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Old 09-27-2017, 11:11 AM   #1
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Mower for Small yards


Hi!

I need a mower for a small yard in the back and a small one in the front with a hill. I'd prefer not to spend much given the size of the yards. Would anyone advise against a manual reel mower for any reason?

If you're anti manual mower, could you suggest a cordless electric?
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:37 AM   #2
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I wouldn't advise against good exercise and I pushed a reel lots of miles as a kid. Never did have a gym membership. I still laugh at the tight old man across the street that wanted to pay a quarter to get his back lot of 2 foot tall weeds mowed.

I try to refrain from recommending brand names, but with the slump in quality of just about everything, I have seen some Fiskars tools and believe they have done the best in this field of tools although I've never pushed a Fiskars mower.
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Old 09-27-2017, 02:16 PM   #3
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I thought about buying a reel mower when I bought a new house a couple years ago but they really don't have any ability to mulch since the grass blades only hit the cutting blades once.
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Nothing wrong with manual mowers if your up to good exercise.


http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-reel-mower/
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I was eyeballing that review at Sweet Home as well. The Amazon reviews for it aren't as good as their review, but it may come down to user error.

Thanks all for the direction.
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I grew up using reel mowers [and wouldn't want to go back] but one thing I remember is they weren't very good at cutting weeds. It will do a good job of cutting grass but often the weeds just slip thru and stand back up after you are done.
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I might go with the battery ones; they look like they've got a lot of the issues ironed out.
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Small yard does not tell us much, got a picture?
A 70 year old man in my area bought one of these and loves it, I had offered to mow and wack the whole yard for him for $35.00 a week.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in...02SP/206515944
He'll be long dead before it pays for it's self.
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Small yard does not tell us much, got a picture?
A 70 year old man in my area bought one of these and loves it, I had offered to mow and wack the whole yard for him for $35.00 a week.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in...02SP/206515944
He'll be long dead before it pays for it's self.
Here are some photos: https://imgur.com/a/CEONH
  1. Front yard
  2. Max slope on edge of front yard
  3. Back yard
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While I'm not fond of either [live in the country] an electric or reel type push mower should work well.
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One problem with the push reels is that they don't work well when the grass
is long, just push it down. My last yard was small and I used a push reel but
also picked up an electric at a yard sale for $20 for the couple times a summer
when I got behind.
My current house has a bigger yard so I bought a cordless. Love it. It came
with 2 batteries and that's a must for a lawn this size where it takes over an
hour to do the whole thing. With the fast charger you can mow endlessly, but
I never use more than about a charge and a half.
Anything that doesn't pollute like the gas mowers.
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I have both Fiskar manual mower and electric battery operated mower bought 12 years ago. I like both but for the use you will make of your mower I recommend you to buy an electric mower, to keep the blade sharp, to keep it inside the garage away from cold weather, to leave it always on the charge and to mow your lawn on mulch twice a week.




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Update: we bought the 16-inch version of mower from the side-by-side review linked earlier in the thread. It was available at a local Home Depot and I wanted to mow this weekend.

I put it together (no tools required) and was surprised that the blades weren't "sharp" like a knife, but more sharp like a square's corner.

Rolled the mower out back and started mowing.

My tips for first time manual reel mowers:

1: The instructions are right. You shouldn't let the lawn get too long before attaching it with a manual mower.

It will be harder if you do and you'll have to go over spots more than once. That said, you CAN make it work. Once you get push through one strip, only mow about half the mowers width of grass at a time. This will allow you to put the same amount of power into the push with less resistance.

2. Momentum matters. Get a determined forward pace before you hit the target grass and push through.

3. Sticks suck. Tiny little sticks can stop your momentum in your tracks when they get stuck in the reel.

If you're wearing tough boots/shoes (as you should be), you can tilt the reel back and then lightly kick the reel backwards to have it spit the stick out. Then move on.

4. Your mowing will be a lot easier if you can keep both wheels on the ground. Keep that in mind while you mow on hills or uneven areas. It's doable... but expect to sweat.
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Sticks suck. Tiny little sticks can stop your momentum in your tracks when they get stuck in the reel.
I remember that! more than once I'd be zipping along, hit a stick and have the handle shoved into my chest. One of the many reasons I prefer gas today.
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I put it together (no tools required) and was surprised that the blades weren't "sharp" like a knife, but more sharp like a square's corner.
Not sharp like a knife because they don't cut like a knife, they cut
like scissors. It's grass trapped between the blade and the stationary
bar that gets cut.
With the blade moving across the bar in this way they're also self
sharpening.
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