Carbon Tip-Toe Lawn Care Products

By: Carbon Tip-toe  09-12-2011
Keywords: lawn care, Lawn, Reel Mowers

Carbon Tip-Toe
Home and Lawn Care

Reduce your carbon footprint to
a friendly tip-toe..
cleaner, safer, quieter.

                NaturCut Push Reel Mowers

  •  Superior "contact-free silent-cut" technology
  •  Agile and easy to push
  •   Fully tempered blades 
  •  No sharpening required for 8 to 10 years
  •  Bearing mounted reel for fast cutting action
  •  Sturdy design and manufacturer's warranty
  •  Hands-on demonstration and field support *
                    * Delivery or demonstration outside the East Toronto service area may require a transportation fee.

I have used a variety of manual reel mowers over the past two decades and can easily say that the NaturCut Classic HD is the best overall machine for cutting many lawn types under difficult conditions ..

.. so I took my first Naturcut Classic HD mower up to the bog in Muskoka, put it through a "torture test" and it out-performed other brands for durability and ease of use. And this is how I became a NaturCut dealer!

In the Summertime the yard shown in the photos will morph into the "evening primrose garden" that is shown on my home page, basically an acre or so of lawn featuring tall stands of wildflowers and a few trees. In the Springtime I mow the yard well to slow the vigorous lawn growth -- this helps to encourage and display the shorter flowering species later on. This yard will eventually become a "tamed meadow" that is an absolute haven for a wide variety of desirable wildlife including many song birds and pollinator species (see "Pollinators" button for more information).

The ground and grasses are rather bumpy and irregular in this yard and there are numerous stone or stump hazards. As we enter Summer the grasses become thicker and will eventually grow to a height of over 5 feet if they are not trimmed aggressively in the early season.

At one time I used gas mowers to do all this cutting, but they would frequently "bottom out" in difficult places, struggling in the pot-holes and thicker spots while emitting unpleasantly dense exhaust fumes. Inevitably they would stall and need to be restarted. In addition, these gas lawn mowers can be heavy and tough to manoeuvre in really challenging terrain -- hence the risk of "bottoming out" or even personal injury in steep, slippery or rocky areas.

In fact, I ruined two blades and broke a shaft over the course of two years in my attempts to create my ideal "Muskoka lawn" using a gas-powered machine. Understand that these are difficult conditions for the typical residential-grade lawn mower!

And I am not recommending that you put your NaturCut through a grueling torture test (at the extreme, you could find yourself outside of the warranty conditions :) but for me it was a carbon-neutral way of selectively trimming a challenging yard and reducing my carbon footprint to an environmentally friendly tip-toe..

I was delighted that my NaturCut was able to cut these dense grasses in a safer, cleaner and quieter manner. The unit is light-weight compared to an engine-powered mower, a design feature which offers great agility on bumps and slopes. The "touchless" blade system reduces cutting resistance -- making NaturCut easy to push. The bearing mounted reel allows for rapid-fire stem cutting and edging. Mowing clumps of thick Muskoka grasses in a bumpy yard is admittedly more difficult than the average city lawn, but the work-out was enjoyable without the odour of gas fumes.

I compared the Naturcut to the "contact blade" push reel mowers of competitors and found the NaturCut to be much easier to operate under these conditions -- agile, effective and easy to push -- and therefore equal to the task of cutting all the wild grass in an environmentally friendly way.

Gas lawn mower emissions are among the most harmful to you and our environment. Why mess with oil and gas, or electricity, when people-power will cut your grass? Let me care for your lawn the environmentally friendly way or better still, purchase your own top quality NaturCut Reel Mower. Together we can move towards a healthy and sustainable future!

I will personally deliver, set up and demonstrate your mower (East Toronto and surrounding area) or you can  arrange for prompt delivery anywhere in Canada:

NaturCut Ideal 40 Push Reel Mower
• Weight 9.1Kg (20 pounds)
• Cutting width 40cm (16 inches)
• Cutting height 12 - 75mm (.6 - 2.75 inches), easily adjusted
• Contact-free blade design for exceptional ease of pushing
• Expected blade life is 8 - 10 years
• Rigid full-width handle with molded plastic grip
• Ten inch wheel diameter
• Segmented rear roller
• 2 Year WarrantyMSRP - $249          Your Price - $215 all inclusive NaturCut Classic HD Push Reel Mower
• Weight 9.5kg (21 pounds)
• Cutting width 40cm (16 inches)
• Cutting height 28 - 95mm (1.2 - 3.5 inches),
   easily adjusted with 6 positions
• Contact-free blade design for exceptional ease of pushing
• Expected blade life is 8 - 10 years
• Rigid full-width handle with molded plastic grip
• Ten inch wheel diameter
• Height adjusted with independent rear wheels improves  
cut on rough lawns
• 2 Year WarrantyMSRP - $269          Your Price - $245 all inclusiveOptional grass catchers available - $35.

