Pros:Does not use gas, great exercise, great for the environment
Cons:Can be tiresome, not easy to use on woody weeds or wet or tall grass.
The Bottom Line: Great father's day gift!
This product is not some kind of new-fangled device sold with the intent to lower your carbon footprint to be Eco friendly. Although it is such a product, this has a lawn mower design that has been around before my grandfather was born! The device is a simple push reel style mower. It is used to cut grass lawns.
Recommend this product?
I have several small properties that have very small rear yards that do not require a full sized lawnmower. This lawnmower is perfect for that. You simply push the mower over the grass and a gear turns the reel mower mechanism, that cuts the grass. It works rather well on GRASS lawns. Clippings fly off of the top down to the ground. It makes a rather neat cut that looks fine. You can adjust the grass cutting size lowering the wheel using the grass size adjustment gauge. It is simple to adjust - simply loosen the knob, move the adjustment arrow to the desired size on the indicator bar, then re-tighten the knob. Then push away!
I specify that it is easy to cut grass. However, if you have weeds - especially the woody kind, this lawnmower can be a bear to push! It is also tough to push on long grass (over 6 inches tall) or tough grass types. Also, it is rather tough to use on wet grass - the clippings tend to stick on everything and do not fly off as easily. It is also best to use this device on small lawns with sizes less than half an acre. It gets tiresome after pushing for a while. You certainly would not want to cut a farm sized lawn with this!
One of the great benefits of using this lawnmower is that it does not use gas - so you do not have to worry about the high price of gas, or keeping smelly gas cans around, getting carb tune-ups, or running to the station to fill up. It also provides good exercise for the upper body, since you push it with your arms.
This lawnmower should last forever! The handle is made of tough tubular steel. The wheels are sturdy with solid, hard rubber tires that do not require air. The rear rollers are also sturdy and made of hard rubber. The cutting blades are also made of steel and they should last forever, with basic care. It is simple to maintain. Store the unit in a dry place - such as a shed, to keep it from rusting. Oil the moving parts at least once a season. The reel blade does not require much sharpening, unless it gets nicks in it. Simply go over it with a hand file or dremel sharpening bit every now and then. I have not needed to sharpen my blade in the past three years I've owned the mower.
For bigger lawns, I much prefer using my gasoline lawnmower. It is much quicker and easier on the arms. Another option for smaller yards is a gasoline string trimmer, but it does not leave as nice smooth cut as this reel mower.
I picked up my mower at a hardware store that was going out of business several years ago. I have not seen them in any of the stores I visited recently. You can purchase them on-line at one of the retailers listed. I paid $50 for mine as part of the going out of business sale, but they normally cost about $150, which to me seems like a lot of money for this....
I would recommend this product to someone who has a small yard that they need to manage. It is certainly not a landscaper's mower and it would not be suitable for larger lawns. Thanks for reading my review and best wishes for a nice summer ahead!
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