I was asking how well it mulches.
What I meant is an inch of growth. I've never mowed short. Before I first read your article a few years ago, I never mowed shorter than 2 1/2 inches. After reading your article, I've been mowing at the highest setting which is about 4 inches for about 5 years. When I tried the cordless electric, it didn't mulch very well on the highest setting if there was more than 1 inch of growth. It was a DR electric mower which looks like the Neuton. I think it is the same mower since they now sell the Neuton on the DR website.
Well, I've mowed with my Neuton CE 6 twice and it is the worst purchase I have ever made. This thing is a piece of junk! It is not very well built and it has a light blade that cuts very uneven. It is very hard to push and is actually noisier than my gas Honda mower. Also the mulching is terrible. I am cutting on the highest level and it was bogging down and leaving clumps of grass. The mowing time is shorter than advertised as well. It says that it will last 1 hour and I could only get 35 minutes when it started to slow down and lose cutting power. I've had to wait and recharge to battery and finish mowing the next day. The worst part is the customer service. The mower is supposed to have a 60 day satisfaction return policy but because I bought through a clean air program (which they sponsored ) the sale is final with no returns. When I called to find out about returning it, they instantly got very rude on the phone.
I bought a DR cordless mower through Country Home about 10 years ago that I didn't like because it had the same issues as the Neuton and I realized that this is the same company and they just renamed it Neuton. There is nothing new about these Neuton mowers except the CE 6 is 19 inches instead of 14 inches and it is exactly like the mower I tried 10 years ago. If I knew it was the same company and mower, I would have never bought it.
Ken Peavey wrote:
I lower it down as far as it will go, can't be an inch off the ground. There are cottonmouth snakes around so the grass needs to be cut short in order to see the snakes easily.
paul wheaton wrote:
In what way was the mulching not working well. Can you upload a pic?
paul wheaton wrote:
The neuton i tried was a 14 inch. I wonder if the whole cordless thing does a better job with a smaller blade.
Can you send pics of the "uneven" and grass clumps?
paul wheaton wrote:
THAT is soooooo cool!
How does a scythe do if the grass is five inches and you want it to be three inches? My impression has always been that a scythe does well with cutting, say, foot tall stuff an inch off the ground, but cutting shorter stuff further up - not so good. But I haven't really tried. Hav eyou?
My vote is for the scythe as well. I mow about 20 acres a year and keep 2-3 acres quite lawnish (3-5 cuttings). After 8+ years of intensive study I can mow an acre in 6-10 hours depending on conditions.
Fred Morgan wrote:
Not sure what you mean by intensive study... I figured out how to use one in a few weekends. They say you need about a thousand swings to get good, a lot less if you work with someone who can help you understand it.
One thing that has made it hard here to get people to use it right is a lifetime of swinging a machete. A scythe cuts, a machete, whacks. Speed is critical for a machete, the angle and sharpness is everything for a scythe. I know of Ticos (what Costa Ricans call themselves) who can keep up with me with a machete.
Of course, after bragging about my Scott's Classic 20" reel mower, it broke! The metal handle snapped clean in half! Fortunately, the folks at Scott's were very gracious about it, and they are sending out a new handle. They said that it is a known issue, so if you have one, be forewarned!
Jamie Heaney wrote:Lawn mower pollution is the same as any traditional two stroke engine.