5 Reasons to switch to a reel mower gas x reviews ratings


I can tell you, without hesitation, I prefer the push reel mower vs. other alternatives. Here are 5 great benefits that push reel mowers have over gas powered mowers (as well as some caveats to be aware of if you make the switch). 1. Push Reel Mowers are Cheaper than Gas Powered

Not only that, but gas-powered mowers usually don’t last as long as reel mowers. Push reel are cheap due to their simplicity. A lot can go wrong with a gas-powered mower, and once the engine goes, you need to replace it. The only maintenance cost with a push reel is sharpening it every few years, which you can often times do at home with a $25 kit that should never die. There is not much that can go wrong with them. 2. Push Reel Mowers are MUCH More Environmentally Friendly

According to one study, one hour of gas-powered lawn mower use can produce as much pollution as a 100 mile car trip. Have you ever smelled your clothes after a lawn-mowing session? Lawn mowers don’t have the same strict pollution controls in place as automobiles.

On top of that, the EPA estimates that 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. That’s more than all the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez. Not only does this result in groundwater contamination, but spilled fuel evaporates into the air and volatile organic compounds produce smog-forming ozone when combined with heat and sunlight. 3. Reel Mowers Require Less Maintenance than a Gas Mower

I alluded to maintenance with price, but there’s also a time saving component that goes into it. No driving to the gas station and back when you run out of gas. No oil changes, and no spark plug changing. You may have to sharpen the blades every few years with a push reel, but you have to sharpen or change blades on gas mowers as well.

There is not a neighbor that has walked by my house who uses a gas-powered mower that doesn’t stop to ask me questions with curiosity. First, they notice how well the mower cuts. Then they appreciate how quiet and peaceful the experience looks in comparison to a gas mower experience. Then they realize how much healthier it is for them and their lawn.

Somewhere along the way, Americans were convinced that gas-powered mowers were superior to push reel. Maybe they were at one point. But push reel mowers are a lot more advanced these days. It only takes a few trendsetters in a neighborhood to make the whole neighborhood realize it – cutting down the air, ground, and noise pollution for everyone. Why not be the trendsetter? Reel Mower Caveats

– Find a mower that cuts up to 3 inches or more. I moved from a Brill push reel mower to the new Fiskars reel mower (seen to the right), which allows you to cut up to 4 inches. The Brill, and many other reel mowers only let you cut up to 2 inches max. I like to grow my grass longer so that I don’t have to water it as much. It’s much healthier for your lawn.

– You can’t let the grass get too long, particularly if yours cuts up to a short max length. Otherwise it becomes difficult to mow. I’ve also heard that some weeds and very hardy grass varieties are very difficult to mow with a push reel. It’s something to be aware of. You may want to test out a neighbors push reel on your grass before buying (if their blades are sharp).

– You may have to go over some areas twice. Some people tout this as a big negative with push reels. I don’t think it is at all. We’ve probably all pushed a gas-powered mower at one time or another. It’s a hellish experience. Especially if you have hills. Pushing a 150 lb. beast up a 45 degree incline or even on flat ground is not easy. So from an energy exertion standpoint, you’re probably break even. As long as you keep your blades sharp, that is (very important). Push Reel vs. Gas Mower Discussion:

A little over a year ago I bought the Scotts 20in classic. I bought it off season for $80. I had never used a reel mower before and I was considering an electric mower. I have a very small lawn at 400 sq ft. so I decided to opt for the simpler and cheaper solution. I’m really glad I did. I was afraid to touch the gas mower we used to have. It needed regular maintenance and I always wondered whether it would start or not. My husband would spend more time trying to start it than he would mowing. Then we would have to clean up after it blew grass clippings everywhere and all over us.

Now with my reel mower not only do I enjoy the quiet and easy maintenance, but it is much safer. I was afraid to touch the other mower, and now I do all the yard work myself, joyfully. I also have a 1 yr old son running around the yard and the reel mower is much safer for all of us. Plus the grass clippings are automatically mulched back into the grass instead of being blown onto my patio.

My only minor quibble is that any small stick will stop it in it’s tracks. So I really have to make sure the yard is perfectly clear before mowing. I think I could also solve this by sharpening the blades. They don’t seem to be shipped with the optimum sharpness. I’ll probably drop it by a sharp shop next season.

I first used a gas mower as a kid and it always was a pain. In my 20’s my mom’s uncle passed away and we inherited a garage of old stuff. A vintage reel mower was in there and I decided to take it in and have a craftsman bring it back to life because it seemed so distinct. It was heavy and wide (made of steel and wood) but compared to the gas mowers I had used all my life it was a more pleasant experience. When I got a house of my own (lawn is less than 1/4 acre) I bought a 14′ wide 2′ clearance American reel mower and it really is crazy how much the concept\models have improved when compared to the vintage model. The newer reel mowers are significantly lighter (the American is 19lbs) and the blades cut regular grass very well. I don’t even bag my clippings with it, I just go over them a few times to really mince them up and keep the covered grass oxygenated. Haven’t had any bad patches or trouble with suburban Ohio weeds like dandelions. I purchased the reel mower for $63 and am very satisfied with it.