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Old 05-17-20, 08:46 AM
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Yard Crew Noise - Residential

Oh how I miss the days when most people cut their own lawn. One low power machine running at a time, might take one person 1.5 hours to do a small residential lawn. With a noise level at a low drone, like listening to boats in the distance on a lake or bay.

All these three person lawn crews with 20 horsepower stand up "ground helicopters", triple air capacity blowers, and double capacity trimmers blast away any semblance of neighborhood quiet. Sure, a three man crew can knock out a small yard in 20 minutes, but the sonic blast overcomes almost any other thing you're trying to listen to.

At least two thirds of the yards around here get this weekly sonic assault. Whether the yard in question needs cutting or not. Sure is hilarious when the crew cuts a yard that never even gets watered. Just the tops of weeds are clipped while a small tornado of a dust storm, kicked up by the "ground helicopter", engulfs the house.
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Just the tops of weeds are clipped while a small tornado of a dust storm, kicked up by the "ground helicopter", engulfs the house.
That’s how they justify the maid service. People are lazy. Very, very lazy. And overly entitled to everything their neighbors have.
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Sitting on the John Deere mowing with a cold beer is something I will always do myself. Like the episode of King Of The Hill where Hank and his cronies were salivating over the latest riding lawnmower. Except mind has aged with a few lower deck rebuilds from hitting roots and rocks.
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Every time they show up, crank up the outdoor speakers with What's New *****cat? 21 times.

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Sitting on the John Deere mowing with a cold beer is something I will always do myself. Like the episode of King Of The Hill where Hank and his cronies were salivating over the latest riding lawnmower. Except mind has aged with a few lower deck rebuilds from hitting roots and rocks.
Don't have a Deere, but I do have a riding mower... and when I get it done, it is done right. I will admit though I do not have the "power" of a 3-5 man crew... so I tend to do raking in a staggered manner... one area each week.
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Come to my apt complex when the professionals "rearrange the dust"

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I found a solution for those that won't mow their own grass, but still want the experience of it all while sitting at their computer.

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So tempting to do this myself.

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Picked up this 50 Volt Ryobi at HD when the floor manager mentioned to a staffer that could they clear this stock at 50% off? and the staffer said “probably “ and I overheard them and said “Sold!”.

It’s absurdly quiet, self propelled with load sensing. Cuts our crazy quilt lawn in two charges. I only need the 26hp lawn tractor for the big field in front. Folds up, stores easy. No gas, oil, etc.





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I had a Craftsman self-propelled mower and a McLane edger. They both went belly-up at about the same time after 15 years of service. I put them to the curb for Juan the Metal Man to take care of.

I have gone to the 18V Ryobi mower and edger. FFS, it's about the size of a toy bobble-blowing mower. Cuter than a bug's ear. It works just fine, is pretty quiet, mows my lawn on 1/2 a charge, and uses the same batteries as the rest of my 'lactical hand tools.
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Meh. Move to the big city a experience a gas company crew jackhammering at 11 pm to fix a leaking lateral.
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Meh. Move to the big city a experience a gas company crew jackhammering at 11 pm to fix a leaking lateral.
I get the same effect when my backyard neighbor has an all night drunkfest pool party. Boomin' bass, and drunken yellin' that turns into drunken fightin'. Weekdays or weekends, doesn't matter. The guy is a long ago divorced middle aged salesman that acts like he's still in college.

We are all on something like 55' x 115' lots. The back of pool party man's house is maybe 60 feet away from the back of my house, but it could be worse.

3 houses away from me laterally is a house that throws larger parties nearly every Sunday* and has a louder sound system. When they crank it up, they noise overcomes what my backyard neighbor is doing.

*Pre-COVID.
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Picked up this 50 Volt Ryobi at HD when the floor manager mentioned to a staffer that could they clear this stock at 50% off? and the staffer said “probably “ and I overheard them and said “Sold!”.

It’s absurdly quiet, self propelled with load sensing. Cuts our crazy quilt lawn in two charges. I only need the 26hp lawn tractor for the big field in front. Folds up, stores easy. No gas, oil, etc.
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I had a Craftsman self-propelled mower and a McLane edger. They both went belly-up at about the same time after 15 years of service. I put them to the curb for Juan the Metal Man to take care of.

I have gone to the 18V Ryobi mower and edger. FFS, it's about the size of a toy bobble-blowing mower. Cuter than a bug's ear. It works just fine, is pretty quiet, mows my lawn on 1/2 a charge, and uses the same batteries as the rest of my 'lactical hand tools.
Once my current set of lawn equipment dies, I'm going to really look into electric. My battery powered tools are mostly Milwaukee. Not sure if they make a lawnmower that would share batteries or not.

Until then, I still have gas powered lawn equipment. I just used the items below this afternoon. Definitely quieter than a "pro" yard crew, especially when used one at a time. The neighbors standing outside across the street carried on a conversation the whole time I was doing the front yard.


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As far back as I can remember (probably the first time I was ordered by my dad to go mow a lawn for nothing) I have always hated the idea of conventional yards, they're just too much work and way way too much noise, just to have your yard look like a second rate version of a golf course in Scotland.

