grtechguy
grtechguy SuperDork
6/22/08 8:37 p.m.

I'm so tempted

http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/grd/729007872.html

joey48442
joey48442 Dork
6/22/08 8:42 p.m.

omg that is so sweet...You could store it right next to the Jarts!

Joey

Luke
Luke HalfDork
6/22/08 8:45 p.m.

Rad!

pinchvalve
pinchvalve SuperDork
6/22/08 9:06 p.m.

They used to use those at the summer camp I attended. They had a steep front hill, so they removed the handle and replaced it with long ropes. Then they could stand at the top of the hill and just let it drop and pull it back up.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/22/08 10:28 p.m.
Luke wrote: Rad!

What he said.

Keith
Keith GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/23/08 11:42 a.m.

I've always wondered how well those work. Does it use the blade for lift? And doesn't the "cushion of air" squash the grass down so you don't actually get to cut much of it?

Can you steer it by leaning it into the corners? I'd end up with banked grass :)

Mower on a rope, genius!

wlkelley3
wlkelley3 Reader
6/23/08 11:55 a.m.

That's the first gas powered one I've seen. Used to see electric ones like that with no wheels years ago. I remember that the advertisements for them said something about consistant level cutting and they were supposed to ride on a cushion of air. you can also move them sideways (or any direction) since no wheels to direct direction.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/23/08 12:18 p.m.

For $35, I wish it was closer.

They use them at work on a steep hill; the summer hire kids tie a rope to it and walk along the ridge of the hill, drop it down 22", repeat.

Dan

rob_lewis
rob_lewis GRM+ Memberand New Reader
6/23/08 1:00 p.m.

I think 914Driver and Pinchvalve went to the same summer camp.....

And the company is still around selling a hover version:

http://www.flymo.com/

http://www.flymo.co.uk/node2417.aspx?nid=16702

Just not in the U.S.

Hmmm.. I wonder why.....

-Rob

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