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Posted on February 19, 2012 by Mr.Green | Edit 12 comments Leave a comment

Fiskars 6201 18-Inch StaySharp Max Push Reel Lawn Mower
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Fiskars' 5-blade push reel lawn mower delivers twice the cutting power to blast through twigs, weeds, and tough spots VersaCut design provides best-in-class cutting capabilities, including superior performance on all types of grass Unique forward reel position provides the closest side edging of any reel mower and mess-free forward grass discharge Padded ergonomic grip has a one-touch cut height adjustment and a sturdy height adjustable handle for enhanced maneuverability 4-year warranty; blades don't touch the cutting bar so you don't have to sharpen as often

Different Types Of Reel Mowers. The type of lawn mower that has become the standard is the rotary lawn mower. But the first lawn mowers were not rotary mowers, but rather reel lawn mowers. Edwin Budding invented the reel lawn mower in 1830. Unlike the rotary mowers you're used to, reel lawn mowers don't have an engine, relying instead merely on sharp blades and the muscle-power of the operator. Their blades also spin differently than those of a rotary mower. While a rotary mower's blades spin on a plane parallel to the ground, the blades of a reel lawn mower spin at an angle perpendicular to the ground. The environmentally conscious extol reel lawn mowers as a pollution-free alternative to gaspowered rotary mowers. Reel lawn mowers offer many benefits in addition to being easy on the environment, including benefits in safety, noise-level, maintenance and cost. Today's reel lawn mowers are easier to use than older models, because lightweight plastics and alloys incorporated into their construction have made them easier to maneuver. There are, however, some drawbacks to using reel lawn mowers. Reel lawn mowers don't chop up twigs as do rotary mowers. In fact, twigs get stuck in the blades and you'll have to remove them by hand. Nor can reel lawn mowers be used in fall to shred leaves for the compost pile. Rotary mowers are also better at cutting tall grass, an important consideration for those who don't mow the lawn religiously. These limitations argue that, for all but the most industrious and idealistic, reel mowers may be most suitable for those who tend small urban lots. With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious, many are turning to electric mowers for trimming their lawns. Dragging around the cords of corded electric lawn mowers is a nuisance. It's also potentially hazardous, with the potential of accidentally running over the cord with the mower. Fortunately, electric lawn mowers are no longer synonymous with cumbersome cords. The new cordless electric lawn mowers are safer and more flexible. An added benefit is that they start with a switch, not a pull-cord, facilitating startup. Cordless electric lawn mowers run on rechargeable batteries. Not as quiet as reel lawn mowers, cordless electric lawn mowers are still less noisy than gas-powered mowers.

Cordless mowers work best if your lawn is 1/3 of an acre or less, and if you keep your lawn mowed regularly. They're not effective for larger lawns or for tall grass, since either condition puts a lot of strain on the battery. And pushing them up hills can put a lot of strain on the operator, so make sure you purchase a selfpropelled model. Cutting moist grass also strains battery-powered mowers, although, technically, you shouldn't be mowing at all if your lawn isn't dry. Usually, when we hear the term, "mulching," we think of spreading mulch around by hand, using a shovel. But mulching mowers give the term, "mulching" a new twist. "Mulching" lawn mower is a bit of a misnomer. They don't make mulch; if anything, the product they leave behind is more "compost" than "mulch." The alternative to a mulching lawn mower is a lawn mower that comes with a bag attachment to collect grass clippings. If you opt for the latter, you should deposit the clippings into a compost pile, so as to acquire free compost for the garden and avoid wasting community landfill space. The grass clippings left behind by a mulching mower essentially function as a lawn fertilizer, as if you were applying compost to the lawn. For this reason, it makes more sense for most urban and suburban homeowners to use a mulching mower, rather than bagging their grass clippings and dumping them in the compost pile. Essentially, mulching lawn mowers eliminate the "middle-man," namely, the compost pile, instead providing you with compost directly. This means less work for you. Mulching lawn mowers are designed so as to leave behind finely shredded grass clippings. Such clippings can be left on the lawn with impunity. By contrast, because lawn mowers without mulching capabilities produce clippings that are bulkier and readily mat together, their clippings need to be removed from the lawn, so that the grass doesn't suffocate under them. About the author: To learn about lawn weed control and planting a lawn, visit the Lawn Tips website. Source:

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12 Responses to “Reel Mower”
eenie1952 February 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm (Edit) how do I adjust the cut on a reel mower? I have a reel push mower. I need to find out how to lower the cut a bit and also how do I adjust the bedplate so the cut it better?
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awf18 February 22, 2012 at 3:23 am (Edit) What type of oil does my reel mower need.Its older model,3 hp,briggs&stratton,4 cycle,?

