Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 101
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SLRNBSN It is great for females!
Love the ease of putting it together and using it. My grass was high when I first used it so I did have to go over the grass twice on different heights. After getting the grass under control I am able to do the whole yard in less than 20 mins. I love it because as a female I did not want to have to deal with gas or anything. Good for the environment.
April 13, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 7onus Great for small yard.
This mower was perfect for the size yard I've got. It was really easy to set up, tune, and use. As other reviewers have noted, the bag didn't stay attached. I just took it off and found the clippings were not a big deal. I paired this with an 18V cordless trimmer to "go green" and I am very happy with this purchase.
March 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Eric Gas vs. Ellison Manual
I live in an urban neighborhood with a relatively small grass lot. My gas mower recently died, and I thought I should give the manual version a try. For me the decision came down to reducing my carbon footprint, and minimizing the space in my already cramped shed. I must say at first I was skeptical about the performance of the Ellison manual mower. For me, time in the yard is time that I could be using for much more enjoyable activities. Half expecting that mowing with the Ellison would take longer than my prior gas mower, I thought there was a chance that I'd need to return this product after the trial run. I am happy to report back that I'll be hanging on to this little guy and tossing out the old gas guzzler. I was pleasantly surprised with the first spin through the yard for several reasons:
1) I was expecting a full workout with the manual mower. But the drive system is very smooth and requires less effort than was required for my gas mower. This is likely due to the fact that the Ellison Mower is very lightweight and has smooth bearings. 2) Cornering is a cinch. I used to chew up my yard with the gas mower when turning and reversing directions. The Ellison mower steers very smoothly and doesn't shred the turf. 3) Blade adjustability works great. I tried out a couple of height settings with the blade adjustment mechanism and found that my sweet spot is setting number 2. Setting 1 got stuck in high spots on the yard, and setting 3 was a bit higher than I prefer. It's very easy to switch between these settings. 4) The grass clipping bag works great for emptying your clippings into a yard waste bag. There are small hook features that are sized perfectly to keep the yard waste bag open when emptying in the clippings (see related pic).
The one downside to this type of mower is that it seems harder to achieve the mowing "lines" that you can get with heavier gas machines. For me though, this is a very minor tradeoff, since my mowing lines have never been very good anyway. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase, and I would highly recommend it to others with a small yard looking for a compact, eco-friendly and functional mower.
July 17, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lovestomow I couldn't be happier
This mower has been a pleasant surprise in every respect. Came out of the box and went together in seconds. No tools required. At only about 30 pounds, it is so light and easy to maneuver. Yet it is very rigid and strong when you need to bare down on it. Cuts my lawn great and does it without all the noise, fumes and a cloud of dust. The grass bag is oversized and there is a positionable panel that you adjust to make sure the clippings go in the bag. You can also remove the bag and mulch, using the adjustable panel to direct clippings down into the lawn. Reel mowers probably aren’t for everyone, but I am hooked. I love the sound of mowing!
February 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jess616 Great Eco-Friendly Option
I have a small flat lot and always found it to be a struggle to operate my old gas powered mower.
Thats why after reading some reviews on this one, I purchased it. I was more than pleasantly surprised!
Assembly was simple and required no tools. The different height selections are really convenient.
The mower is super easy to operate and isn't more difficult than pushing a shopping cart. I just finished mowing the grass in less time than it took with my old traditional mower.
There are some areas of my yard where I do go over twice but I think that is due to the grass type I have. I would recommend this mower to anyone!
All and all its a fantastic product!
May 11, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Laydelei LOVE IT !
Having mostly St. Augustine grass and weeds, I was discouraged by many to not buy a reel mower, but had to give this a try because of the reviews previously posted. Out of the box, and together in a snap, no tools required. I have a 50'x150' piece of property and did 1/2 the back yard in 30 minutes! it cuts like a hot knife through butter, even tackled the weeds and extra long grass. So easy to push, and the grass catcher really catches all the grass! It's extra large so I don't have to dump it every pass of the yard. I have limited mobility on my one shoulder, so starting a regular gas mower is out of the question. With this, I just have to walk. What a great product.
February 20, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by jkmp Only if you have a golf course or a perfect yard
My husband told me not to buy it, but I was so encouraged by the other reviews that I couldn't wait to get the mower and reduce my carbon footprint. I received it quickly and it was easy to put together. I felt it was very good quality for the money. I immediately took it out to the yard and every 2 feet it would get stuck on grass that was in a lump or a high weed. I tried going sideways, backwards, and even the back yard...just so I wouldn't have to hear the words "I told you so". Took it to Home Depot and bought a gas powered mower and have been listening to "I told you so" for the last 2 weeks!
May 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Melissa Mixed feelings
Well, I'm still contemplating taking advantage of the 90 day return. I bought this mower because I was tired of fighting the gas powered kind and I'm not afraid of the exercise it provides, but the plastic housing seems cheap and fragile and I don't have much hope of it lasting for the long term. I have a small yard and I mow one direction in the back and then the front and come back and mow perpendicular to my original path across the back. Two directional mowing seems to be the only way to get a nice finished cut. The grass is a very thin blade type and that may make it harder to get a clean cut the first time. I would say the mower is worth a try. It is not going to meet everyone's needs.
June 16, 2012