oh yes, i remember those back in the day. they were heavy and seemd ro work fine when they wanted to. it seems like they have improved them over the years and made them more user friendly. i think i would stick to a simple desing without all of the extra gadgets. a freind of mine has a newer one and it seems to glide across the lawn with little effort.
I bought an American Lawn Mower Co. push reel mower just about a year ago, love it, very sturdy, built here in the US and works well on our lawn. They also make one geared towards Bermuda and other low growing grasses, mine is just the standard 16" mower, I'd never consider any other mower if it weren't for the massive Fall leaves that have to be raked up so we may have to get a bagger/mulcher mower before this Fall. lol
I had a combination sharpening shop, lawnmower repair and tax service company near me in Central Illinois. I never used the place for taxes but the guy always had nice reel mowers he fixed up for like $10.
I just bought a fiskars....The one at the bottom of the page. Love it! Easy to push, great adjustability, and it leaves my lawn looking great. My family thinks I am nuts; but I actually enjoy cutting the grass!
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