Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Another awesome design - Fiskars Momentum Lawnmower

OK, I'm still stupidly ill, so this is going to be a short one.

I found out about the Fiskars Momentum lawnmower today from this article on Grist. Now, this is an amazing piece of design to me for a couple of reasons. It recognises that old tech can work just as well, if not better than new, but it also takes the old design and completely eliminates all the problems, and it makes sure that the user is comfortable while doing it.

Some quick points that make this different than old fashioned reel grass cutters: the blades never touch, so they rarely need sharpening; the width of the blades is the same as the width of the wheels, so there's no three-inch gap where it won't cut on each side; the height is adjustable so you can mow grass to different levels; it has a weighted flywheel to make pushing it easier and to deal with any sticks it may run across; and it has an ergonomic handle that makes pushing both easier than traditional reel mowers and more comfortable. Of course, these are its advantages over traditional reel mowers; it also has advantages over gas powered mowers like a gas powered mower in one year produces the same emissions as 43 cars each driving 12,000 miles - and you're right behind the exhaust.

It almost makes me wish I had a lawn to mow.

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