Should I use money to make my life easier? Well, maybe not my life, but my chores. There is part of me that says doing these things around the yard without the benefit of power equipment is simply another way to get some exercise. And then I’m out there in 95 degree heat and 90% humidity and I think, perhaps I’ve made the wrong choice. Or, like last weekend, we get a bunch of wet, heavy snow and I’m out there trying to make my back as sore as possible while not having a heart attack and dying in my driveway. Same thought, I’ve made the wrong choice. Yesterday, I made a different choice.
I have been pondering this decision for a while. Last summer I thought I was ready to make a big purchase and get a lawn tractor, but then I convinced myself that I did not need such an extravagance. I have a suburban lot which, according to the local municipality, is 0.232 acres. It’s not really an all day job to mow less than a quarter acre. But it is a miserable chore that I do not like doing. In much the same way, my driveway is not huge, at least six cars, but not much more than that. And half of that is filled with two vans most of the time. I like shoveling snow more than mowing the lawn, but it’s still not a favorite.
I made up my mind about the snow blower last weekend. Getting one. Just a matter of which one. Enough of this shit.
The mower was a different story. I could not pull the trigger on what I wanted, because it’s a damn big purchase for something I don’t like doing. Kinda how I feel about replacing my roof. I was looking at self propelled mowers, but I had one of those and I didn’t use it. Sold it to the neighbor actually. It was actually Lady Ronn who said to do this. Apparently, she’s not so worried about me dying in the driveway, more that she doesn’t want me to collapse in the front yard where the neighbors will see. That would be embarrassing. So I did it. Pulled the trigger. Hopefully I won’t regret either of these purchases.
You have no idea how many videos I watched on this machine. Possibly all of them. I was pondering one or two stage snow blowers in our last go round. Not only is this a single stage unit, it’s also electric. Probably the big decision maker was that a couple of those videos were filmed here in Michigan, under conditions that I both recognize and have experience with. This should be perfect for most snowfalls, and the reviews say it’s bad ass enough to handle the big stuff as well. I hope that’s true. I could have gone to the store and grabbed this one off the shelf, but why bother, they’ll bring it right to my house. Home Depot will have it here in a week. Hopefully the snow will hold off until it gets here.
I looked at this Ryobi last year. Wanted it. Didn’t buy it. This year I compared it to a couple others, the Cub Cadet in particular, and I still like it best. It has a very go kart look to it, which I think is cool. It was on sale at the Home Depot and comes with extra blades and the hard shell grass bags, plus I had a coupon for 24-months free financing. Still not a cheap purchase. The 75AH is more than big enough for my lawn. It’s good for two hours or two acres and the 38″ blade width should make short work of my yard. I’m curious about how it’ll handle the digout for my culvert and the hill in my front yard. I guess we’ll find out in a few months. Home Depot is delivering it for free, should be here in two weeks.