So I’ve been using my new reel mower for a couple of weeks now. I’m ready to sing the praises of the reel mower. Here’s why:
1. They’re inexpensive. I paid about $120 for my 18″ mower.
2. They’re even more inexpensive in the immediate future, as they are very fuel efficient. They take no fuel, other than the energy you would use to push any lawn mower.
3. In the long run, they are even more inexpensive. Reel mowers have few moving parts. It’s a fairly uncomplicated machine. Very little could go wrong if you maintain it properly, which means fewer repair bills (and possibly longer lasting).
4. They say reel mowers are better for the grass, since they shear the grass rather than tear it (you’d think a sharp blade would cut rather than shear, but whatever), which means (for whatever reason) less browning due to burned grass tips.
5. They are environmentally friendly. See #2 above. Also #3.
6. They are convenient. They are light and portable. And I can just up and decide to mow my lawn without worrying about gas, oil, getting it to where it needs to be, etc.
7. Related to #6, they are safe. I can mow at any time without having to lock the kids in the house or boarding up the windows to save them from flying debris. Due to their shearing action, reel mowers are effective at any speed. The blades don’t need to be turning very fast to cut the grass.
8. They are fun. I don’t know if it’s nostalgia, or watching little bits of grass thrown into the air above the blade, or the soft sound of grass being sliced between the blades, or maybe it’s everything from #1-7 above, but I actually look forward to mowing my lawn with this thing.
To be fair, there are some negatives: they’re not practical for large lawns (unless you get one of them big riding reel mowers), they take more time because you have to rake (debatable—reel mowers are so convenient that one doesn’t spend much time fussing with the contraption before starting to actually mow), but the positives far outweigh the negatives.
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