Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lawn Tractors on Steroids

I read an interesting article about how Honda has created the world's fastest lawn tractor. Coming in at 116.57 MPH, this Honda is equipped with a motorcycle engine and it is called the "Mean Mower.

Really?

Why do I need a lawn tractor that can go in excess of 116 MPH. The Snapper runner up did over 96 MPH. Still too fast for my yard. I wonder how the blades stay on and how much damage they would do to the the surround structures and even people if they did fly off the tractor.

I also wonder how it corners around a tree at 116 MPH? I bet it rolls over multiple times.

I'm happy with my Sears tractor that maybe does 8 MPH. I rarely go that fast. Driving too much faster would make mowing much too exciting.

I'm glad Honda was able to construct a lawn tractor with a high top speed, but I don't think it would sell very well. I wonder how log the engine and transmission would last at those speeds?

Lawn mowing should be enjoyed. There is something intoxicating about the smell of fresh mowed grass. I can't wait to do my first mowing this season. As soon as the ground dries I will be out there with my tractor making tracks on my lawn.

Tim the Toolman would be proud of Honda if he survived using such a beast, but he might be the only one. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD


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