Category Archives: GARDEN

We Have Spools For American Gardener Trimmer

Yes, People Powered Machines has spools for the American Gardener Trimmer, the Weed Eater, and the WLT 24 Line Trimmer/Edger. The spools are made by Original Power. Also called WRS24 Replacement Spool & Cutting Line. The American Gardener Trimmer is a high powered trimmer which operates from a battery.

Call 978 884 8156 to place your order for the Replacement Spool. Or go to http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/agtrimmer/index.html to place your order. Orders will ship within 24 hours of order placement.

Aztec Walkover Rambler Sprayer’s Additonal Feature

The Aztec Walkover Rambler Sprayer: Our excellent sprayer made by Aztec has a new feature. Normally, the Rambler sprayer comes with the regular two nozzle spray system. But now you can get the Optional Spray Boom. The Rambler Spray Boom is an optional attachment that can be purchased separately. The Walkover part number is W2060.

Walkover Rambler Sprayer - now with 1.5 meter optional boom

Optional Spray Boom: When attached to the sprayer ( a simple changeover, taking the short spray bar off the Walkover Rambler Sprayer & connecting the longer one ) it increases the width of the spray path from 2 to 4 nozzles and sprays in excess of 1.5 metres wide, compared to 90cms on the standard spraybar.

Walkover Sprayers: What we love about the Walkover Sprayers is the exceptionally high quality with which they are made. All parts can be replaced which means your machine will last a very long time. The wheel powers the pump making this a truly people powered machine.

A Smart Cart

The Smart Cart: The Smart Cart is a very versatile and useful people powered machine. It comes in two sizes and many colors and offers four wheel options. The Smart Cart may be used to haul farm supplies, wood, gardening materials, trash, stones, plants and trees. Nearly everyday I use my Smart Cart.

Pans are waterproof and durable.

Smart Cart hauls up to 600 pound EASILY. Frontwards or backwards. Perfectly balanced design.

Two Sizes and multiple wheels: The Smart Cart comes in two sizes, a 7’cubic and a 12’cubic tubs. You can move your cart with flat-free tires or regular tires. Tires come in 20″ spoke or 16″ turf tires.

Smart Cart Warranty: The Smart Cart comes with a five year warranty. Smart Carts are used by Disney World among many others.

Useful Garden Products for Your Fall 2011

It’s time: With summer officially over it’s time to start thinking about the lawn and garden tools that you’ll be needing for the fall. On our website we have a variety of products that will make your life a lot less hectic when the leaves start falling and the kids are heading back to school! Two of our favorite fall tools are the push sweeper and the folding carts.

Push Lawn Sweeper: Hate raking leaves? Then the push lawn sweeper is for you. This sweeper picks up leaves ten times faster than normal raking and puts zero strain on the back. Not only will it rid your lawn of leaves quickly but the sweeper folds away, making it easy to store. The push lawn sweeper has been newly designed for 2010.

Push Lawn Sweeper

Push Lawn Sweeper

LG Bagz-It Folding Cart: This multi-purpose folding cart is perfect for any outdoor tasks year round but especially for fall season raking! The folding cart is perfect for transporting heavy loads and comes in 3 different sizes (residential, commercial, and mini). Each size can be used with or without a leaf bag and is made from tear resistant material.

LG Bagz-It Folding Cart

LG Bagz-It Folding Cart

Grass Stitcher Testimonials

We recently received these three testimonials for the Grass Stitcher. The Grass Stitcher is an excellent tool for reseeding lawns or for planting grass.

“Yes, I bought one, and it works fantastically. I’m very
pleased with the purchase! It’s made very well and
would probably last you a lifetime!”

“This product worked as described. Results were
better than expected.”

“I have back and elbow problems, but the design of
the single Grass Stitcher seemed to be made with me
in mind. It was very comfortable to use. I felt no strain”

American Gardiner YS24 Weed and Grass Trimmer

YS24 Weed and Grass Trimmer: Many folks contact us on how to get parts and batteries for their YS24 American Gardiner Yardstick Trimmers. People Powered Machines has plenty of spools in stock and is shipping.

