11979 comments to http%3A%2F%2Fatomictoasters.com%2F2010%2F11%2Fshutdown-flying-lawnmowers%2FShutdown%3A+Flying+Lawnmowers2010-11-10+03%3A00%3A37engineerd%E2%84%A2http%3A%2F%2Fatomictoasters.com%2F%3Fp%3D1197Shutdown: Flying Lawnmowers
That's my lawnmower! I actually have one almost exactly like it just a different color, but sadly it doesn't fly. It doesn't even run very well. I think it is sitting in the barn at a rental property. I inherited the lawnmower from my grandmother. Mine it has the same crazy handle and offset wheels.
If you look closely at the picture you will notice something missing. A pull cord to start the engine. Instead of a standard pull cord to start it has a clockwork mechanism that you wind up and throw a lever to release it to spin the engine.
Yeah, what is up with the offset wheels?
So the grass goes out with less resistance than in the middle (in theory). Oh, and it clogs up both wheels instead of one nicely.
We had a Sears mower that had a similar starting mechanism – a spring-loaded crank with a folding handle on top of the engine. Once you finished winding the unfolded crank, you folded it back in place to start the engine. It sucked something terrible because you had to go through the winding process every single time – an exercise in frustration if the mower was being stubborn.
I guess I need a new one, since I kinda set mine on fire the last time I used it. :/
Two words (Two hyphenated words): Jet-pack Leaf-blower.
Call me when that's ready.
I'm waiting for a rocket-powered weed eater.
I say just make the yard stainless steel and be done with it.