Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The neighborhood just got a little quieter, X 2.
My mower smokes at the start, sounds like a Rolls Royce jet engine with a couple of impellers come loose, it pushes like a wooden wheeled manure wagon, and the start yank risks a rotator cuff every time. To run it you need ear plugs, shin guards and a respirator, more than 15 minutes without a break damages fillings. Its one of those throttle wide open birds, I had it overhauled once, as soon as the beast dies this time I'm headed for rechargeable mowerville. Maybe this year, maybe next, it's just a matter of time that one of us fails.
I been studying them. They cost on average $50 more than a gas burner. So it seems they are charging you for the gas your not going to burn. Most figures I come up with claim the E machines take (national average energy cost) $1 to mow an acre, the oil burners (figured months ago on lower cost benzine) $4.70. My neighbor said he uses 12 cents of E, his old oil burner used 50 cents. He really loves it, he figures it might break even if it lasts several years, but he really loves not having that can of gas in the garage and all that noise.