Parts and Batteries: A way to get parts and batteries for the Yardstick 24v trimmer is to go to:

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Craftsman-Parts/Grass-trimmer-weed-wacker-Parts/Model-74805/0247/1503810/P0209080/00001?blt=06&prst=0&shdMod=74805

You’ll be able to get the parts you want when you go here.

One Recharge Electric Riding Mower Left In Stock

The very popular Recharge Electric Riding Mower: We have one mower left in stock. This popular electric riding mower will mow a lawn of 3 acres on a single charge. Order soon to acquire this machine.

Riding Recharge Mower

Improvements: This year improvements were made to make the Recharge Electric Riding mower even better. Order soon to have your Recharge Electric Riding mower.

Sno Wovel to Sno Wolf

The Sno Wovel has some changes for the upcoming season: First of all it will be called the Sno Wolf. It has been rebranded as the Snow Wolf replacing the Sno Wovel name. It will be important to mention the Sno Wovel in the copy to capture any referrals searching by product name. All the accessories work with either the Sno Wovel or the Snow Wolf.

Handle Change: For the Sno Wolf we have changed from a two piece handle bar to a T shape one piece handle bar. The T shape handle bar gives a more secure attachment to the frame making the handle bar stronger. It also eliminates a couple of assembly steps making it easier for customers to put it together

Tire Change: For this year’s Sno Wolf we have made the pnuematic tire about 1 inch longer to make it easier to attach the tire to the wheel, especially in cold temperatures.

Time to Order: It is never to early to order. In each of the last 4 seasons the Sno Wovel, now the Sno Wolf, has sold out. Sometimes it has sold out in early January with sales doubling from the previous year.

Brill Batteries and Chargers

Brill Batteries and Chargers: As many of you know, we are now rebuilding Brill Batteries. After being rebuilt, the batteries are better than they were when new! We can rebuild the batteries to 2.2 Ah which is what you have or to 3.0 Ah which is 30% more powerful than what you have.

Now Chargers: We can also make new chargers for you, which will charge your battery faster than the Brill charger which came with your battery.

To Order: You can make an order online at peoplepoweredmachines.com to have your battery rebuilt. We’ll process the order and send you the address to which you send your old Brill Battery. Or call 978 884 8156 to order a battery or charger.

Testimonial – Snow Scoop by Snowmaster

Testimonial for the Snow Scoop by Snowmaster: Hello, I just wanted to comment on the quality of your Snowmaster Snow Scoop. I have used this product for several years in my job. When it snows I have to shovel several sidewalks and steps to get children safely to school. The Snow Scoop has really helped me to do this in a fast and less tiring way. Thank you!

Snow Scoop in action

Silent Cut Reel Mower Does a Great Job!

First Spin: I just took my Silent Cut 21″ reel mower out for its first job of mowing my 1/2 acre lawn. Wow, what a beautiful job the Silent Cut push reel mower did. Because its blades are 21″ wide it took quite a bit less time to do.

The Silent Cut Mower

Blade Adjustment: The blade adjustment is done using the elongated brass adjustment nut. You need to adjust the nut on both sides of the mower. Make sure to just adjust the brass piece with a wrench.

Easy to Push: With the weight of the mower I expected it to be difficult to push. But I was happily surprised that once you got the Silent Cut 21″ started it was fairly easy to push. This was the mower which I was recommending for mowing Bermuda and Zoysia grass. Now I’ll recommend it for all grasses.

Brill Rebuilt Batteries Are Popular

Rebuilding Brill Batteries: When we launched this program of rebuilding Brill Batteries we were not sure how popular it would be. These are the batteries used in Brill Accu 38 electric reel mowers, Brill ASM380 reel mowers, and Brill Accu Trimmers. But after two weeks, we can tell it is very popular. So keep those old Brill Batteries – they are worth something.

