Good article! :) I am a non power tool kind of guy. I will not even buy a gas powered mower. There are few things more satisfying than good old fashioned work. Yes, it will take longer but I am not polluting the air with noise and fumes.
Rake. I like hand tools, and hate the noise and fumes! If I had a scythe, I'd probably cut the grass with it.
However, I do use a riding gas mower because the yard is really huge. The JD mower has (rather, had) collector bags but they never worked well so I took them off. The grass clippings must be raked as they are thick enough to spot-kill the grass unless I mowed every 3 days.
I rake and broom them off paved surfaces and just mow over them with my mulching mower. It's like free fertilizer for my lawn! I hate the sound those blowers generate and the stink they create. You can easily get similar results with an air compressor and appropriate attachment. That is how I 'sweep' my driveway and carport for dust/sand accumulation.(my 2 year old has a sand box and he frequently relocates buckets of sand) Probably not feasible for someone with acreage, but good for dense urban settings where noise & air pollution are a bigger concern. Our compressor lines are plumbed into a few spots in the property so I can take the air hose where I need it.
I never imagined myself using a blower… until we moved to a house in a really old neighborhood with lots of 50-100+ foot trees… all deciduous. And we took out all the grass in favor of a very rustic cottage-type garden, with big rocks, dry stream bed, and a lot of plants…
We tried to leave a lot of the leaves alone last year, but come summer, mosquitos enjoyed breeding in them and anything underneath was killed.
The blower is the only way we can keep up with the leaves in the fall. At least it's electric, we never use it during evenings, and… and… well, the yard looks nice, the neighbors love it ;-)