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Old 10-16-2013, 12:10 PM  
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I grew up pushing one around and they are a lot of work. Around 1960 to 65 the rotary mowers took off and I had quite a collection of powered reel mowers that went out to the curb, mostly because us kids wanted the horizontal shaft engines for mini bikes. The non-powered versions were good for city lots that had a 10 x 20 front yard. I used to mow yards with them and finally saved up for a rotary mower. The trouble with reel mowers was always keeping the bed knife sharp and adjusted and things like buckhorn wouldn’t shear off and you had to go back with a hand whip and get them. On the golf course I worked at we had a reel and bed knife grinding machine and those mowers are much higher quality than the ones I see being sold now for home usage. They are a novel blast from the past but I don’t see one in my future. Post some photos when you get it would love seeing one in use again.



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Old 10-16-2013, 02:02 PM  
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I will post something when I get a mower. There is no hurry since they are predicting snow flurries soon even thought we might see an 80F yet this year.

So far, I have seen the usual ones like Fiskars and Husqvarna and the cheap ones. This is just an excuse to get out, get exercise and feel some accomplishment. - I want one that runs like a clock and will be willing to sharpen and adjust everything as long as it does not have cylinders and make noise.

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I am. No gas, no electricity, just push it and go.
How about a goat or two?
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I agree a goat would be best and when he is done, you can eat him.

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I agree a goat would be best and when he is done, you can eat him.
And you get free fertilizer...
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Austin -

I am in the same process. - Looking for a very good reel push mower.

I am in a townhouse/quad home situation where we have lawn service for general mowing, fertilizing, shrub trimming that is pretty much amateurish and many people do not even bother to water properly (clay with high run-off). Since I have a good location with 3-30' blue spruce, 40' ash plush shrubs that are real assets, I decided to get a reel mower to do things right after the lawn butchers do their quick job (fast, wide tires high height and pack it down to look good for a day or so. - I will also get some good exercise and pride.

It is hard to find a real good reel mower now. I don't want to go to the extremes that I have seen internationally where greens on a golf course are trimmed by hand with a scissors, but just good enough to make others do something as an improvement.

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I look forward to your review. I have a lawn guy (I broke two mowers with all the rocks in my yard. After repairs it was cheaper to pay him to come out once a month), and there are a couple of sections that need the occasional once over.


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