A couple of weeks back my lawnmower finally bit the dust. It has been a painstaking journey between us of tinkering every time I wanted to mow the lawn. Occasionally it was a quick and easy fix, but sometimes there was something absolutely undiagnosable about it. More often than not, the mower wouldn’t work for a while and then a frustrated kick would get it started at a sputtering speed long enough for me to finish my front yard. It leaked, it stalled, it smoked, it sputtered, and then it died.
When I went shopping for a new lawnmower, I had a budget. Though I know you get what you pay for, it seems like with lawnmowers the more I paid the more things that could go wrong I was getting. Digital readouts on a lawnmower? Ridiculous. Yet somehow I didn’t believe that the $99 version of the lawnmower I already had would actually work any better than the one I was replacing.
Then I saw it, a reel mower. Had I known that these were even still in production, I would’ve had one long ago. This is a mower about as simple as it gets. I remember having a stepdad that mowed his lawn the same way and was impressed that it was all by manpower. Very little maintenance aside from an occasional spray of WD-40, no oil or gas needed, and the cheapest mower on the block. I wasn’t sure if my annoyance at the gas powered mower was getting the best of me, but I decided to let technology lie in the dust and go the old-fashioned route.
The cashier chuckled a little bit as I purchased the mower and made a comment about mowing his lawn the same way in the 60s. I just couldn’t wait to get it home and see how it would tackle my lawn. Within 10 minutes I had a put together and it was ready to be put to test.
My lawn was definitely in need of a cut, and I was eager to see how this would perform. As I took the first push of the mower, I actually was impressed that it worked at all. Not only did it work but it was trimming my long perfectly with pretty low effort. I mean, I was pushing the thing, but it was hardly a workout.
I have been mowing my lawn consistently for the last few weeks with my Scotts Turf Mower and have been pleased with the results. For such a simple and cheap piece of equipment, it works amazingly well. He cuts the grass with ease and leaves the lawn looking lush and nice. My wife commented a few times how much better our grass is looking since I started using this lawnmower. A gas powered lawnmower can definitely put a hurting on your lawn, so I could see why this would be better. The only downside is that I have to go over the weeds more than once, pulling back and forth a few times to make sure they get cut. Just the other day however, I did a quick job on the lawn and you really couldn’t notice that some of the weeds escaped the mower unless you really looked.
They only other negative would be that you can’t push through piles of leaves, or small branches like I could with a gas powered mower. You have to make sure your lawn is pretty well clean from debris before you start cutting or the mechanism will seize up. Other than that, it has been an absolute joy to mow my lawn with this mower. It feels good to be doing it the old-fashioned way, and without having to use up expensive resources like oil and gasoline every time I want to mow the lawn. It’s relatively quiet, and that has allowed me to mow through my lawn at earlier hours then I would have otherwise, taking full advantage of the cooler temperatures.
All in all I would suggest this mower for anyone that doesn’t mind a little bit of extra effort, and appreciates it’s simplicity. I wouldn’t suggest this for anyone with a large yard as the blades only span 14 inches, but for small to medium bits of land it is perfect. Mowing the lawn has gone from an annoying but necessary task to having almost a meditative quality about it, so in that regard I am entirely sold.
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