Reel Lawn Mowers Come With Unexpected Benefits

Annie Hintsala By Annie Hintsala, 23rd Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Reel lawnmowers are old fashioned push mowers that have been making a comeback. They are easy to maintain, economical, easy to use, quiet and safe creating no pollution until they are finally discarded.

The Benefits of a 'Reel' Lawnmower

About ten years ago I bought a ‘reel’ lawn mower, also called a rotary mower. My old mower’s engine was finally going and I went to my locally owned hardware store and started looking at models. Riding mowers, self propelled push mowers, mowers with fancy bags, mowers with motors strong enough to power my car (and more polluting), and finally one model called a ‘reel’ lawn mower. Old fashioned, simple, and light weight. The guy at the hardware store helpfully took me outback to give it a test run (locally owned does not always mean more friendly and helpful, but in this case it does.). I was skeptical. It didn’t look like much, and my yard is mostly weeds, and my knees, while only thirty-some years old have been repaired multiple times…well I thought it would be too hard to push. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and how well it cut. I was sold. It didn’t hurt that it didn’t need any gas and was practically maintenance free, and was about one hundred dollars less than the next cheaper model. Cheaper and NO pollution. The whole thing came with a sharpening tool and a little oil can and a one year warranty. Well, alright, I was ready to mow.

And mow I did! I found that I mowed my yard more often than I ever had before. What used to be a chore, became a pleasant excuse to go outside. No gas fumes polluting the planet and making me sick, virtually no noise, and I got so much exercise. The yard was well mowed, I felt good about myself and the environment and so what if my neighbors looked at me oddly (sometimes smugly) from the back of their riding mowers? I was in my yard ‘zone’.

These past couple of years gas went up to almost $5.00 a gallon in my area. Heh-Heh. Those same neighbors who looked on with smug looks, now looked envious as I trundled along, my son able to play nearby. Eight years after I bought my mower it still works great with just a sharpening at the beginning of the season and the occasional cleaning. I love my really ‘reel’ lawnmower.


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I am a mommy, teacher, gardener, toy maker, illustrator, all around Jane of all trades, and a warrior princess.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

At first I thought you spelled REAL wrong, I have some real lawnmowers - sheep. It would take forever for me to use a reel mower to mow my lawn otherwise.

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author avatar Annie Hintsala
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Mark! Thanks for the comment. I had some trouble loading the picture, and will try again. Thanks!

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author avatar TNT_Brian
14th Feb 2011 (#)

Great read. i think if we used a rotary at attadale, it would need done again as soon as you finished! Really great start :)

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author avatar Annie Hintsala
16th Feb 2011 (#)

As another comment, I would say that it takes me no longer to do my lawn with the reel mower, than any other. I keep the blades sharp and the wheels clean and oiled.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
11th Mar 2012 (#)

Great read and, yes I have one. only problem I find is that you must not allow the grass to grow out of shape (bushy) then it becomes necessary to first get hold of Mark's Real mowers first:-))

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