Why reel lawn mowers excel, Reason #37: Safe around kids

Long live the new reel mower!

Long live the new reel mower!

I like my reel lawnmower because I can use it in one part of my yard while my kids play nearby.  Well, this should be past tense, at this point; my kids are no longer toddlers who need to be watched every moment. But when they were age 3, it was enormously convenient to have them playing in the right half of my front yard, say, while I mowed the left. I could mow without worrying about stones getting thrown at them by the mower.

Now, of course a determined 3-year-old can hurt himself anywhere, and I’m not saying that I could mow right through their game of let’s-pretend-we’re-in-the-Wizard of Oz-movie. But again, I was able to keep an eye on them while I did yard work. Before I had children, this would not have occurred to me as anything particularly important, but once the kids came along I found it enormously helpful.

(And now that they are older, they can pitch in with this mower at a younger age than I would want them to be in order to use a power mower . . . but wait, that’s Reason #61, and deserves its own post.)

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