2.2 Ah or 3.0 Ah: The Brill Battery you have is a 2.2 Ah, and we can rebuild it so it is better than it was when new. Or we can rebuild it to 3.0 Ah which is 30% more powerful and runs 30% longer.

Remember: Don’t throw old Brill Batteries out! We can also rebuild other batteries, just not lithium ion ones.

Old Brill Batteries Are Worth $

Old Brill Batteries: Save your Brill Batteries – they are worth cash. Just contact us and we’ll tell you how. The Brill Batteries are used to power either the ASM380, the Accu Razorcut, or the Brill Trimmer. With our ability to rebuild Brill Batteries to be better than when new – your old batteries have just become valuable.



2.2 AH or 3.0 AH:
Brill Batteries can now be built to either 2.2 AH or 3.0 AH. The 2.2 AH is basically what you first received except our rebuilt are stronger and don’t take as long to recharge. The 3.0 AH is 30% stronger than the new Accu Battery and takes less time to recharge.

So if you have a Brill Battery: Let us know!

Brill and NaturCut Parts

Increase in Parts Orders: One thing we have noticed this year is the greater need for parts for Brill and NaturCut mowers. I’m not sure if it is related to the economy but many more requests for parts are coming in. It could be that folks have had their machines for such a long time that replacement parts are needed. Or it could be that people are in the fix-up mode rather than purchasing a new machine.

Diagram parts list RazorCut Premium 38-78371

Brill Parts: Above is a parts diagram for the Brill Razorcut 38. All the parts have numbers which we need to fulfill your order. We have parts for the Luxus 38, Luxus 33, Razorcut 38, and Razorcut 33. We can also rebuild Accu Batteries so that they are stronger than when new.

Rebuilding Depleted Brill Batteries

Rebuild Brill Batteries: We are very pleased to announce that we can now rebuild Brill Batteries that have lost their charge.

Two Recell Options: We offer two recell options for the 24V Brill packs. They are either our standard capacity 2.2Ah (or 2200mAh if you prefer) nickel-metal hydride (NiMh) cells or 3.0Ah NiMh cells. From what I can glean from the part number on the cells of the Brill pack we serviced last week the OE capacity is 2.0Ah via nickel-cadmium (NiCd) cells.

Two Services: Either one of our services would provide a run-time improvement over the OE pack. Additionally, since we recell the packs using NiMh cells they are more environmentally friendly to manufacture and do not suffer from charge memory effects that NiCd typically do.

The Cells: The cells we use are made to our specifications to be high-drain cells, meaning they are designed to take high loads for a sustained period of time (ours can take a sustained 10X cell capacity load). Basically this means the cells were made for a high-drain use in mind (ie. power tools or in your case lawn mowers which need peak torque output) and are not typical cells which would be used for low power electrical devices (cordless phones, etc.).

Supply of Brill Batteries: As the supply of Brill Batteries has run out, this is great news. Save those old Brill Batteries!

$100 Rebate on Sun-Mar Excel NE ( non – electric )

Rebate offer: We are pleased to offer our customers a $100 rebate when they purchase a Sun-Mar Excel NE composting toilet between June 20th and August 20, 2011. This unit saves water, there is no pollution, and nutrients are recycled.

To Receive This Offer: Send us your name, address, city, phone number, and e-mail address. Please tell us how you heard about the Sun-Mar Excel NE. Where will you use your toilet? Will you use it in a cottage or cabana or camp? What are the main reasons you are buying a Sun-Mar toilet? Is it the most economical way to outfit your space? Or is it to protect the environment?

Grass Catchers for Fiskars Momentum Are In

The Long Awaited Grass Catcher: The Grass Catchers for the Fiskars reel mower are in. These Grass Catchers made for the Fiskars lawnmower are easy to install and simple to use with convenient handle for easy emptying. The Grass catcher can hold up to 1/2 bushel.

UV resistent: The Fiskars Catcher is UV resistent and built to last a long time. The catcher comes with a solid frame. The Fiskars push reel mower features best in class heigth adjustment of 1″ to 4″. The catcher is an easy tool free assembly.

