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Quality Putting Green Reel Mower for 1/5th the Price

Hudson Star Classic Greensmower

In the 14 years we have been in business, we regularly receive requests for the best home putting green reel mower. After looking at the few that are in the reasonable to low end of the market, we have finally bit the bullet and added greens-type reel mowers to our line. The Hudson Star Mower we added is the higher end manual push version, the Hudson Classic Cut. This is a really high quality machine, 11 blades, designed for longevity and ease of use. Others we looked at had hard to change mowing heights, were heavier, or felt cheap. Compared to other greens mowers that can cost $10,000 or more, this putting green reel mower is very affordable. Remember, standard home reel mowers do not cut low enough, and do not have enough blades to cut finely enough for a putting green.

The Classic-Cut Series:
The classic cut reel mower is designed to allow home greens owners to experience the same professional golf course quality greens care enjoyed by professionals. Due to its unique design and exacting manufactured standards, the Classic Cut Mower is used by golf course professionals to help solve those “difficult” mowing problems such as soft, sensitive, or newly seeded greens, inaccessible tees, restricted or hard to cut fringes, noise sensitive areas, or simply to obtain that “final touch” “manicured” look.

Look at all those Blades!

Look at all those Blades!

Features

  • 11 Blade Computer Balanced Reel.
  • 16″ Cut Width.
  • 3-4 Cuts Per Inch (minimum).
  • 1/8″ to 3/4″ Infinite Cut Height Adjustment.

The Classic Cut Mower is lightweight, rugged, quiet, easily adjustable and maintenance free. It is the perfect tool for the time sensitive enthusiast who just wants to relax and spend their time improving their game.

The Brill Battery and Brill Charger

Brill Batteries: We are very happy to say that we can rebuild Brill batteries better than when they were new. Our customers have been very pleased with the service.

Old Brill Batteries: If you have an old Brill Battery and do not want it, please contact us. We’ll buy it for $10 and have it rebuilt. Please let us know if you have a battery which we can buy.



Brill Chargers:
We can now say that we have a charger for the Brill battery which is better than the charger Brill sold. It charges more quickly and does not over heat.

There are two options when rebuilding your battery. We can rebuild the battery to 2.2 Ah which is exactly what you have. Or we can rebuild to 3.0 Ah which is 30% more powerful than what you have. These rebuilt batteries will last longer and charge more quickly.

$50 OFF On Sun-Mar 400 Continuous Composter

Sun-Mar 400: The Sun-Mar 400 has been a reliable leader in large composting units. Made of heavy duty plastic, the Sun-Mar 400 is built to last.

People Powered Machines: For the month of August, People Powered Machines is offering $50 off when you purchase a Sun-Mar 400 Continuous Composter. This is a great way to begin composting.

Things You Can Compost:
From the Kitchen

Coffee grounds and filters, these are excellent
Tea bags
Used paper napkins
Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
Plain cooked pasta
Plain cooked rice
Stale bread
Paper towel rolls
Stale saltine crackers
Cereal
Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)
Cellophane bags (be sure it’s really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there’s a difference.)
Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
Old herbs and spices
Stale pretzels
Pizza crusts
Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
Wine corks
Moldy cheese
Melted ice cream
Old jelly, jam, or preserves
Stale beer and wine
Paper egg cartons
Toothpicks
Bamboo skewers
Paper cupcake or muffin cups

From the Bathroom

Used facial tissues
Hair from your hairbrush
Toilet paper rolls
Old loofahs
Nail clippings
Urine
100% Cotton cotton balls
Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks

Personal Items

It might be a good idea to bury these items in your pile. Just sayin’.

Cardboard tampon applicators
Latex condoms

From the Laundry Room

Dryer lint
Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

From the Office

Bills and other documents you’ve shredded
Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
Pencil shavings
Sticky notes
Business cards (as long as they’re not glossy)
Receipts

Around the House

Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
Subscription cards from magazines
Leaves trimmed from houseplants
Dead houseplants and their soil
Flowers from floral arrangements
Natural potpourri
Used matches
Ashes from the fireplace, barbecue grill, or outdoor fire pit

Party and Holiday Supplies

Wrapping paper rolls
Paper table cloths
Crepe paper streamers
Latex balloons
Raffia
Excelsior
Jack o’ Lanterns
Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor
Natural holiday wreaths
Your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one…)
Evergreen garlands

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.

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.

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.

Greenfox’s April Newsletter

Greetings!

