Are you interested in a powered reel mower, or a manual mower? I have had
good success with the standard 18" manual unit I purchaed at Home Depot.
Never refuses to start, no need to go out and get fuel, no bagger, you can
cut any time of day without bothering the neighbors, etc. A perfect
solution if you can cut your grass more often than you'd need to with a
powered mower. That is the big disadvantage to a manual reel mower - if the
grass gets tall, you're outta luck.
I found one of the 18" models of these at a yard sale and would buy it
but depending on where you are, you should call them and ask about
shipping cost. It may be prohibitive.
I've been wondering about good reel mowers too. I've been using a
5-blade Craftsman for many years. It's OK but has shortcomings.
I was just about to buy an electric rotary, but with their drawbacks,
I'm considering a better reel mower.
better mowers don't have scissors-like contact between the blade and
whatever the blade has contact with. Apparently this lack of contact
makes Brill mowers easier to push, and need little sharpening. Quieter
too, not that noise is an issue either way.
I also see Mclane mowers that have the reel as wide as the wheel width,
which should eliminate the annoying "can't mow near the edges" feature
of reel mowers. But a review I read talked of needing to sharpen it.
See the bottom mower on this page. They only seem to have photos of the
Will a good reel mower cut the type of grass that doesn't grow
vertically? Mine doesn't do it very well.
Will it cut stalks that shoot up from the lawn? Mine won't.
Anybody here have sucess with difficult grass with a reel mower?
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