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Old 04-07-2008, 05:30 PM
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Does anyone use one of those old fashioned manuel push reel mowers?
How is it for you?
I had one a few years ago and it seemed like it tore the grass instead of cutting it. But I'm thinking about getting another one.
I have a house for sale with a big yard with thick St Augustine grass. I was going to leave my good mower there. And use the reel mower at my new house that has a smaller yard and thin Bermuda grass.
I'm getting tired of lugging my mower back and forth between the two houses. And I figured getting another really cheap mower would be cheaper than paying someone to do my lawn at the house that is on the market.

I would really like anothe electric mower (that's what I have at the other house) but I don't want to pay full price for one. Anybody seen one of those at a thrift shop or something?

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Old 04-07-2008, 05:46 PM
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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my neighbor down the street has one and he has really muscular legs from running up and down the lawn..
The quality it produces is nowhere near gas mower quality, but it is definitely as "green" as you can get. Have you sharpened the blades? That will cause tearing and ripping and I think it should be done at least once/year.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:27 PM
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We have one. It's actually a Craftsman we got from QVC. DH (who is not a well-built muscular guy, but does stay fit) loves it because "it doesn't leave the lines in the yard where the gas mower did". I know he's weird.
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:53 PM
Location: San Antonio
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I have one and love it. I would'nt use it on a large area ( acre) but it's good for the smaller yard. I love to get out there on a pretty morning and just walk with it. it's easy to push, never runs out of gas and it's easy to start!!
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:54 PM
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I've been using one for 3 years now and it works well as long as you keep the blades sharpened (once a year) and not let the lawn grow too long.
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:15 AM
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We have an ancient one - along with a ton of ancient gardening tools and ladders that were left in the garage of this house when we bought it. We have used it on occasion, but we bought a power mower as the area was just too big to make it practical.

Despite it's ancient status and lack of sharpening, it works really well. I can't bring myself to give it away, though I primarily use the power mower.
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