Welcome to the April edition of the Greenfox Newsletter.  Spring has sprung and the Greenfox Team is hard at work connecting with communities, working with students, and perpetuating our mission for a greener future.  Read on to find out more about our latest projects  and upcoming events!
 Greenfox at Earthfest
Greenfox will host a table at this year’s EarthFest on the promenade in Boston. Earthfest is a free event hosted by Radio 92.9 offering live music from popular bands, countless vendor tables presenting educational displays, exhibits, food and product samples, as well as kid-friendly activities, including the Kid’s Planet Stage. Greenfox Schools will be sponsoring a table for the day and have several craft projects to entertain your kids while educating them on the environment.

Join us May 21st for a fun-filled and family-friendly day of activities. Then, celebrate the start of summer the following Thursday at Kitty O’Sheas, where we will hold  our own EarthFest party! Click here for more info on these two exciting events.
 The Great Outdoors

Cambridge Greenfox students have spent time outdoors this month exploring the Greenspace right in their back yards.  The students  watched New England come to life, observing bugs, planting seeds, learning about trees that are native to the area, and preparing for Fresh Pond Day.

Fresh Pond Day is an event on Sunday, May 7 at the Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge, MA.  All are invited to enjoy and explore this wonderful natural space, rain or shine.  The event includes story telling, nature walks, scavenger hunts, and much more.  Greenfox Schools will be at Fresh Pond Day helping people pot trees to take home to grow.  For more information on the event, click here.
Simply Sustainable

In an informative and fresh approach to describing the word “sustainability,” Kristen von Hoffmann, Founder and Chair, writes about sustainability and the role of sustainability in education. Click here to read the article in full, and to see pictures of Greenfox Schools programming, activities, and students.

We hope that you enjoyed our April 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!

All the best,

Ashlee

Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director
amd@greenfoxschools.com

Removing E-Ring on Silent Cut Reel Mowers

From Time to Time: We are asked about removing the E-Ring on the Silent Cut Reel Mower. To do so, you need a pair of pliers. Pry the e-ring off horizontally by pushing away from the axle against the closed side of the e-ring using a standard flat head screw driver. Try putting a drop of oil or grease on it or spraying it with WD40 to make it easier. If you damage or lose the e-ring we will send you another one at no cost.

To Replace the E-Ring:

The Silent Cut Mower

Replace the e-ring on the Silent Cut Reel Mower by using a large pair of needle-nose pliers. Line the e-ring up in front of the groove. Open the pliers and place one side on the closed side of the e-ring and the other side of the pliers against the far side of the axle. Then close the pliers, snapping the e-ring into place in the groove. It may take a little practice but is fairly easy to do.
Let us know if you need more assistance.

#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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Women and Wheelbarrows – Welcome The Smart Cart

Women and Wheelbarrows: In my time I can’t recall women using wheelbarrows, well maybe I can remember my mom using one once or twice, but not often. Yet, I have seen the Smart Cart used on a daily basis by my wife and daughter.

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

Great for the horse: My daughter, Rose, found the Smart Cart very useful when she would take care of her pony, Meeko. She would use the cart to take hay and food to the horse shed. And she would use the cart when she mucked out the stall.

Gardening and Weeding: My wife’s use usually revolves around gardening. The Smart Cart is perfect for transporting plants from the car to the flower beds. Carrying mulch from the car to the beds. Weeding a bed and transferring the weeds to the compost heap.

No Question: So if you want to provide an easy way for women to move material, I recommend the Smart Cart. It will get used more than you can imagine. No question about it.


 

Everyday Garden Tool Cart

Vertex Garden Cart:

The Vertex Garden Cart: is a wonderful tool holder, organizer, carrier. My Vertex Garden Cart holds shovels, two rakes, a hoe, a weeder, a broom, ice pick, pitch fork, 3 types of garden and pruning shears, trowels and more.

When Gardening: The Vertex Garden Cart easily rolls to your garden where you have all the tools you need. Everyone has experienced starting to work and then needing one or two more tools. And then having to return to the garage and get that necessary tool. With the Garden Cart, just make sure you have the tools on your cart before leaving your garage, and you are set for your gardening experience of the day.

Extra Space: The Garden Cart has space for small tools in the apron where many tools such as a trowel can be placed. And there is a rack at the bottom where you can add plants or compost to the cart.

Best feature: What I like best about the cart is that the tools stay in the same place year round. No more stacking up against a wall or hanging in their places. My tools stay in the cart year round. I always know where they are.

Best, Lightest Push Reel Mower

Best, Lightest Push Reel Mower: We are often asked what is the best and lightest push reel  mower. Our answer has been the same for 15 years. It is the Brill Razorcut 38. The Brill Razorcut 38 weighs in at just under 17 pounds, making it the lightest mower available. The blades are flame hardened and are set to miss the bedknife by .05mm.