Fiskars Momentum – Blade Sharpening Tips

Fiskars Momentum – Blade sharpening:  Regarding sharpening the blades or the the Fiskars Momentum Push Reel Mower. With further investigation & testing, we are now reversing our opinion re: blade “sharpening”, saying “Fiskars does not recommend sharpening the Momentum™ reel mower. The equipment and processes used in home sharpening kits, and even by many professional sharpeners, will likely not be able to achieve the strict tolerances required to maintain the non-contact nature of the cutting system. In the unlikely event that the blades on a heavily used Momentum™ manual reel mower begin to show signs of dulling, Fiskars recommends backlapping to restore the blade edges.”  To “backlap” the Momentum™ reel mower, an abrasive lapping compound is applied to the blades with a brush and the reel is spun backwards via a special hand crank until the blades are smooth and sharpness is restored. While existing backlapping kits for reel mowers can be modified to work with Momentum™ push reel lawn mower, Fiskars is developing a custom kit that will be available in late 2011 or early 2012. The Fiskars kit will include a hand crank designed specifically for the Momentum™ mower, a lapping compound ideally suited for the Momentum™ mower’s blades, an application brush and clear, easily followed instructions.

Fiskar Momentum Reel Mower

Length of Time Before Sharpening: How long should the mower go before blades need to be sharpened on the Fiskars Momentum reel mower?  They can go years,  do to the non-contact blade system? Under normal usage the blades should remain sharp for the life of the mower.

New Haaga Sweeper Product Line

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  Haaga Sweepers have several exciting NEW models and changes for 2011!!

     Haaga GmbH informed us during our spring meetings at our office a few weeks ago that due to increases manufacturing costs, the weak U.S. dollar compared to the Euro, and increased transportation costs due to rising fuel costs and less Trans-Atlantic carriers we would see price increases.  We recieved the final pricing this week and it will become effective in the U.S. and Canada on June 15th 2011.  Haaga GmbH has agreed to honor all orders at the old pricing up to that point.  The quality innovations Haaga Sweepers  is releasing this year only strengthen our position in the U.S. and Canadian Sweeping Markets.

If you have already submitted an order that was back-ordered due to availability, you will be charged the original quoted pricing.  We realize that some of these orders are over a month old.  We apologize for these delays which were due to production issues of the new Haaga Sweeper models and are out of our control.  These issues have been properly addressed and resolved by Haaga GmbH.

Additionally, we are very excited to announce that we are in the process of re-locating our U.S. Haaga Warehousing facility to Atlanta, GA.  This will be completed late next week and we will be shipping out of this new facility the week following.  All back-ordered sweepers will ship from this new warehouse location.  They have the capacity to handle the increase in volume that we have seen over the past 6 months.  We tripled our U.S. Sales from 2009 to 2010 and anticipate this strong growth to continue.  Haaga will also be releasing New Products in to the U.S. Market.  We will be introducing an electric pressure washer, a hi-power wet/dry vac and a Snow Sweeper (Haaga 970) in the coming months.

We will be sending out a formal Haaga Price Sheet (pdf) later in the week, but wanted to get the pricing to you as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of this profit opportunity.

M.A.P. Pricing – Haaga Sweepers (U.S. & Canada)
*M.A.P. – Minimum Advertised Price  (Haaga will no longer publish MSRP in the U.S. or Canada)

Haaga 200 SERIES
Haaga 250 CleanSweep      – 22″ 2 Brush Manual – $ 299.99
Haaga 255 TopSweep          – 22″ 2 Brush Manual – $ 399.99
Haaga 275 TopSweep  –  DISCONTINUED

Haaga 400 SERIES
Haaga 475 Turbo (476)         – 30″ 3 Brush Manual – $ 699.99      (Note: model number change- Replaces the flagship Haaga 476)
Haaga 477 Profi – (NEW)       – 30″ 3 Brush Manual – $ 999.99       Professional/Industrial Grade – Replaces Haaga 476 Profi
*Newly designed, incorporated dual filter dust control system, and improved dust seals.  All of the original Profi-Line benefits also incorporated into the New Haaga 477!
Haaga 497 Profi                      – 40″ 3 Brush Manual – $1,199.99        (Added self leveling suspension system)
  *The ONLY 40″ Manual Sweeper in the WORLD!  

