Monthly Archives: June 2009

Video: Brill Reel Mower Blade and Height Adjustments

Tips on sharpening, oiling, and setting the height of Brill Razorcut Reel Mowers.

Another customer contribution to our blog. Thanks for all your input!

Video: How Reel Mowers Cut down Pollution

Winner of the LiveEarth/MSN video contest! To fight climate change in our backyard, we use a reel mower to cut the grass. I made this video with my 8-year-old son Carrick to show the reasons why …

A customer just sent in this video as the reason why they purchased a reel  mower from us. We couldn’t have said it better (or more charmingly) ourselves!

Google’s Eco-friendly Weed Whackers: Goats!

No…Peoplepoweredmachines is not going into the goat business. But a customer sent us this info and it made our day. And we would rather you rent goats than use a gas powered mower any day.

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They cost the same as a lawnmower and they’ll even throw in their special blend of self-produced fertilizer. Google has found a “low-carbon” way to keep the expansive lawns of its Googleplex trim ::

From Google’s Blog ::
“At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we’ve rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we’re not “kidding”). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

google's goats!

google's goats!

Wonder why goats :: (from california grazing)

Goat grazing is a cost effective, ecologically sound way to clear land and promote growth of native grasses and beneficial plants, particularly for large acreages and difficult terrain. It has been proven to efficiently handle areas that are inaccessible or difficult to manage with mowers, areas where burns are inadvisable, and sensitive areas where the application of herbicides is not appropriate.

Our goats restore plant species that better clean the air, reduce water pollution, prevent the spread of fires, eliminate mower emissions, and fertilize while they graze!

California Grazing provides a grazing management system that not only cuts back on the weeds, but also helps native grasses to survive. The company calls their 800 goats “self propelled weed eaters.”

But Goats aren’t Ideal for Lawns::

Easun Naturcut 4 Minute Adjustment

Naturcut push reel mower

Naturcut push reel mowers

Easun Naturcut Adjustment:
While most of our customers have been pleased with their purchase of this powerful new push reel mower, some have had to make some adjustments due to shipping vibrations loosening a particular part of the mover. If your Easun is making a celebratory clanging sound, this post is for you!

Here’s the Adjustment::
Take off the hub cap. Take off the E-clip with a screw driver. Take off the two washers and take off the wheel. Now you can see a screw which fastens the handle stem. Tighten the screw with a philips head screw driver. Put wheel back, put washers on, put E-clip on, put hub cap back on. If noise persists, do the other side.

Naturcut Reel Mowers are the rebranded Sunlawn Brand Mowers. For more on that, see this post.

3 IPhone Apps Every Eco-Shopper Needs

I’ve had these apps for a while and it just occured to me that not everyone spends hours sorting thru the IPhone App Store…so here you go…my guide to 3 eco-apps I use at least twice a week::

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Monterey Bay Seafood Guide App

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Guide ::
This iPhone application brings the latest Seafood Watch recommendations directly to your iPhone or iPod touch. Now you can make sustainable seafood choices quickly and easily—whether you’re eating at your favorite restaurant or shopping for dinner. And at a time when the world’s oceans are severely overfished, your seafood choices make a big difference. Get the app before you buy another fish! I was very surprised by some of the fish on the no-buy list!

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IRecycle: What and Where you can recycle those #5 plastic things!

Earth 911’s IRecycle App::
Earth911 has put out a neat iPhone app that makes recycling locally super simple, telling you exactly what you can recycle and where to take it when you’re ready to send it off.

From Earth911:

Compatible with both iPhone and iTouch, iRecycle brings you Earth911.com’s national, comprehensive database of over 100,000 recycling and proper disposal locations for over 200 products at the touch of a button. Whether you need to recycle motor oil and CFLs in San Francisco or rechargeable batteries and paint in Washington, DC, iRecycle can connect you with real, local options.

Even when you think you’re eco-savvy, sometimes you still find yourself asking, “Can I recycle this? If so…who takes it?” Kinda cool your phone can now answer that for you. The app tells you not only what and where, but even the hours of operation of the facilities and directions on how to get there. Check out Earth911 for download details. And, it’s free!

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Greenpeace: Stop using old growth forests paper prodcuts!

Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide::
The Guide makes it quick and easy to find out which brands of facial tissues, toilet paper, paper towels, and napkins are truly green and which should be avoided. Our experts have carefully evaluated over 100 brands and recommended those that: contain 100% overall recycled content; contain at least 50% post-consumer recycled content; and are bleached without toxic chlorine compounds.

When you’re doing your grocery shopping or just stopping by the corner store to grab a roll of toilet paper, make an informed decision as both a consumer and someone concerned about the world’s ancient forests. Below is the online version. Above is the Iphone app version. Interesting that CVS paper towels rank above many others.

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