Easy blade height and cutting gap adjustments allow the NaturCut to handle a variety of lawn conditions better than conventional "contact blade" reel mowers.

        Mind Blowing!!!

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, operating a typical gas lawn mower can be as polluting as running 11 automobiles for the same length of time! They have actually set up an on-line calculator to estimate these emissions:


                                                                                             ---  "Reelistic” Expectations for Push Reel Mowers  ---
As a NaturCut dealer, I answer a lot of questions about the performance of these people-powered lawn cutting machines. It is not unusual for someone to ask “Will they cut just like a power mower?” The answer is that they cut differently. The push reel mower is a gentler option that cuts grass at a rate dictated by the gait of the operator, a human being in tune with a machine. On the other hand,  the power mower utilizes a high RPM engine and a predetermined force to literally tear the blades of grass.. and anything else in its path. While power mowers obviously deliver a lot of rotary energy to the cutting action, this excessive force is usually unnecessary and is always noisy and environmentally undesirable. Reel mowers are better for lawns than rotary-blade power mowers --- that is why large-scale lawn care operations such as golf courses use large reel-type machines pulled by tractors. Rotary power mowers tear the grass and moisten a lawn with the juices, leaving a green residue that can be noticed on the bare feet of children. In long or heavy grass the power mower will also leave behind uneven deposits of grass clumps and trailings. This will not happen with a push reel mower.  Instead, the grass clippings are evenly distributed by a reel mower and therefore easier for your lawn to absorb (a catcher can be used to remove excess clippings if desired).For the homeowner, it is important to realize that the combination of a cheap or worn out push reel mower and an over-grown lawn will always result in disappointment. It is unlikely that the used push mower you paid $50 for at a garage sale will cut an over-grown lawn very well at all. If you expect that type of performance, you need a NaturCut Classic HD and must still be prepared for some resistance if the grass is long and heavy. As a NaturCut owner, you will get the most out of your mower by being open to a variety of simple mowing techniques to suit your particular turf conditions.As someone who has practiced green lawn care for decades, I have developed realistic expectations of the process, the equipment and techniques involved, and the results obtained. The healthiest lawns are regularly reel-mowed, but if a lawn has been ignored for months and is full of weeds and horribly over-grown, then there is work to be done.  The best green lawn care practice is to first prepare the yard for easier mowing. In thick and high “field-like” conditions, this might first involve using a small scythe as a “weed wacker” (this works much like a golf swing!) and then raking off these seed stems and heavy top clippings to make the mower’s job much easier.  In neglected situations, this is helpful regardless of the mower you are using.Once a lawn is being regularly maintained and cut to a proper and consistent length, using a good push reel mower becomes easy. One thing I love about the NaturCut Classic HD is that, compared to other reel mowers, it allows the operator to handle unfriendly lawn conditions and still produce good results. It can be set to cut higher than most push reel mowers (up to 3.5 inches), which is a nice feature when cutting thick and long grasses. The bearing mounted reel literally attacks sparse, tall or thick growth and the independent rear wheels allow the Classic to handle uneven terrain much better than the competitors. The “touchless” blades can also be adjusted for different grasses and weeds, and it is possible to reduce the cutting gap to zero -- the reel blades gently kiss the stationary blade -- which is a useful tweak for cutting dandelions, stems and flattened grasses.The NaturCut Ideal 40 features the same fully tempered blades as the Classic HD and differs mainly in it’s rear wheel assembly -- it has a "segmented roller" there (similar to most brands of reel mowers on the market) -- as compared to the heavy duty wheels of the Classic. The Ideal also has a less robust (but faster) height adjustment system that can be set very low (0.6 inches) or up to a height of 2.75 inches. If you like a tightly manicured "golf green" look and have a nice even turf, then the Ideal is a good model choice. Excellent for lawns that have long stringy grasses that tend to lie down flat and close to the ground. All in all the Ideal is a fine mower that retails at a lower cost than the Classic, also lighter in weigh and very manoeuverable, a great cutter that is suited to smooth, flat urban lawns. Cleaner, safer, quieter.. in this changing age of energy uncertainty, it is my sincere belief that we should not squander our fossil fuel resources on lawn care in the face of greener and more enjoyable options.

                                      Reduce your carbon footprint to an Earth-friendly tip-toe !

The Classic HD (above) and the Ideal 40 (below) showing the differences in rear wheel and height adjustment assemblies. . The Classic has heavy duty adjustable rear wheels (instead of a roller) for more effective use on bumpy or difficult terrain.

.. and finally, if we have somehow failed to convince you that NaturCuts are the best reel mowers that money can buy, we do have a small selection of used models and brands from lawn care days gone by!

Left: "American" brand contact blade mower from the 1990's.

Right: Antique push reel mower of yesterday, brand name unknown.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Lawn, lawn care, Push Reel Mower, Reel Mowers,

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