The USA morning media had a shorter clip of this.
Probably not considered relevant by the media is the fact that this lawnmower did NOT have a grass clips (catching) bag attached to the rear of the mower [perhaps not attached since when it gets to be full it adds some weight to the mower, i. e., mower gets to be harder to push--this did NOT looklike a self-propelled mower (hard to tell)]. FYI for some years now there have been mulching type mowers that clipped the grass so finely (unless the grass is really high) that a clips bag was not needed and the cut grass 'refertilized' the lawn with minimal dead grass visible--these types of lawnmowers are more expensive.
As I see Frank pushing hard on the mower, I am pretty sure it is not self-propelled. I used to have a self-propelled mower, and it needed no pushing
effort, only some steering (unless I needed to pull it backwards while working around irregular edges, vacuum-cleaner style).
I have also owned a self-propelled mower on which the self-propelling feature was broken. It was heavy to push. But, this disadvantage made it cheaper for me to buy, second-hand.
I don't use fuel-powered mowers any more. Corded electric mowers are the best! They start dependably, you don't have to make trips to get fuel for them, they don't have carburetors to varnish up over disuse, you don't have to clean or replace the air filter, you don't have to replace a battery such as for key-ignition gas mowers, you don't have to change the oil. . . .
Re Scholar comments re advantages of an electric (corded) lawn mower [there are battery powered home level lawnmowers as well].
There is one possible exception on the pollution level issues with internal combustion engines versus electrics (FYI: all the motorized lawn mowers that I know about are the 4 cycle type, i. e., you don't add oil to the gas as you MUST do with 2 cycle engines). The exception is the Left Coast state of California. They have their own supposedly strictest in the entire USA emissions standards, i. e., machines like cars sold there are different than the rest of the USA. So it's possible that lawnmowers sold there emit less polutants than electrics.
California, OR should I say Californians, like to thump their chests that they are the most environmentally conscious citizens in the USA. And on paper it would appear they are.
Anecdote: way way back long ago as I drove across the border between Nevada and California, I, and all cars, had to stop at a checkpoint manned by California Agricultural Inspectors--I had never heard of such a thing before. The inspector asked me if I had any food in the car, and I had packed a lunch with an apple; when I responded in the affirmative, and showed him my brown bag lunch, he made me discard the apple on the basis that there could be some bug/blight/whatever in/on it, and his role was to see to it that my apple did not contaminate the CA agricultural crop.
By the way probably thee major reason that electric lawn mowers are not as popular as gas powered ones is an owner's concern that electrics don't have as much 'ump' as a gas powered one when it comes to mowing an overgrown lawn (and especially a wet overgrown lawn).
At some level there is a pubic health issue with shoes/feet accidents getting cut up by the mower blades; it does happen. Wearing work boots (rather than sneakers) seems to be common in mower user manuals. FYI: mowers built in the last 10 years, and probably longer, have a safety bar that has to be held against the push bar as you cut the grass; if you release it the mower motor stops instantly [a few more expensive models will simply stop theblades from spinning].
Ain't Thread Drift Wonderful!!!
It is certainly true that a gas mower with higher horsepower will cut with more force than a corded electric.
I find that mowing more slowly when the grass is especially high or damp does the trick. Of course, this means a little more time for the chore. Better to get the grass before it gets too out-of-control.
I think that a major reason that some people don't like corded electrics is dragging the cord around. The beginner usually finds himself moving it a lot to get it off the grass he plans to mow next.
The experienced person will start mowing near the place where the cord is plugged in, and plan his route so that he is always dragging the cord behind him, over the area that he has mowed. He might find that a pattern like a horse-drawn plow is better than the spiral pattern than many people favor who use gas mowers (especially riding mowers).
There is a plant called "creeping charlie" that was characterized to me as a weed when it appears in lawns. It is a broad leaf plant that stays
close to the ground, and tends to do better than grass under many conditions.
I love it! The more area this plant dominated in my yard, the less I had to mow. I was pleased as it spread.
I also enjoyed clover plants, and violets, for the same reason, and had patches of each.
I think my dad used broad leaf weedkiller from time to time. He also had a gadget that squirted a bit of plant killer right on the weed, through something that was shaped like a cane.
I like a green ground cover, but I don't insist on a golf course lawn. Just keep it nice for walking, without the soil getting tracked in as mud when it rains.
I have used mowers both commercially and privately for most of my life. A good ride on is hard to beat. The cr*p sold to the domestic market is a
"feel good" factor only, I actually found it faster to mow a school oval with push mower that had a 21" deck than it was with a cheap ride on with
a 36" deck. A good ride on would knock the same job over in a couple of hours.
When I could, I would use the ride on to mow my home block which only took me 10 minutes with the push mower. (only 'cause I was already on it after mowing the school - definitely overkill). And, yes, I have owned self propelled push mowers, too. My current mower is a Frankenstein beast made from about three mowers that I had. B&S 4HP motor, solid alloy deck, and an old slasher blade off a ride on.