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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 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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by JJ75 A better way to mow
Was WAY skeptical of reverting to an old school mower like this, even after seeing my neighbors use them. Definitely do your research, they're not created equally. The Ellison has better gearing and pushes a lot easier and gives a cleaner cut. My back yard is small, but uneven and it powered through and looked well manicured when it was done. It also has a grass bag - key! Lots of the others don't. I actually look forward to mowing now. No fumes, no noise, no raking. Awesome product. Would definitely recommend.
February 23, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve The best I've used
I’m kind of a lawn geek, so I know I am more into these things than most people. I am totally into how much better a reel mower cut is for the health of your grass, and I like not having the mess of gas and oil. So I have had two previous reel mowers, but I have been most impressed with this one. First, I can’t live without a grass bag and this one is the best I’ve seen. It has an extra large bag with an adjustable deflector that works to make sure the grass goes into the bag instead of all over you. During the dry season, when my grass is growing slower, I can also position this shield for mulching. The main structural member of the mower is an aluminum extrusion, so it is very strong, yet it is very light weight to push around. The 1-touch height adjustment is nice, and the handle is solid and comfortable. I don't really have any negatives to report. The mower is well built overall and I have been very happy with it so far. I think my lawn is happy too.
February 7, 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by Shorty Not your daddy's pushmower
Unable to pull-start my power mower due to a shoulder injury, I opted for the Ellison push mower to cut my
St. Augustine grass yard. It's light and well-made and has a grass catcher. It does a respectable job so long as the grass is not too tall, as I found out when the first time I used the mower and the grass was almost 8 inches tall. I had to go over the lawn two or three times that day. When the grass has grown 1-2 inches, it works pretty well with one pass. It's not perfect, but it does a pretty good job overall. Also, it's not too heavy and it provides a pretty good cardiovascular workout.
August 31, 2011