It's ridiculous, but everyone does it. The city of Berkeley CA passed a local ordinance about 30 years ago banning gas-powered leaf blowers (probably the only law they ever passed i agreed with). Can't those useless things at least be electric? Is that so much to ask?

In CA in general, there has been a trend toward planting more drought-hardy natural shrubs and plants, fewer lawns, and more astroturf, which I think is great. I don't think LA people should be wasting so much water on lawns, but i don't live there so I will let them figure out that problem, amongst themselves.
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As far back as I can remember (probably the first time I was ordered by my dad to go mow a lawn for nothing) I have always hated the idea of conventional yards, they're just too much work and way way too much noise, just to have your yard look like a second rate version of a golf course in Scotland.

It's ridiculous, but everyone does it. The city of Berkeley CA passed a local ordinance about 30 years ago banning gas-powered leaf blowers (probably the only law they ever passed i agreed with). Can't those useless things at least be electric? Is that so much to ask?

In CA in general, there has been a trend toward planting more drought-hardy natural shrubs and plants, fewer lawns, and more astroturf, which I think is great. I don't think LA people should be wasting so much water on lawns, but i don't live there so I will let them figure out that problem, amongst themselves.
I want to say I remember reading about the Berkeley blower ban back then.

Here in Southeast Texas we have just enough rain where having a nice looking lawn is in the HOA agreement. I'd rather have green painted concrete.
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The lonely Echo .all ready to blow On 40 to1 .. because I don’t measure it too good. But a dose of Sea Foam fixes it everytime. Lawn equipment rules when ya gotta do that lawn maintenance. yup I know it’s 50 to 1


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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I get the same effect when my backyard neighbor has an all night drunkfest pool party. Boomin' bass, and drunken yellin' that turns into drunken fightin'. Weekdays or weekends, doesn't matter. The guy is a long ago divorced middle aged salesman that acts like he's still in college.

We are all on something like 55' x 115' lots. The back of pool party man's house is maybe 60 feet away from the back of my house, but it could be worse.

3 houses away from me laterally is a house that throws larger parties nearly every Sunday* and has a louder sound system. When they crank it up, they noise overcomes what my backyard neighbor is doing.

*Pre-COVID.
Try 20’ from the front window of your 50x16 lot with row homes on both sides of the block to echo the noise from the jackhammers and compressor. Last week a crew was working up the street. I had a hard time hearing what was being said on a conference call with the phone to my ear. Had to close the window.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Try 20’ from the front window of your 50x16 lot with row homes on both sides of the block to echo the noise from the jackhammers and compressor. Last week a crew was working up the street. I had a hard time hearing what was being said on a conference call with the phone to my ear. Had to close the window.
You can put a home on 50x16?

"Had to close the window." Lololol. (Not laughing at you, that was damn funny )

We don't do open windows here. Mosquitoes, White Wing Doves (stupid creatures), pollen clouds, thunderstorms, humidity, and yard crews.

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You can put a home on 50x16?

"Had to close the window." Lololol.

We don't do open windows here. Mosquitoes, White Wing Doves (stupid creatures), pollen clouds, thunderstorms, humidity, etc.
Why did you have to say the name of that stupid song??? Thank you for that.

This inside of my head for the next 3 days:

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Why did you have to say the name of that stupid song??? Thank you for that.

This inside of my head for the next 3 days:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn8-4tjPxD8
All these years I've heard that song and I never knew Stevie Nicks was singing about friggin' doves.
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Once my current set of lawn equipment dies, I'm going to really look into electric. My battery powered tools are mostly Milwaukee. Not sure if they make a lawnmower that would share batteries or not.

Until then, I still have gas powered lawn equipment. I just used the items below this afternoon. Definitely quieter than a "pro" yard crew, especially when used one at a time. The neighbors standing outside across the street carried on a conversation the whole time I was doing the front yard.


Change the oil regularly in that Honda and use Stihl two stroke oil at 50:1 in the Ryobis and they'll last forever. Use Honda 10W-30 or Briggs and Stratton SAE30 oil in the mower. Not car oil, the additives don't like the higher temperatures of air cooled engines.
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The lonely Echo .all ready to blow On 40 to1 .. because I don’t measure it too good. But a dose of Sea Foam fixes it everytime. Lawn equipment rules when ya gotta do that lawn maintenance. yup I know it’s 50 to 1

I still have my old Ratio Rite from my motorcycle days for blending pre-mix fuel. Hard to use for 1 gallon jugs of gas though. So much oil stays on the walls of the Ratio Rite that the ratio always goes lean on oil.
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Change the oil regularly in that Honda and use Stihl two stroke oil at 50:1 in the Ryobis and they'll last forever. Use Honda 10W-30 or Briggs and Stratton SAE30 oil in the mower. Not car oil, the additives don't like the higher temperatures of air cooled engines.


Already got 5 years on the Honda and hope to get at least another decade out of it. It was a special order birthday present from the wife for my 50th b-day. Special order because no one stocks non-self propelled Honda mowers here. Kinda hard to believe, but such is the North American market I suppose.
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