Haaga 600 SERIES (Battery Powered)
Haaga 677 Electric (NEW)    – 30″ 3 Brush Electric – $1,899.99       – Replaces Haaga 670
*George and I saw this machine for the first time 2 weeks ago and it is fantastic!  There is nothing on the market to compare to!
See Attached PHOTOS. Please Note, the Haaga 477 and 677 feature this Haaga new design!
Haaga 697 MasterSweep     – 40″ 3 Brush Electric – $1,999.99       (Added self leveling suspension system)

More product detail to follow, in addition to re-designed Tri-Fold Literature, a new Large Format Brochure, and a new Haaga DVD.  The HGL website which many of you refer dealers and customers to will also have these updates very soon.

To Get Better Traction a Brill Customer Studded hisTires

To Improve Traction: Here’s how I “studded” my Brill reel mower in order to get enough traction to mow my thick lawn.  I just used finishing nails.  It works great on my Brill push reel lawnmower.

Not Sure What Type of Grass: I don’t know what kind of grass I have.  However, there are several different varieties.  On my south lawn which gets plenty of sun the grass is so dense that I could hardly mow it with my push reel mower particularly when the wheels of my Brill reel mower were slipping even with the cutter depth set at 40 – 45mm. The tool-making part of my brain clicked in, and, voilá, “studs!”

Silent Cut 21″ Mowers Arriving This Week

The very popular Silent Cut 21″: The Silent Cut 21″ reel mower is arriving at our warehouse this week. This reel lawn mower is the best reel manual mower for cutting Bermuda and Zoysia grass.

Six Blades: The Silent Cut features six blades and is personally adjusted before being shipped to the consumer. This push reel lawn mower is an excellent piece of machinery, if taken care of this push reel lawn mower will last a lifetime. The blades can be adjusted from .5″ to 3″ depending on the model you purchase.

The Silent Cut Mower

Additional Features: The Silent Cut 21″ and 18″ reel mowers allow you to purchase a grass catcher and a sharpening kit. It is recommended that you sharpen your blades about once a year.

GreenFox Monthly Update

May has been a busy month here at Greenfox Schools!  In addition to our spring programs and classes, our team has taken part in several events to benefit local students and the environment. We are exited to share with you a bit about the wonderful things we have been a part of this month and the events we have in store!  Read on to find out more!
Greenfox’s Earthfest After Party

Join us this Thursday, May 26 at Kitty O’Sheas where we will hold  our  EarthFest After Party! Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a fun night of friends, drinks, and great raffle prizes, while giving back to the environment & local school children! Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 to expand afterschool programs.
To learn more about this event, click here or visit our event page at http://www.facebook.com/greenfoxschools.
 Earthfest

This past Satuday, May 21st, the Greenfox Team hosted a booth at Boston’s 92.9 Earthfest 2011. The event, which annually attracts over 100,000 people, was a huge success! Greenfox Schools’ Development Coordinators, Tara Fortunato and Kat Parkinson Gaska, organized Greenfox’s participation at the event, and were joined by Greenfox5 Global Fellow, Cece Santos, and Founder, Kristen von Hoffmann. The team was on hand running a seed-planting activity for hundreds of children and visitors who stopped by to check out Greenfox Schools, and the team educated visitors about Greenfox Schools’ educational programming and mission. Children and visitors at our booth planted a variety of organic vegetable seeds in compostable pots, which they decorated and took home to plant.
Fresh Pond Day

Fresh Pond Day was a great success this year at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  On May 7, many people came out to celebrate one of the city’s largest open spaces with nature walks, story telling, and many other activities that celebrated our local environment.

