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Ideal lawn mower for an asthmatic?

4698 Views 6 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Heather EC
Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for lawn mowers that would be good for an asthmatic. I feel a little out of place on this forum as up until now I have barely ever had to mow lawns - Dad always did when I was living at home and since moving out I've mainly lived in flats.

The past year and a half I have been living in a share house on a 1/4 acre block (a standard house block here inMelbourne, Australia). However one of my housemates loves mowing the lawn so I have only had to mow it a couple of times. Today was one of those days and it triggered a fairly bad asthma attack. I think this was due to petrol/gas fumes rather than grass as I don't usually have allergic reactions to grass clippings.

My lawn mowing loving housemate and her husband will be moving out towards the end of the year or beginning of next year so I'm going to have to start mowing the lawn a lot more often. Plus I feel lazy not being able to help out more now. She insists she loves mowing the lawn but I feel guilty letting her do all the mowing.

The current lawn mower will go with them. It's pretty old so that may be contributing to the fumes it's releasing. I did some research on electric mowers and they sound great from an allergy point of view, but I'm not sure if they would be suitable for the amount of lawn I have. Are there petrol/gas mowers that are more suitable than others for those with asthma or other lung problems? I'm also prone to chest infections since a bad case of pneumonia a few years ago.
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Hello, Heather, and welcome to the forum. Glad you found us and jumped in.

One question I have about the machine of your housemate. Is it the type that you mix the gas and oil before fueling the engine? If so, those fumes would be much heavier and more pronounced than a newer machine. Would you have a mower shop locally that you could stop by and look at a modern machine? Maybe the proprietor would have a demonstrator that you could try for a few minutes to see if the fumes are much less pronounced.

Electric would be good, if it will hold a big enough charge to mow your lawn. Please let us know how things work out. We wish you the best of luck.
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