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As others have replied, human propelled is way more reliable. As we age, we need to continue to be active to stay healthy.
Unless you're dealing with multiple acres, keep your feet on the ground and keep pushing that mower. If mowing the lawn tires you out, that's a good sign you need to keep pushing that mower.
66 now.
Sort of fondly remember the days when there were no motors on our mowers.
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Ah yes, remember that a tad. When I lived in Queens, NYC, we had a small lawn and we used a push grass cutter (no motor) ... forgot what we called it then. When we lived on LI, NY, we had a gas powered push mower. Fortunately both lawns were on level ground. Can't imagine the fun it would be when it's not level but that would surely burn calories. Thanks for reminding me !!
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Bronx.
Reel mowers. Most neighbors had steel wheels. We had rubber wheels because the only way into our backyard was through the house.
I mowed the front and back. Not that tiny. I used to do neighbors back lawn for a quarter. As a kid I could never understand what she wanted me to do to the edges of the lawn, she always complained but she paid me anyway.
Those things did not cooperate when the lawn got too tall.
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Or if you hit a twig. But I liked the snickering sound they made as they lopped the grass blades, and the whir or the reel when you stopped forward motion.
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Ah yes.... Reel mowers. That's it and thank you!!! And you are right about the tall grass ....fortunately we didn't have a thick lawn so it wasn't too bad if it got a little tall but I do remember sometimes having difficulty and having to do it 2 or 3 times or changing directions to cut the grass. Oh the memories <grin>.
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I don't mind pushing the mower but my knee sure doesn't agree.

I'll be 60 this year, and while I've seen push mowers, our family has never owned one.
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Sorry to hear it.
If you're lucky, continued pushing or other exercise might cure that knee. My feet and back used to hurt then I started pushing myself harder.
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Don't be silly. Arthritis doesn't get better with use.
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That's what the doctor told me. He x-rayed my back, said he saw mild arthritis and there was nothing he could do.
My feet hurt for years and they had no idea why.
Then I rented an electric jack hammer, built a patio, deck, fence, started running.
Not to make light of your issues. Some things called arthritis don't get better.
I wish it was that simple for everyone. For me, I just had to push myself more.
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A back can be shored up by building muscle. There are no muscles in the knee.

Arthritis doesn't get better. It can be managed but the damage is there. "Management" is not without its risks, either. NSAIDS are hell on the kidneys, heart, and liver.

I can do that but then it pushes back. Not being able to walk puts a crimp in my style (and pocket book).
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On Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:27:32 -0400, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

I've got a bad back but I think it is a nerve or such causing it. Most of the time my back is fine but if I over exercise it or twist it the wrong way, it lets me know I've been a bad boy. I remember once it was so bad I was in bed for 2 or3 days and couldn't walk. I remember just turning on my side in bed was almost unbearable pain. No fun. Thank god that's only happened once or twice.
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On 4/19/2012 11:57 PM, Doug wrote:

You might want to look at the Teeter Inversion Table:
https://www.teetertv.com/?x a
I talked to a back specialist (MD) first and he told me they can work for temporary relive. That was last November, I used it for about 1 week 1/2 mins per day. My back has not felt this good in years. I folded the thing up and next time it hurts I'll do it again. That simple. No drugs. I have degenerative spine disease in the lumbar with 2 herniated disc. Same thing millions of us baby boomers have.
The disclaimer says to talk with a doctor first and I highly recommend it. If you have ankle, knee, uncontrolled hypertension or eye disease it can make it worse.
Another thing to look into is Cymbalta. Apparently it works really well on chronic back pain but also has boocoo side effects.
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On Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:16:08 -0500, gonjah <gonjah.net> wrote:

Appreciate the advice. I don't like to take meds unless I have to and I did have eye surgery for cataracts last year so I would want to check with my eye doctor first. No eye disease tho. I will keep in mind what you said... thank you.
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On 4/20/2012 1:01 AM, Doug wrote:

Maybe because you have had the surgery it wouldn't be as much of a problem. I donno.
Also, you might *try* Cymbalta. It won't mess up your stomach and it's non narcotic. My main concern would be liver function and if you don't have a history of liver problems it might be for you.
Keep in mind, you can use the table anywhere from about 10 degrees to full inversion.
You do feel some pressure in your head (just like when we did handstands as kids) but for me, it went away rapidly as soon as I got upright. My main concern is hypertension. If my BP is high I wait until it's down. I've read the risk of giving yourself self a stroke is slight, but who wants to take that chance? Good luck. It's been a wish come true for me and I've been living with pain for decades. I really wish I had done this decades ago.
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gonjah <gonjah.net> wrote:

Never fails to amaze me all the things cymbalta is used for. Originally developed by folks I know, for urinary study.
Greg
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On 4/20/2012 10:45 PM, gregz wrote:

I'll be damned. :) Powerful drug. Has to be monitored by a physician.
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I just went through a small version of that, though the pain was in my right leg. The issue is usually a problem with the discs in the back compressing on the spinal cord. As noted by another poster, this can often be helped by strengthening the back muscles. At least this helps for a while. Surgery is usually necessary eventually. This is to be avoided at all costs, though.
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On Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:34:26 -0400, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

Very true, but if you stop moving, it will get worse and you have even less movement and more pain.
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Agreed. Gotta do something but following a mower around for three hours isn't it. My AL house (soon to be sold, I hope) is on a little more than 1/4 acre. If I do it at one time, I'll be in pain for a few days after. If I do it in two days, I'm fine. OTOH, the new house is on 1-1/2 acres, about half of it "grass". I did it in three days last week, followed by the AL house over the weekend (five days, about an hour a day) and my knee still hurts. I'll be buying a lawn tractor soon.
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