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Old 07-20-09, 06:37 AM   #1
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reel mower recomendations

Anybody out there using reel mowers? I need one for my new lawn. The property is 6,000 square foot with most of it covered by grass. I haven't used reel mowers for many years and the choices are overwhelming. I'm leaning toward Scotts classic 20", mainly because its cheap and it cuts up to 3" high, which would make it easier to mow if I let the grass grow a bit too long now and then. However, the weight weenie in me is tempted to try the the Brill Razorcut 38. Its lighter, narrower and apparently only needs sharpened every 10 years or so. Plus, my wife and kids may have an easier time with it. However, I'm having a hard time believing that a 17 pound lawnmower is going to last very long.

Anybody used either of these or any other models. I'm interested in any feedback you have about them.

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http://www.cleanairgardening.com/reelmowers.html
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Old 07-20-09, 06:40 AM   #2
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I have been using the Brill Razorcut 38 for a couple of years now. The quality and durability is excellent. The only 'flaw' is that I wish you could set the grass height higher. Even at the highest setting, the Brill is still pretty low. Depending on the type of grass you have, this may or may not be a bad thing.
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I own the Scott's Classic and used it exclusively for 6 years. I love the mower. Yes, it has a cutting height of up to 3 inches high, but you still cannot let the grass get too long. I sprayed it down every time I used it to remove the grass, then lubed it well. Never had any issues. I never had to worry about sharpening blades or anything.
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I have a Sunlawn MM1. It's pretty much just like the Brills except the height is more adjustable.
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I have an 18" Craftsman that's actually a rebranded American. My only gripe is that it doesn't adjust below about 1.5", and I'd like it to be more like 1".

My mower before that was a 16" American that I got from a friend that he'd had for years. I used it until the handle came off in my hand one day-- it had rusted through in the middle of the Y-shaped handle.
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I've been using the 20" Scott since last Spring and it does fairly well. The handle assembly is a little "floppy" but I've never had any problems. The only issue I have with it is that it won't cut certain weeds, so I have to go back and hit some bad spots with the weedeater. If you don't have any weeds, you probably don't have to worry about this. It also doesn't like really bumpy terrain. Despite what everyone seems to think, this mower is not difficult to push at all. In fact, it seems a little easier than a gas-powered mower, I assume because of the light weight. I haven't had to sharpen it yet, but Scott has a sharpening kit that makes it simple.
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I've been using the 20" Scott since last Spring and it does fairly well. The handle assembly is a little "floppy" but I've never had any problems. The only issue I have with it is that it won't cut certain weeds, so I have to go back and hit some bad spots with the weedeater. If you don't have any weeds, you probably don't have to worry about this. It also doesn't like really bumpy terrain. Despite what everyone seems to think, this mower is not difficult to push at all. In fact, it seems a little easier than a gas-powered mower, I assume because of the light weight. I haven't had to sharpen it yet, but Scott has a sharpening kit that makes it simple.
I used it exclusively for 6 years and never had to sharpen the blades.
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I do not know of anyone who sharpens the blades anymore (there is not a place by me within 100+ miles. maybe in rural areas they do?) and they do not need to be sharpened. They only need to be adjusted to make proper contact between the blades. I used to work at an old fashioned hardware store and I would do the adjustments for people that brought them in. Very simple to do.
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