Brill Mowers: All Brill mowers come with a gap setting gauge. When your mower arrives you do not need to do anything but store the gauge with the manual. Each year before you begin mowing, use the gauge to reset the gap between the reel blades and the bedknife.

Brill Razorcut 33: Brill makes even a lighter mower with its Brill Razorcut 33. This mower is identical to the 38 but its blades are 33 cm. wide compared to the 38 cm. blades of the Razorcut 38. The Razorcut 33 weighs in at under 16 pounds.

Weight Debate: There is some debate on which is easier to use, a light or heavy mower. I have used both. The cutting experience is different. A heavier mower, like the Fiskars Momentum, is better for cutting grass which is high. A lighter mower, like the Brill or NaturCut, is easier to use for maintaining your lawn. All Mowers: All mowers mentioned in this blog offer a grass catcher.

You Can Add a 1.5 Meter Spray Boom to your Walkover Rambler

1.5 Meter Spray Boom: The Aztec Walkover Company based in the UK now offers an optional spray boom for those folks who have a Walkover Rambler Sprayer. The Boom is 1.5 meters long and uses four nozzles. This greatly increases the width that the Rambler can cover.

Walkover Rambler Sprayer - now with 1.5 meter optional boom

The Rambler: The Rambler is constructed much like a typical wheelbarrow. The pump is powered by the moving wheel. When you move, the Rambler is ready to spray. The Walkover Sprayers are acknowledged to be the best sprayer available. All parts are replaceable. Great for anyone who maintains turf.

Tips for Tuning up Your Reel Mower

Spring is here: And it’s time to tune up your reel mower. First check to be sure all nuts are tight and that the handle is secure. Spray some silicone spray on the blades and wipe clean after spraying.

Blade Adjustment: Brill and NaturCut mowers use an adjustment gauge which sets the gap properly between the reel blades and bedknife. Turn the mower over and put the gauge between the reel blades and the bedknife on one side. With a 10 mm wrench gently tighten the nut about a 1/4 turn. Do the same to the other side. Blade should just barely miss the bedknife when it spins. If there is a slight contact that is fine.

The Silent Cut Mower

Silent Cut and Fiskars: Silent Cut mowers and Fiskars Momentum use a slightly different system. Consult the manual and follow the adjustment directions.

Silicone Spray: To take excellent care of your mower, we recommend spraying the blades with silicone spray before each mowing. And we recommend wiping the blades clean with a rag after each mowing. This keeps the mower clean and helps it run well longer.

Clean, Green Fun at City’s Schools



News : Education Mar 18, 2011 – 9:57 AM

Clean, green fun at city schools

By Mayor’s office, city of Stamford

Mayor Michael Pavia is announcing the rollout of the “RolyPig” composter to Springdale Elementary School. The Solid Waste and Recycling Department has purchased six RolyPig composters, which will be used at six schools to compost organic food waste. This program will begin at Springdale School with the help of Mayor Pavia, Recycling Supervisor, Dan Colleluori and Phys Ed Instructor, Jeff Gruetzner, on Thursday, March 24th at 12 noon at the school.

Students and Staff from the school, along with Chartwells Food Services (the company that supplies the cafeteria food) will all be working together to “feed” the pig. The compost generated will go into the school’s gardens.

‘The RolyPig composter is a fun and easy way for our school children to take the kitchen and food waste at school and turn it into compost. It offers an interactive opportunity to participate in yet another level of recycling,” shared Mayor Michael Pavia.

After about 12-15 weeks of feeding and rolling, the RolyPig compost will be ready for the garden. Additional schools slated to receive the RolyPig are Dolan and Cloonan Middle Schools, and the International School at Rogers Magnet.

It is anticipated that continued recycling education will help make Stamford a greener environment, while helping reduce our waste removal costs.

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Great new price on NaturCut Ideal Lawn Mower

New Price: People Powered Machines has lowered its price on the popular NaturCut Ideal Lawn Mower. This reel mower is now for sale at $185.00. If you have been sitting on the fence, this is a great time to buy.

NaturCut Ideal: The NaturCut Ideal cuts from .6″ to 2.75″ and mows a 16″ swath. It is powered with 10″ wheels and cuts with 5 flame hardened reel blades. The Ideal utilizes the non-contact cutting system which means the blades stay sharp much longer than mowers which use the contact cutting system. Estimated blade life for the Ideal is 8-10 years.

NaturCut Ideal 40

Two Year Warranty: The Ideal comes with a two year warranty and using a Grass Catcher is an option with this mower.