You’ve probably seen them in old movies and TV shows; reel mowers are a great part of American history. But they have not been left in the past. With new features being introduced to improve the reel mower, it offers great benefits to the modern day person. A reel mower works by using blades mounted on the central axle. As you move the mower forward, the blades, parallel to the ground, clip the grass with a scissor effect. Unlike the rotary blade which shears the lawn grass, the clipping effect of the reel mower is healthier for the grass. The reel mower also cuts grass uniformly. More benefits of the reel mower include:
Upsides of using a reel mower
Safety first goes the saying. Yet most conventional lawn mowers are very unsafe. Reports of injuries from lawnmowers are a constant year in year out. Common injuries include children’s toes or hands being run over. The reel mower is safer since it doesn’t have a rotary blade.
- Better lawn appearance
Using a reel mower will give your lawn a uniform cut and a better overall appearance. When you hire a groundkeeper, you might notice they use reel mowers although they’re pulled by tractors.
- Quiet operation
Reel mowers have no engine or motor hence are very quiet.
- Inefficient on large lawns
The ability to mow large lawns using a reel mower is hindered by their low cutting width. Most of them range between 9 and 16 inches. This means you’ll take longer to finish the job.
- Requires more effort
The effort required to operate a reel mower is immense. You have to move at a considerable pace for it to work and still have to push it.
Here are some of the best reel movers of recent times and the advanced features they have;
Fiskars Staysharp Max
Possibly the best reel mower on the market, it comes from a brand of trusted cutting products (cutters, scissors, etc.) which are of high quality. It lives up to its name, Stay sharp, whereby the blade used in the mower can take between 5 years and a decade before the need to sharpen it.This mower is heavy at 56 lbs. But this works to your advantage because of inertia after the initial push. It can also cut tougher grasses although it has a small width of about 16 inches.
The Gardena 4023 is built with ergonomics in mind, and this probably explains the high price. If you are looking for features such as a lawn rake, color scheme, and an adjustable, foldable handle, then this is the right piece. The lawn rake smooths the grass as you go about mowing. It has large wheels and is light in weight, and its grip handle makes it comfortable to use.
The Great States 415
A classic reel mower, it doesn’t come with a lot of extra features like the Stay sharp Max. However, it has some useful features like ball bearings for smooth navigation, powder-coated scratch resistant body, and heat-treated blades. Another advantage is that it is very durable. A lack of clipping bag and small cutting width are the downsides to this otherwise great-value-for-money lawn mower.
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