Greenfox Schools ran a booth at Fresh Pond Day and helped with the Adopt-A-Tree program.  In an effort to increase the number of trees in Cambridge, the Adopt-A-Tree program, headed up by Ranger Jean Rogers, gave residents free pine, spruce, and cedar seedlings. Greenfox team members Ashlee Dahlberg, Tara Fortunato, Kristen von Hoffmann, and Audra Burns  handed out trees to residents and talked with children and families about tree care and Greenfox educational programs.

Greenfox at Climate Change Summit

On Saturday, May 23rd, Greenfox Schools was represented at Youth CAN’s annual Climate Change Summit at MIT. The summit brought together students in grades 7-12 and educators of students in grades 7-12 for a day of workshops, entertainment, and a key note address from Colin Beavan, No Impact Man. The special theme of this year’s summit was food, and students were empowered to become educated consumers who understand the importance of their food choices for personal health and the health and sustainability of the larger community.

A Fresh Perspective on Sustainability
Cece Santos, Greenfox5 Global Fellow, has written a recent article for Greenfox Schools entitled, “Urban Sustainability and Society.” Check it our on our blog.  Cece writes about a lecture she recently attended at Boston University’s “Discoveries Lecture Series” on behalf of Greenfox Schools. The lecture was called “We Are What We Eat: Issues of Food Supply,” and Cece writes about Professor Nathan Philip’s take on how to balance industrial food systems with high quality-of-life standards. Her take-home point was the simple question, “do my daily actions help the planet or drain it?” This question, she explains, can help students as well as adults take their first steps towards a sustainable lifestyle.

We hope that you enjoyed our May Newsletter.  Don’t forget to  visit us online at http://www.greenfoxchools.com   to learn more about the organization and to find out how you can get involved. Thank you for your support!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

Testimonial on Great Customer Service

David- Just wanted to let you know the reel mower arrived the end of last week in great shape and the sharpener was delivered yesterday.  The mower handles are staying put.  I appreciate your great customer service…quick response to the problem and your very apparent desire to be sure we like your mower by encouraging us to try it out. Thanks so much. Linda

Grass Catchers for Brill Razorcut 38s and 33s

NaturCut Grass Catchers: Yesterday we wrote about how we thought the NaturCut Universal Grass Catcher would work on Brill Razorcut 38 Reel Lawn mowers. Our man tested the catchers yesterday and found that the NaturCut Grass Catcher works for both the Brill Razorcut 38 and the Brill Razorcut 33! Great news!

Brill Grass Catchers:The US supply of Brill Grass Catchers is running very low and will soon be depleted. We do not expect to have more Brill Grass Catchers this season. So having the NaturCut Grass Catcher fit and work well with the Brill mowers is wonderful news.

NaturCut Grass Catcher

NaturCut Mower with Grass Catcher

Brill Mowers: If you are in the market for a Brill mower and want the Grass Catcher. We have you covered.

Grass Catchers for NaturCut and Brill Razorcut 38

Brill Razorcut 38 Grass Catchers: We have just learned that the US supply of Grass Catchers for the Brill Razorcut 38 will soon run out. That would be a bummer especially with restocking forecasted as taking 6 months.

NaturCut Grass Catchers work with the Brill Razorcut 38: We have made some inquiries and believe that the NaturCut Grass Catcher will also work on the Brill Razorcut 38 Reel Mower. If this is true, this will be great news for the spring and summer seasons.

NaturCut Grass Catcher

NaturCut Mower with Grass Catcher

Brill Razorcut 38 Grass Catcher

More Testing: We will be testing the NaturCut Grass Catchers on the Brill Razorcut 38 soon and will let you know how they fit and work.

A Few Good Things to Know When Using A NaturCut Reel Mower

A Few Good Things to Know When Using a NaturCut Reel Mower:

Depending on the variety of grass and thickness of your lawn, your NaturCut Classic Reel Mower 0r Ideal reel mower may cut perfectly right out of the box. You can fine tune the cut to your lawn by spending less than 10 minutes adjusting the blade gap to enjoy a truly great cut and easy to push mower.