Its an older lawnmaster mower with a continous bar where u push with the drive clutch on the right and the reel clutch on the left. there is a oil dip stick on the front. This oil stick is on an angle. I have read that i fill the oil up until its is coming out, is this right?

pcbeachrat February 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm (Edit) Do not use a 10 w based oil..older lawnmowers need a straight 30 oil..not hd..hd is high detergent oil and nd is a non detergent oil..You do not use the 10 w or 5 w mentioned if this cap does not have a dipstick on it then you fill it right too the top..this is common with filler caps at an angle..HERE IS WHAT i AM CONCERNED ABOUT.. A reel mower is a mower that is strictly push..and has no motor on it…I do not know if you were misinformed about what it is..but that is what a “ree” mower

ABOUT.. A reel mower is a mower that is strictly push..and has no motor on it…I do not know if you were misinformed about what it is..but that is what a “ree” mower is some info on that and the link t came from.. Push Reel Lawn Mowers Push reel mowers were some of the first tools used for cutting grass and they still remain a decent option. Although these models do not have as many amenities as their mechanical counterparts, they still get the job done with some effort. Push reel lawn mowers consist of non-mechanical parts, mainly very sharp blades for cutting and a handle to push. These mowers have smaller maintenance and repair as well as not need for oil or gas. These types of mowers take the most effort and may require several pushes over an area to properly cut but they are the quietest and cleanest for the environment. Many people have experienced the loud sound of a mower in the morning and a push reel mower pretty much eliminates all this. Push reel mowers are usually the cheaper and lighter models as well. For those who want a work out or care alot about the environment, then these push mowers are hands down the best option.

matthewky1234 February 22, 2012 at 8:24 am (Edit) How Much To Charge To Cut With A Reel Mower? If I were going to cut someones yard with a reel mower, grass shears, and non-electric edger. How much should I charge for first cut and follow up cuts?

FB Addict February 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm (Edit) Has anyone ever used a push-reel mower with a grass catcher attached? How well did it work?


I need a new mower and don’t want to spend a lot of money. I’ve seen some reel mowers with attachable bags, and was wondering if anyone has any information on using them. How well do they work, are they hard to maintain, does the bag really catch the grass? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

bahar February 25, 2012 at 1:31 am (Edit) How do you sharpening blades on a reel mower? I have a craftsman reel mower, and I was wondering how I sharpen the blades on it. The blades are not cutting worth a flip and I do not know how to remove them. So I was wondering can they be sharpened or what? Please be detailed in your answer and please state your source if you have any. Thank you so much.

Don M February 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm (Edit) You can buy kits that are basically sandpaper on a long bar that the blade rubs against. There are different widths for different width mowers. I just put ones on both a Scott and a Brill, and they work very well. Basically, you push the lawnmower around on concrete with the sandpaper kit installed, until it stops rubbing on the blade so much. Then you take the kit off, re-adjust the gap, and go mow. If I can find the brand name, I’ll add it to my answer. good question! P.S. I love reel mowers. They’re a great workout and they don’t irritate bees like gas-powered ones do.


eric t February 25, 2012 at 1:32 am (Edit) Can a normal push reel mower, be used on a backyard putting green? Most of the articles that I have read you need to have a special push reel mower for your putting green, So I was wondering if a cut height of 1/2 in. with a normal push reel mower would be able to cut down to a 3/16 or 1/4 if I was just to mow more frequently?


Patricia D February 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm (Edit) Yes a push reel mower is the BEST thing for your putting green. Golf courses use them to mow greens by using a push reel mower. Check the heighth of the blades in a “test area” and make any necessary adjustments. Also keep your blades razor sharp at all times…


hello February 25, 2012 at 8:09 am (Edit) Would a new manual reel mower work alright on a weedy lawn? My lawn has a lot of grass, dandelions, violets, wild strawberry plants, forget-me-nots and a ton of other things that shouldn’t be growing on my lawn. Would a manual reel mower still work alright on my lawn?


matthewky1234 February 26, 2012 at 11:10 am (Edit) How Much To Charge To Cut Grass Using A Reel Mower? If I were going to cut someones yard with a reel mower, grass shears, and non-electric edger. How much should I charge for first cut and follow up cuts?


geniphurb February 27, 2012 at 5:22 am (Edit) Which would you get: a cordless electric mower or an electric reel mower?


I’ve been looking at both and most say the same basic things except that the reel ones you can use longer because of better batteries and because they will mow without the power too. Has anyone used both? Has anyone used them on Saint Augustine grass? We have a 4200 square foot yard. I’m looking to take over mowing duties from my husband and I want something other than a gas mower. I’m also kind of wary of the $300 price tag. Can you find them cheaper?

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