Thea Olsen wrote:We have a Scott's reel mower that doesn't work on our lawn. I don't know what kind of grass it is, but it is very thick and dense, especially in the front yard. We also have some fairly steep slopes. My husband has a coworker who uses a Brill reel mower and loves it, so we borrowed it and it didn't work on our lawn either. I'd love to be able to use a human-powered mower, and they seem to work well on thinner, flat lawns, but we've given up on them for now. I've decided to just focus on reducing the size of our lawn so we don't have to use the gas mower as much.
Benjamin Bouchard wrote:I'd hate actually having to mow a lawn with a string trimmer/brush cutter. Very small swath on those even with the larger heads, and I can't imagine you get a very consistent trim out of it. Good for edging and knocking down tall stuff, but...
Matu Collins wrote:When I was a girl, my grandfather used a reaal mower on his lawn, and it seemed fairly easy and simple. I got it when he died, but it was stolen long ago from the apartment where I lived.
We are trying to go as fossil-fuel free as possible, and I am thinking of getting one for the bit of lawn we keep for the kids to play soccer and frolic.
Does anyone use one of these? Does anyone have any opinions on what is a good type or brand?
Thea Olsen wrote:But all those videos show rural pasture, not suburban lawn. The city would come in and cut it themselves and fine us dearly before our lawn could get near that long.
Korey Pelton wrote:
I just finished writing an article about my experiences with reel mowers on my blog. Thought it would be a good contribution to this thread. Enjoy! The Elegant, No-Engine, Reel Lawn Mower
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