# This dad's lawn-mowing hack is both hilarious and genius

Originally published at: This dad's lawn-mowing hack is both hilarious and genius | Boing Boing

6 Likes

Work smarter, not harder

10 Likes

He learned that from the crop circle aliens.

12 Likes

For maximum efficiency, the circumference of the pole should be equal to (or, for a margin, a bit less than) the cutting diameter of the mower. For a 22" mower blade this means the diameter of the pole should be less than 22/pi ~= 7 inches. (Hey! Which is the inverse of that pi approximation that everyone learns!)

7 Likes

I don’t have an instagram account, so I don’t know if this is the same video or just a similar one.

5 Likes

I know I’ve seen this on a cartoon, just wish I could remember which one.

6 Likes

Pin cannot be to thick

Why not? Don’t you want to be sure not to overlap the pathing too much, to save time and gasoline?

5 Likes

Yeah, when I saw the post’s title, this is exactly the “hack” that came to mind.

I guess at some point, everything old is new again!

7 Likes

This Shaun the Sheep episode has a sequence very much like that, but with a goat. (The goat’s name is "Mower Mouth )

11 Likes

If you know where to look on Google Earth, you can find, on the beautiful rolling chalk hills of the Wiltshire Downs, a handsome woodland just nearing maturity. Acres of conifers mixed with beech and birch, elm and sycamore. All overgrown with wildflowers, with a sunny clearing at the centre.

It looks quite natural. But, if you’re able to observe from a sufficiently elevated viewpoint, you’d see the shape of a perfect spiral. You could probably work out exactly where the drum barrel stood, and where the rope was attached.

My dad was a brilliant guy.

9 Likes

This is exactly how we used to make crop circles in the 1990s with two people and a rope. One person is the post, the other is the mower.

4 Likes

Cool! Sounds like something to memorialize worth a drone pic.

4 Likes

I got this from a book I read as a kid. Danny Dunn, or Encyclopedia Brown, or something.

6 Likes

Yup, I once bought twenty years of old Popular Mechanics at a garage sale. Identical concept shown back in the 1960s. BTW, sometimes the lawnmower goes rogue and takes off at an angle…

4 Likes

I remember seeing that when it was new, mid-60s I think. Never could talk Dad into it, though – he had shelled out for a riding mower, and intended to get full value out of it.

2 Likes

Alvin Fernald, who was the central character in a lot of great books by Clifford B. Hicks, did this.

There was even a Disney film about Alvin that included this hack.

3 Likes

I tied up a go trigger… but did not go as straight as one would hope…

1 Like
3 Likes

Yeah - fine for those lazy enough to buy self-propelled mowers in the first place…

1 Like

Let the cat drive.

3 Likes