Chicago (AP) Powerful, loud mowers have been grooming lawns for decades. But manual lawn makers are quietly, really quietly, coming back.
Teri McClain of American Lawn Mower Company estimates 350,000 manual mowers are sold in the U.S. each year. That's much smaller than sales of gas-powered walk-behind mowers, but McClain says it's seven times annual sales in the 1980s.
Buyers and sellers credit the rise mostly to growing environmental concerns and more women doing the mowing.
Terry Jarvis of Sunlawn inc. in Fort Collins says his company noticed two out of three people buying manual mowers are female.
He says women seem to like the simplicity of the machines and the fact that they can get exercise using them.