I love this mower!
1st Plus: this mower always starts. 2nd: it almost rolls itself across the lawn/garden area. 3rd: I have hills, mounds, fine grass, coarse grass, dandelions, ferns, and it cuts all with ease. The only limitation is the operator's stamina. It also is amazingly light-weight. A question: How do you recommend it to be sharpened? It looks to be almost 'self sharpening' ?? I don't have a service shop in my small town/area.
June 30, 2011
Can't use standard sharpening kit with this reel mower
Wish I had never purchased this mower. I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad product but it does have a particularly annoying design flaw. The crank handle that comes with standard sharpening kits does not fit over the reel shaft. These kits are pretty much universal so it should fit over it just fine but the reel shaft is slightly too large. Without the ability to perform such a simple task as sharpening the blades it's really not worth much. The idea of taking it a professional to sharpen it is absurd. Why would I do that when it's so easy to do myself (if the design were better). Also, other comments on here state that the mower doesn't perform well after a professional sharpens it.
Now, it's just going to sit in my basement gathering dust until I can figure out a way to rig up something to substitute for the crank handle.
April 14, 2015
Same problem as most that I see here. I have a very small yard & after the first summer, the gears were slipping and the product made my lawn look like Edward Scissorhands was drunk. If it was a $40 mower, I would say "ok you get what you pay for." But at the same cost as an average gas mower with much higher reviews, by another manufacturer of course, it's a waste of money.
July 2, 2014
Used for three months cut grass good when kept short but cheep plastic gear wore out after only three months of cutting. Now I have to buy new part.
April 15, 2013
This mower is perfect for your small garden.
I have used the mower for four weeks now and am impressed with the ease of pushing it and the great job it does for my lawn. Perfect for tiff green grass. I have my own putting green in my back yard now. I used to have a service to do my lawn but he did not have a reel mower and almost ruined my new lawn so I let him go and am now doing it myself and it is perfect.
February 5, 2013
Less a dozen mows and the mower is no longer functioning. The cheep plastic gears don't catch; the large wheels are spinning but the blade is not.
When it did work the angle you needed to push at was not comfortable. Causes a lot of back strain.
Considering it don't last two months before being unusable, the price is unacceptable.
May 19, 2012
This is my first experience with a reel mower. I mowed today for the first time this year (which is always the worst). I had very tall clumpy grass due to all the rain we have had in this area. This mower would stop dead in it's tracks at some clumps of very tall grass, but my power mower would stall out too. A little work and it did eventually win out over the tall grasses. I honestly think this is easier than my clumsy heavy self propelled mower and it was nice to be able to just stop and toss something out of the way and not have to worry about killing myself trying to restart the mower again. On normal length grass this mower was just about effortless. I loved the fact that it's quiet and didn't stir up bugs the way my power mower does and the birds didn't even pay any attention to me while I was mowing. I mainly bought it for areas of my yard that are too steep to safely mow with a power mower, but I am thinking now that I might just use it more than for certain areas. It was almost fun! I can pick it up and carry it where ever I want to and I certainly couldn't do that with my other mower. No gas is so nice. No, they don't cut everything all perfect, but that's ok by me, it still does a really nice job.
March 24, 2012
After owning several lesser known brands, I decided to spend the money and buy what I thought would be top of the line but was I ever wrong. This mower represents the worst engineering I have ever seen - as soon as you start pushing, the roller (light plastic) lifts off the ground and the blades start hacking. No matter what you do, this mower will not cut evenly. Save your money and buy one less expensive - you will get a much better value.
August 1, 2011