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10 Easy Pieces: Reel Lawn Mowers

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10 Easy Pieces: Reel Lawn Mowers

May 23, 2018

No wonder it sounds like scissors. With “seven hardened, sharp cutting blades on a ball-bearing shaft,” a manually operated lawnmower (shown above) from the 100-year-old American Lawn Mower Company doesn’t take a backseat to any electric, gasoline-powered, or robotic lawn mower on the market. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly.

The blades on reel lawn mowers give grass a cleaner cut than the rotary blades on electric or gas mowers (which tear instead of trim turf). Add that to the benefits of operating a noiseless, energy-saving low-maintenance, cutting machine and you may wonder why you haven’t already adopted this friendly, low-tech way to mow your lawn. We’ve rounded up 10 reel lawn mowers to consider.

 Made of powder-coated steel, a Manually Operated Lawnmower has rubber-coated treads and measures about 44.5 inches high. It is €\273 at Manufactum.
Above: Made of powder-coated steel, a Manually Operated Lawnmower has rubber-coated treads and measures about 44.5 inches high. It is €273 at Manufactum.
A Manual Walk Behind Non-Electric Reel Mower with an attached bag has an ergonomic handle and can adjust to different heights; \$96.\25 at Home Depot.
Above: A Manual Walk Behind Non-Electric Reel Mower with an attached bag has an ergonomic handle and can adjust to different heights; $96.25 at Home Depot.
An Ozito Push Reel Lawn Mower has adjustable, self-sharpening blades and slip-resistant wheels. It is \$69.97 NZD at Bunnings.
Above: An Ozito Push Reel Lawn Mower has adjustable, self-sharpening blades and slip-resistant wheels. It is $69.97 NZD at Bunnings.
A six-blade Mascot Reel Lawn Mower is \18 inches wide for easy use in tight spaces; \$3\19.99 (add \$59.99 for an optional grass catcher) at Clean Air Gardening.
Above: A six-blade Mascot Reel Lawn Mower is 18 inches wide for easy use in tight spaces; $319.99 (add $59.99 for an optional grass catcher) at Clean Air Gardening.
Scott&#8\2\17;s \16-inch rust-resistant Walk-Behind Push Reel Lawn Mower is designed for smaller lawns and is \$\1\23.38 at Amazon.
Above: Scott’s 16-inch rust-resistant Walk-Behind Push Reel Lawn Mower is designed for smaller lawns and is $123.38 at Amazon.
 Suitable for medium-size gardens, a Greenworks \18-Inch Manual Reel Mower comes with a bag to catch grass; \$\1\29.99.
Above: Suitable for medium-size gardens, a Greenworks 18-Inch Manual Reel Mower comes with a bag to catch grass; $129.99.
From Fiskars, an easy-to-push Stay Sharp Max Reel Mower has a &#8\2\20;reversible grass chute which can be positioned to direct clippings forward, away from your feet, or backward and downward,&#8\2\2\1; the manufacturer notes. It is \$\174.99 from Amazon.
Above: From Fiskars, an easy-to-push Stay Sharp Max Reel Mower has a “reversible grass chute which can be positioned to direct clippings forward, away from your feet, or backward and downward,” the manufacturer notes. It is $174.99 from Amazon.
 From American Lawn Mower, a \16-inch Reel Mower comes with a sharpening kit; \$\109.99 from Ace Hardware.
Above: From American Lawn Mower, a 16-inch Reel Mower comes with a sharpening kit; $109.99 from Ace Hardware.
From Sun Joe, a Mow Joe Manual Push Walk Behind Reel Mower (with grass catcher included) is \16 inches wide; \$74.\25 at Home Depot.
Above: From Sun Joe, a Mow Joe Manual Push Walk Behind Reel Mower (with grass catcher included) is 16 inches wide; $74.25 at Home Depot.
Brill&#8\2\17;s \20-inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower has \10-inch dual tracking wheels and rugged radial tires; \$3\27.74 at Sears.
Above: Brill’s 20-inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower has 10-inch dual tracking wheels and rugged radial tires; $327.74 at Sears.
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Finally, get more ideas on how to plant, grow, and care for perennial grasses that need no mowing with our Grasses: A Field Guide.

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