SHTF lawnmower

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by melbo, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    Hehe... I'm back and busy with a project right now...

    Here's one for you:
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Welcome home. Now, I can't say how others may think, but come SHTF the second last thing I'm going to worry about is a lawn. If it's long, get out the scythe. If it needs trimming short, let the goats and sheep loose. But then, I'm lazy and a radical to boot. :lol:
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Ha! I just went to the hardware store with my friend to buy one of those. No mechanical problems, fuel worries or bagging issues. They love it! They figure it's the last mower they'll ever need.

    Something to be said for the old tried-and-true ways.:cool:
  4. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    I gotta get me one of those.... not much to mow anyway....:rolleyes:
  5. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I can see where you are comeing from on this thought but you may want to reconside especialy dependin on where you are if it happens. Unless you have the means to plow a good swath around your home/retreat then keeping the lawn cut short could be a life saver for 2 reasons. First off would be the obvious that if its 3 or 4 feet tall its easier for others to slip up through useing it as concealment. The other and likely bigger concern would be fire. There likely would no longer be fire departments functioning and especialy any capable of dealing with wild fires. Couple that with refugee city dwellers 'camping' in the woods with camp fires who may not have the sence to controle them, homes not really set up for it trying to heat with wood and cook on open fires and such and wild fires may be a concern even in areas where they dont effect as much at present. If the grass is short fire will very often just die out even if its a little dry and even if it dosent it is a LOT easier to put out than if its a couple feet tall.

    So keeping the lawn cut can help a lot in protecting your home and supplies from fire. Even better if its an option would be to plow a path around the house out a ways as a fire break but this isnt likely to be a quick option for most and the short grass helps a lot as a fire break anyhow. Just my thoughts for what I have learned by burning off the fields here and haveing to keep the contained while burning a couple acres at a time.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Points well taken. I'll turn out the sheep to save mower gas pretty soon after the "incident" and never mind the scythe after initially getting a field of fire arranged.
  7. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Couldn't help but think of the "tactical wheelbarrow" when I saw the title ;)
  8. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I wonder what other crazy ideas he is cooking up while he is in prison now?
  9. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Pirate Biker

    We had one of those when I was a kid, hated it. If it gets so bad I ever had to go back to that, I'd just let it grow. No thanks, leave me out.
  10. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

  11. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    I remember one, too. It was alright unless the St.Augustine got too high, them you just couldn't push it.
  12. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    SHTF lawn mower
  13. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    SHTF lawn mower
  14. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yeah, as long as you have a way to set up firebreaks around the area to be 'mowed' then the zipo dose work well.
  15. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Some more I'll have to add to my list of things to get. A mower like that will come in handy. The zippo for sure and the big lawn mower is just fine. :D
  16. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I hear he is pitching his own show to the cartoon network. :D
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  17. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    That is beautiful! Wonder where you can get them?
  18. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

    Gentlemen, a true SHTF lawnmower looks nothing like what has been posted thus far.

    A truly effective SHTF lawnmower looks more like this (SFW).

    If you're not using something like that to keep your lawn tidy, then you need to replace your lawn with something that will feed your family. I suggest considering buckwheat and getting a small flour mill.
  19. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Hmmm I always thought a true SHTF lawnmower was whatever worked. Be it zippo, sheep, goat, cow, push mower or riding mower. I will admit that the sheep do let you get wool off of them, however, I absolutly hate eating mutton. So I guess for me the cow or push mower is more of a option.
    The zippo is a good idea for the area a tad further out say around 100-200yrds. But thats just my opinion and what works for me may not for you.
    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  20. yonder

    yonder No Despot's Servant

    Well my point is that in a post-SHTF world, meaning prolonged SHTF like the Road Warrior or Postman or whatever, you can't have a lawn for the sake of having a lawn. It's very wasteful of resources now. It is for all intents and purposes a parasite that consumes resources and gives nothing back.

    When resources become finite, it will become important for the lawn to give something back.

    Sheep take in grass, and put out meat, milk, wool, bones, fertilizer, etc.

    A pushmower just takes up your time and energy and gives you nothing back. Don't say "exercise" because after SHTF, you will get plenty of that without the mower.
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