Hog heaven

I have to figure that neither S. Duncan Black nor Alonzo G. Decker ever imagined that their company would be selling something like this: it resembles an electric drill (which Messrs. B and D invented ninety-odd years ago) in no way except for the fact that it has a power cord.

Still, one of these LawnHogs will be taking up residence at the palatial Surlywood estate as soon as Amazon.com can get it on a truck and into my hot (okay, tepid) little hands. Lowe’s Web site has it for the same price, but Amazon was giving away free shipping, and they claimed to have it in stock; Lowe’s won’t tell you if they have any on hand until you actually push the Add to Cart button. Besides, this gives me more than enough reward points on Amazon’s Visa to get me a $25 gift certificate.

Yes, I have an extension cord. There’s a GFCI-equipped outlet on the front of the house, another just inside the garage, so I’ll have a place to plug in the beast. And I’m sure I can find a use for the approximately 1.2 gallons of gasoline that won’t be going into the old mower.


  1. Dwayne "the canoe guy" »

    3 July 2007 · 8:21 am

    I had one once. It had a handle that would swing back & forth so you didn’t have to turn it around. Also, you had be careful of the cord.

    very careful of the cord.


  2. Dan B »

    3 July 2007 · 10:55 am

    I have one of these.

    First mowing adjustment: The deck height selector will go to the lowest setting with the slightest nudge. Select your preferred height and tie that sucker into place.

    Second mowing adjustment: The blade doesn’t go to the end of the deck. One-fourth of the mower needs to retrace the last pass to ensure an even cut.

    Third mowing adjustment: Instead of mowing in a tightening circle as with most mowers, you will want to go back-forth moving outwards from home to street/fence to keep from running over the cord.

    Fourth mowing adjustment: Make sure your GFCI works because mowing wet grass is a serious hazard if it isn’t working. I got a rough shock back in April because I mowed wet grass with it plugged into a regular outlet. I fell and my hands and feet tingled for 10 minutes.

  3. McGehee »

    3 July 2007 · 12:19 pm

    Make sure your GFCI works because mowing wet grass is a serious hazard if it isn’t working.

    Not just working, but properly polarized.

  4. Scooby214 »

    3 July 2007 · 12:44 pm

    I’ve had one of those mowers for a few years. It was quite easy to get used to the cord.

    I also have a manual push-reel mower. I tend to alternate between the two mowers. I would use the reel mower exclusively to save electricity, but the electric mower keeps the yard looking neater. I do like mowing without using gas. :)

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