I still have a "reel" mower like was discussed. It is about 35 years old, and
runs like a top. I think there would be safety concerns with the open spinning
blades, and they take a person who know what he is doing to sharpen them. They
also don't mulch, so there is more visible grass, and they don't work very well
with long grass, nor do they grind up dandelions. They do cut very nice
though, and are very easy to turn. I use to be able to operate it at full
throttle all the time, but it must have gotten faster, because I can't do that
firstname.lastname@example.org (Charlie Self) wrote in message
I used to hate mowing but I now see it as a great way to exercise and
get something done at the same time. At my weight, using a reel mower,
I burn about 400 calories/hour, which is about the time it takes to
mow my lawn. This translates into a couple of bottles of fine Czech
beer which I consume during my cool down period. (Brill's website has
a chart showing calorie burn while mowing.)
I just bought a Gardena 6000SM reel mower. It appears to be a Brill
Luxus 38, but with the handle from the one of Brill's Classic line.
Beats me. Cost me $219 CDN at Home Depot.
It kicks butt, and flings grass everywhere if you hit it at a good
clip; it was coming up to my waist! It had also just finished
raining. Yes, I know they say not to cut in the rain but read on.
My grass had to be something like 17cm in places with an average of
15cm. My grass is nice and healthy and thick, and covers
approximately 1200 sq/ft. It's true that the max height is 45mm (1
3/4 in?), but my neighbours (I live in townhouse) just cut their grass
with rotary mowers and when I had finished the height looked to be
pretty much the same. I used 45mm for this run. It's worth mentioning
that the manual says that it'll handle 14cm grass. I didn't have a
_hard_ time but it definitely needed some effort. There is a bit of a
trick to it. Basically, don't let the handle rest on it's stops when
pushing, bring the bar up till it is pushing in the middle between the
reel and the guide wheels at the back. This way there is equal
pressure pushing the mower equally into the ground. The other thing I
did, when it got tough, was to grab the middle bar of the handle (this
'bar' doesn't come with the Luxus 38 as the handle is more 'stylish'.
to see the handle I have) and push down on it as well. This let me,
literally, get the grass flying with little problems with the results.
The Gardena/Brill mowers are really, really good as far as I can tell.
I think mine was a smidge (and I mean a little) off for blade
adjustment as the metal feeler gauge that comes with it seemed a wee
tiny bit loose when inserted. Didn't seem to stop it from cutting
though. It did seem to leave a single blade uncut once in a while but
the grass was REALLY long, and it had just finished raining.
I also cut my front lawn which had been cut by my neighbours rotary
mower about 5 days ago. With this the reel mower was a joke. My
daughter did half of it and she's only 10. You simply walked along,
holding the handle properly of course, and it snipped the grass.
Piece of cake. I Mom even grabbed it from me just for old times sake.
She told me that the Gardena was very different experience then the
one she used as a kid.
I think it's light weight (17 lbs) and non-contact blade (you
shouldn't have to sharpen the blade for 6 - 10 years apparently),
sealed bearings, and simple height adjusters (a couple of knobs, and
there is a clear height measurement per wheel) are what make this such
a great machine. You can really wing it around.
Don't even look at other reel mowers, I tried the Scotts one in the
store and the resistance from the contact blades, with no grass, was
the same as the Gardena cutting the grass. You really have to try one
to see how good it is.
If you get it from Home Depot there is a no questions asked return
policy. Or so they told me. :)
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