed to fix the issues.

Black & Decker CM1936 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower Reviews

Out of 270 customer reviews thus far, 153 give this Black & Decker CM1936 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower a five star rating. Commenters love the removable battery, and noted that it arrives from the factory virtually fully charged. It is easy to assemble out of the box, and with only a few minutes on the charger, the battery is ready to go.

Starting this mower is very easy. Simply put in the key, press the start button while holding the dead-man bar and the mower starts right up. A couple of the huge advantages of an electric mower, which customers loved, are its quiet operation and the lack of a gas smell. Buyers also loved the squeeze handle height adjustment, which is much easier to operate than on other brands of electric mowers. Reviewers even commented positively about the user manual. The positive reviews are long and thorough, indicating that the customers were absolutely thrilled with their purchase.

The more lukewarm reviews noted that, although the mower appeared to perform as advertised, it is fairly heavy. Because of the battery and other design issues, electric mowers tend to be heavier than gas powered mowers. The trade-off is the quiet running of the motor and the environmental benefit of no carbon emissions.

Of course, there are number of customers who were not happy with the Black & Decker CM1936 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower. Interestingly, many of the negative comments stated that the mower arrived cracked or broken in places. They were not able to return the mower. Other negative comments mentioned that the blade seemed to have trouble cutting thick grass evenly, or at all. A few were frustrated that they had to mow parts of their yard twice, as this machine left patches of grass unevenly cut. Wet grass was also noted as a problem by one reviewer. The mower had trouble picking up the wet clippings, and the bag chute was regularly getting clogged.

Positive reviews of the Black & Decker CM1936 Cordless Electric Lawn Mower far outnumber the negative reviews. Its four star rating is strong, with the vast majority of buyers giving this electric mower the highest recommendation

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