Well, it’s done. I bought a lawn mower or to be more correct a lawn tractor. If one is fool enough to buy a house with an acre of grass, then, that fool needs a lawn mower. I had one, a small electric mower that was perfect for my last house, but this lawn just mocked it. You could see the grass just shaking with laughter. With much grumbling and whining, I broke down and bought a bigger mower which I wouldn’t have done if the grass wasn’t higher than the dogs are tall. It was delivered first thing this morning along with the utility cart that came free with the purchase.
Now I am sitting here reading the operating manual and am amazed at the things companies are required to tell you obviously to protect themselves from lawsuits despite the fact that there are warning labels slapped everywhere on the machine. Things like do not operate in an enclosed area due to carbon monoxide emissions, don’t operate when children or pets are nearby, and look behind you before moving in reverse. But the best one is don’t put your hands or feet underneath the mowing deck until the blades stop moving. There is even a CD included regarding safety. What happened to common sense?
Then, there is the technical terminology they use. Some of them are simple like brake/clutch pedal or key switch, but others are much more esoteric, for example, RIO short for reverse implement option switch. What the heck is that? Hopefully, they will tell me further on in the manual. For now, I’m wondering why I didn’t get the model with cruise control. I love cruise control on a car. Now I’ve found the RIO information which explains that this switch allows you to mow while moving in reverse. Maybe one day, I should confuse the neighbors and mow my grass only in reverse.
Manufacturers have added a wash port which I think is cool. All you have to do is attach a hose and with the blades turning, it will wash the grass and debris off the blades. That way the mower never drops grass in the garage. Nice! Moving from the sublime to the next page, I see that after using for eight hours the oil needs to be changed which brings up the question of how to drain the oil and, then, dispose of it. They have rules about oil disposal now. Then, there are oil filters and air filters to be changed out after more use. It’s a good thing I came home with the oil and oil filter.
The manual is now read and I’m about to exit the house to see if I can manage to fill the gas tank, check the battery to make sure it’s all set, hop on the mower and see if I can get it started. After engaging all the levers and observing all safety regulations, maybe the grass will get mowed. That was the object of all this in the first place.