Our simple adjustment method is to turn the blade adjusting bolts clockwise until the bed knife blade just evenly touches the rotating blades. It is entirely possible that 1, 2 or even 3 blades might touch and the others might not- don’t worry about that. (This is, after all, a lawn mower and not a medical device)

NaturCut Ideal 40 Reel Mower

You can use your NaturCut mower with the blades in this ‘minimal-contact’ position in order to cut fine-bladed grass or lawns with dandelions. However, if the NaturCut Push Reel  Mower is hard to push, seizes up or leaves a ‘scalloped’ effect on the grass the gap is probably too tight for your variety of grass. You may then want to try to use the non-contact cutting adjustment.

To cut with the non-contact adjustment, turn the blade bolts equally counter-clockwise, in small increments of 1/8 turn, until the bed knife blade doesn’t touch the rotating blades. Before any further adjusting try cutting your lawn with the NaturCut Push Reel Lawnmower. The mower will probably cut just fine. As above, if the mower is hard to push, seizes up or leaves a ‘scalloped’ effect on the grass the gap is probably still too tight and will require a bit more adjustment. If the mower leaves uncut grass the gap is too wide. Also, once the gap is over about 1/10 mm you will find that the mower will bind with too much grass getting stuck, uncut, in the blade gap (like too many sheets of paper in a shredder). If you get too far out of adjustment it is easiest to start over by getting the blades to evenly touch again.

The trick here is to find the ‘sweet spot’ in the blade gap for your particular variety of grass and circumstance. Always adjust each bolt the same as the other to keep the blades parallel and don’t be a slave to the blade gap gauge that comes with your mower- that is a nominal preset only.

It takes so little time to properly adjust your NaturCut Classic or NaturCut Ideal Reel Mower that it is well worth the effort.

Silent Cut 21″ Mowers Out of Stock – We’ll have more May 20, 2011

The Popular Silent Cut 21″ is out of stock in both configurations. The Silent Cut Small Wheeled version in the 21″ model is out as well. These mowers which cut all grasses but are especially well liked for their handling of Bermuda and Zoysia Grasses.

Silent Cut 18″ are in stock.

The Silent Cut Mower

We are pleased that the Silent Cut 18″ is in stock. Both the regular 18″ and the Silent Cut 18″ with Large Wheels are in stock. We expect to have the 21″ models in both styles in stock the week of May 20, 2011.

42 Ways to Not Make Trash

42 Ways to Not Make Trash

Taking what he learned from his experiment, No Impact Man Colin Beavan offers 42 tips to move toward a zero-waste lifestyle.
by Colin Beavan
posted Apr 22, 2011 in Yes, Magazine

Together with his family, Colin Beavan—aka No Impact Man—spent a year trying to live in the middle of New York City without having a negative impact on the environment. One of his first challenges: getting through everyday life without producing trash. Below are some of his favorite tips and tricks.

  1. Banner of Colin Beavan's Blog

    No soda in cans (which means we’re probably less likely to get cancer from aspartame).

  2. No water in plastic bottles (which means we get to keep our endocrines undisrupted).
  3. No coffee in disposable cups (which means we don’t suffer from the morning sluggishness that comes from overnight caffeine withdrawal).
  4. No throwaway plastic razors and blade cartridges (I’m staging the straightedge razor comeback).
  5. Using non-disposable feminine-hygiene products that aren’t bad for women and are good for the planet.
  6. No Indian food in throwaway takeout tubs.
  7. No Italian food in plastic throwaway tubs.
  8. No Chinese food in plastic throwaway tubs.
  9. Taking our own reusable containers to takeout joints (except that now we’re eating local so this tip is out for us).
  10. Admitting that we sometimes miss Indian, Italian and Chinese takeout.
  11. Hopping on the scale and celebrating the loss of my 20-pound spare tire since I stopped eating bucketsful of Indian, Italian and Chinese takeout.
  12. Buying milk in returnable, reusable glass bottles.
  13. Shopping for honey and pickled veggies and other goods in jars only from merchants who will take back the jars and reuse them.
  14. Returning egg and berry cartons to the vendors at the farmers’ market for reuse.
  15. Using neither paper nor plastic bags and bringing our own reusable bags when grocery shopping.
  16. Canceling our magazine and newspaper subscriptions and reading online (you can still make a donation to support the media organizations you value).
  17. Trash & Tree

    Putting an end to the junk mail tree killing.

