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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:37 AM   #1
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Does anyone use one? I'm talking about the mechanical kind that doesn't have a motor. My yard isn't very big, and the old lawnmower just took a poop, so I might look into them. Any suggestions?
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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #2
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They work very well, no more mowing effort than a regular push mower

To keep the effort low:

Keep the blades sharp
after sharpening, check the clearence on the sheer bar
don't let the grass get too long
don't mow when the grass is wet
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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:48 AM   #3
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I used one once and did not mind it, like motorhead said don't let the grass get to tall
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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:51 AM   #4
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I don't use one but I agree with FSU on this. If the blades are kept sharp and you keep up on your mowing on a very regular basis they work very well. I almost bought a large toro reel mower a short time ago but I just don't keep up with my lawn like I need to.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 08:54 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. How do they work with thicker weeds (that are cut short already)? This is for a rental house, so it doesn't have a perfect yard.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 09:18 AM   #6
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I would get rid of the weeds, pull them, dig them, weed and feed the lawn once or twice. This type of mower isn't ideal for a lawn that's not in very good shape.
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I remember using them on my folks fairly large yard before my dad bought a motorized mower (yea, I am that old). Make sure you stay up on the maintenance, it is very important in keeping it working properly. More so than a gas mower IMO.

They are nice though, no emissions, no gas cost, no oil changes and you get to exercise. And you will be attractive to any hot hippy chicks in the neighborhood.
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as mentioned keep the blades sharp and the mower lubricated and free of rust. I mowed my grandma's house 20' x 90' with one of these until 1995. if you search around you can find them with a motor attached.
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I have always heard that a reel mower will give a much better cut than a rotary blade. It has 2 blades that cut like scissors instead of a single blade spinning and beating the grass into submission.
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i have one i will sell....scotts brand...:)
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sharp blades..... and unfortunately you might not even make it one full season without sharpening. Mine worked great for like 2 months and then I started seeing a lot of tall grass after I mowed.
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sharp blades..... and unfortunately you might not even make it one full season without sharpening. Mine worked great for like 2 months and then I started seeing a lot of tall grass after I mowed.
check the blade to shear bar clearance
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if you keep up on them maintain them and mow often you will love them but let the grass get too long or have weeds growing and you will say words that you didnt know wer in your vocabulary
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I have one that was made when they first came out probably. haha well maybe not that old but close..

I haven't used it to mow the whole yard, just bits a pieces, mainly because the wood handle is a bit unstable and I want to rebuild the whole thing.

all rusty and rickety it still does a damn good job.
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i own a small engine repair buisness im local and i could probibly fix ur mower or get you a replacement. i have a few pushers sitting around here. or i could get you a rider and you can enter the race
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i own a small engine repair buisness im local and i could probibly fix ur mower or get you a replacement. i have a few pushers sitting around here. or i could get you a rider and you can enter the race
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The lady across the street from me uses one, the yard looks like hell when shes done. It just snips the grass off and lets it lay, like a haybine cutting hay. Mowers mulch (or cut the grass up in tiny pieces) so you cant see it laying on top.
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I have one that I mowed with exclusively for about 10 yrs. The last 4-5 yrs I still use it on and off, but it's easier to make my kid mow. I have a Scotts brand one. It's a little heavier, so it doesnt bounce around too much and it's 20" wide. Probably the best one on the market. I've gone through a couple of the cheapies and the Scotts one is much nicer.
You can mow faster with one than with a power mower because the blades spin faster the faster you walk. You have to mow with it for a while to figure it out.
Keep it maintained. I hit the blades a couple times a year w/ a file and adjust the shear bar once in a while.
You have to keep up on the lawn. Dont try to cut more than an inch or two at once. Your lawn will look better after using one for a while. They are much easier on the grass than a power mower. Like said above, they cut like scissors, not like a machete and are less traumatic to the grass, which helps it retain water better and stay greener.
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The lady across the street from me uses one, the yard looks like hell when shes done. It just snips the grass off and lets it lay, like a haybine cutting hay. Mowers mulch (or cut the grass up in tiny pieces) so you cant see it laying on top.
I think this is why you have to do it more often before the grass gets long.. that way the pieces are small and not noticeable.
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The lady across the street from me uses one, the yard looks like hell when shes done. It just snips the grass off and lets it lay, like a haybine cutting hay. Mowers mulch (or cut the grass up in tiny pieces) so you cant see it laying on top.
This is why it was said previously. You must keep up on your lawn, I.E. cut it a couple times a week vs. once.
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