Bent grass is a kind of grass. It's usually the only grass  that's cut
with a reel mower. Using a reel mower on any of the more coarse grasses
will usually result in a cut you may not be happy with, as well as be much
harder on the knives, requiring sharpening more often. I suppose I should
have posed the question, "Why do you want a reel mower?".
. It's not *the* only grass that can be cut with a reel mower, but reels
are more suited to bents than other types of grass.
I see....didn't know that. Thanks!
My current gas powered mower is on its last legs. and
I "think" my lawn is actually small enough it could be
done with human power anyway
Plus I want something easy enough to haul in a car to
cemetery to mow around some graves
I'm not saying that you couldn't use a reel mower, you certainly could. I'm
not sure you'd like it, tho. New mowers are much more lightweight than the
older ones were. You may be able to find a manageable power mower for what
you wish to use it for. g/l
-I started out with nothing... I still have most of it.
I have a reel mower, which was great when I was cutting a relatively small
hybrid Bermuda lawn (about 4,000 sf). Reel mowers are also very good for
bentgrass and zoysia lawns which are other species that are happy at low
heights. My experience is that reel mowers have a tough time with Fescue
and other grasses which are typically mowed at 2" tall or higher. In
addition, it is misery using a reel mower to cut a lawn if you let the grass
get too tall. The mower bogs down and gouges the lawn, giving a washboard
effect. This means you need to mow fairly often.
The bottom line for me is that a <manual> reel mower is great for a smaller
lawn IF the grass is a species that tolerates relatively low mowing and IF
you have the time to cut the lawn more frequently than you'd cut it with a
Now that I've got 12,000 sf of zoysia and another 3-4,000 sf of a
bermuda/fescue/weed mix, and about 1,000 sf of fescue, the reel mower is in
storage and I use a powered rotary push mower.
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