  18. Carrying my ultra-cool reusable cup and water bottle (which is a glass jar I diverted from the landfill and got for free).
  19. Carrying reusable cloths for everything from blowing my nose to drying my hands to wrapping up a purchased bagel.
  20. Wiping my hands on my pants instead of using a paper towel when I forget my cloth.
  21. Politely asking restaurant servers to take away paper and plastic napkins, placemats, straws, cups and single-serving containers.
  22. Explaining to servers with a big smile that I am on a make-no-garbage kick.
  23. Leaving servers a big tip for dealing with my obsessive-compulsive, make-no-garbage nonsense, since they can’t take the big smile to the bank.
  24. Pretending McDonalds and Burger King and all their paper and plastic wrappers just don’t exist.
  25. Buying no candy bars, gum, lollypops or ice cream (not even Ben and Jerry’s peanut butter cup) that is individually packaged.
  26. Making my own household cleaners to avoid all the throwaway plastic bottles.
  27. Using baking soda from a recyclable container to brush my teeth.
  28. Using baking soda for a deodorant to avoid the plastic containers that deodorant typically comes in (cheap and works well).
  29. Using baking soda for shampoo to avoid plastic shampoo bottles.
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    Using the plastic bags that other people’s newspapers are delivered in to pick up Frankie the dog’s poop.

  31. Keeping a worm bin to compost our food scraps into nourishment that can be returned to the earth instead of toxins that seep from the landfills.
  32. Switching to real—meaning cloth—diapers which Isabella, before she was potty-trained, liked much better.
  33. Not buying anything disposable.
  34. Not buying anything in packaging (and count the money we save because that means pretty much buy nothing unless it’s second hand).
  35. Shopping for food only from the bulk bins and from the local farmer’s market where food is unpackaged and fresh.
  36. Forgetting about prepackaged, processed food of any description.
  37. Being happy that the result is that we get to eat food instead of chemicals.
  38. Giving our second-hand clothes away to Housing Works or other charities.
  39. Offering products we no longer need on Freecycle instead of throwing them away.
  40. Collecting used paper from other people’s trash and using the other side.
  41. Using old clothes for rags around the apartment instead of paper towels.
  42. Talking with humor about what we’re doing because making a little less trash is a concrete first step everyone can take that leads to more and more environmental consciousness.

New Trimmers in Stock

American Gardener: Our popular American Gardener Trimmer and Edger is out of stock and will not be made in the future. The American Gardener was a fine trimmer and provided good value. The company supported the product very well.

New Trimmers: We are fortunate to be able to bring two new trimmers to the market. Both use the new lithium ion technology for their batteries. The Recharge Lithium Trimmer -Edger is pictured below.

CEL POWERtrimmer: The CEL POWERtrimmer , pictured below, is the other new trimmer we have this season. The lithium-ion battery technology means it will store the charge over the winter months ready for next season’s use. There is no messy petrol or oil to contend with and yet you have all the power you need; even the line feed is automatic, a short amount is dispensed on every start to ensure the full 10” cutting diameter is made.

#3 and #4 from Yes Magazine
Put Money Low on the ListPeople who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, according to researchers Tim Kasser and Richard Ryan. Their findings hold true across nations and cultures. “The more we seek satisfactions in material goods, the less we find them there,” Ryan says. “The satisfaction has a short half-life—it’s very fleeting.” Money-seekers also score lower on tests of vitality and self-actualization.

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Have Meaningful Goals“People who strive for something significant, whether it’s learning a new craft or raising moral children, are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations,” say Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. “As humans, we actually require a sense of meaning to thrive.” Harvard’s resident happiness professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, agrees, “Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.”

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