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05-29-08, 02:43 AM   #1  
Reel Mower VS Gas Powered Mower

Since I'm a highly physical man for 44 years old, I'm thinking about using a Reel Mower instead of a riding mower.
I have about an acre to cut, it's no big deal to me...just a good workout !

Are the Reel Mowers all they are cracked up to be ?
I have heard ''mostly'' good things about them....I remember them from days of old, but they have of course gotten better through the years.

I know another guy who cuts 7000 sq ft with his Reel Mower, loves it !
What's your opinion ?

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05-29-08, 03:38 AM   #2  
I think that's a great idea for you.
Later, when you hit my age, you will hope we still have some
kind of power so you can cut with a tractor ( or whatever is in use )
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05-29-08, 03:53 AM   #3  
Oh I'm sure I will...most consider 44 old in sports !
What I was after, is for those of you that have used a Reel Mower, are the cuts as good as a gas powered mower ?
I seen a few video's on UTUBE, but it's always nice to hear from you guys too.

 
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05-29-08, 04:41 AM   #4  
The biggest thing I remember is they often don't cut the weeds. I would assume that's still true but I haven't used a reel mower since the early 60's I couldn't imagine cutting an acre with one ...... but if you can handle it week in week out......


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05-29-08, 06:33 AM   #5  
I admire your enthusiasm, but an acre of lawn is over 40,000 sq. ft vs. your friend's 7,000 sq. ft. The quality of cut is excellent, that's why they use reel mowers on golf courses. As to big improvements over the years? The push reel mowers you buy today are essentially unchanged since the 1940s.

 
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05-29-08, 07:47 AM   #6  
True & THANKS on the enthusiasm, and I am in that good a shape, 40,000 sq ft is not hard at all, it just depends on the landscape & what's pushing the mower.
I know I won't do it forever, but if you knew me & my physical drive then you would understand...pushing a reel mower over 1 acre is hardly the hardest thing I have ever done...US Army & Air Force.

Thanks for the info on the cut, I appreciate it very much.

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05-29-08, 08:55 AM   #7  
Reel mowers do a wonderful job since they actually cut the grass rather than break it off like a slightly dull rotary mower, however they are not good in tall grass at all since the grass will wrap around the reel and just bog it up. You can't miss a mowing or you're in trouble. Kinda like having a dairy herd, ya can't miss a milkin. Have a good one. Geo

 
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05-29-08, 09:03 AM   #8  
Yeah, I know that's right !
They have a video of a guy on UTUBE cutting 15 IN grass, but he has to take a running start to do each row !
I like to keep my yard very nice & neatly cut, I am trying to learn all I can about everything I can...a nice green acre would be a little to be proud of.


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05-29-08, 10:01 PM   #9  
1 acre with a reel mower? In Carolina's heat? You might be physically able, but I'd put my money on the bet that you'll be buying a new gas mower this summer. !!! Not that I think you can't...just that I think you might be under-estimating the job, or over-estimating the ease of use of a reel mower. It's not strength that you're gonna need, it's huff and puff (stamina).


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05-30-08, 03:16 AM   #10  
Yes, I am in shape, BUT I do have a gas powered mower as a back up & I plan to cut mostly in the early morning hours since the don't make any real noise.
One definately has to be careful in the hot Carolina sun & humidity.
I hope I made the right choice, I bought the Scott's Classic 20 Inch Reel Mower.



 
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05-30-08, 10:45 PM   #11  
I hope you like it! You probably will for the first 12 minutes, lol! ! If nothing else, you'll get a good workout and find some muscles you didn't even know you had!


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05-30-08, 11:21 PM   #12  
You never know, I'm a pretty fired up ''old man'' @ 44 ! One things for sure though, I'll be honest in letting you know how it feels, in all reality I have to cut 0.89 acre
The mower should arrive Tuesday, I like to schedule my cuts for early Friday morning.

 
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05-31-08, 11:15 AM   #13  
If you cut your whole lawn once with a reel mower, I will freely admit that you are a better man than I am, If you do it more than twice, Someone should see about getting you a super hero costume. It's hard work! But you will be pollution free for sure.

 
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05-31-08, 11:27 AM   #14  
I really don't know Bonti...I will let ya know on Thurs or Friday.
Mowing my lawn with a reel mower & its size certainly won't make me a better man than you.
Seriously, I just hope the reel mowers work for me & what I want out of it....if not I certainly will use a gas powered mower my friends.

 
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06-02-08, 04:39 PM   #15  
Well Guys, here's my honest opinion so help me GOD.

The Reel Mower came today, I could not wait till Friday...I wanted to see what it was all about !
Again, this is complete honesty, not some guy trying to be Joe Stud.
I cut my 0.89 acre easily with the Reel Mower & to be honest.....can't wait to do it again.

When you got 255 solid pounds behind a mower & you run every day things are gonna be a LOT easier than it is for most people that don't work their body daily.
I'm just the kind of person who is extremely physical...my day will come as it does for all of us.

The mower was very easy to handle & it gave a wonderful cut.

So, that's my opinion & I thank you all for your help in my decision.
So, what Superhero should I become Bontai ?
''Lawmower Man'' ?

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06-02-08, 09:06 PM   #16  
Hey lawnmower man! Oh, that's maybe not the best superhero name, heh (remember the movie?). Some folks like their punishment I suppose, lol. I'm fit and decently built myself, but that's not a desireable activity on my "to do list". I'll tell you one thing, there are few folks who know how to put in a day's work, and even fewer who are proud of it when they do. That's a trait you seem to have that is to be admired. Seems like the will to labor is something that has gotten lost in this air-conditioned technology world we're in today.

So, Mr. stud (joke)...Glad you like your mower, and thanks for the feedback about the mower. I'm still gonna use one that takes a key...

Take care and don't have a heat stroke We're hitting mid 90s here.


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06-02-08, 09:40 PM   #17  
Yeah, guess I don't need to end like the Lawnmower Man did huh ?
Seriously, it wasn't that hard at all, now if the mower would have been difficult to push I would agree.
It's in the low 90's here in Norwood, I'm about 45 miles east of Charlotte.
Common scence tells ya to mow in the early morning before it gets hot & humid, I'll get all of that weather I can handle come training camp in Spartanburg.

 
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06-03-08, 09:05 AM   #18  
Superhero names? Grass Master? Turf Tackler? Back in the day I used to cut around 40 acres of grass a week for a landscaper's contract plus my own customers. I referred to myself as a "Lawn height adjustment specialist"

 
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06-03-08, 09:51 AM   #19  
I like the ''Turf Tackler'' !
I tell ya Joe, it looks great, but like ya'll said, the tall weeds are hard to cut, once I get rid of them & get my pattern down it should really look good.


I wish I could get it nice & green, I have corn fields that surround me & sometimes the spray they use drifts over, of course they can't help it.
I grew up farming tobacco so I understand.

 
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