New Spin on Lawn Mowing – Amish-Style

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How do you cut your lawn? Most of us use a gas power mower of some sort – usually a walk-behind version. Maybe you have a self-propelled walk-behind mower. Many also use riding lawn mowers.

Amish woman mowing her lawn.

Amish woman mowing her lawn.

Generally, the Amish use the old push mowers. You know, the reel mowers that do not have an engine. They are quiet, and they have less mechanics to break down. As one website describes them, they are “Fume-free, Noise-free, Hassle-free”. They are environmentally friendly – tree huggers love ‘em.

So do the Amish. That’s the kind of lawn mower you’ll usually see when you drive past an Amish home. Often it’s either the mother or one of the older children who have the responsibility for cutting the grass at an Amish home. (Notice this woman is cutting the lawn in her bare feet.)

Well, we have seen a new spin on Amish lawn mowers. This version combines modern technology (an engine) with old-world muscle power – it’s pulled by a horse. Now that’s a lawn mower with horsepower!

 

Horse-drawn Amish lawn mower.

Horse-drawn Amish lawn mower.

What creative innovations have you seen by the Amish?  What questions does this raise?  Tell us how we can help.

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