Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 183
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 6pack 20" Scotts Reel Mower
Easy to assemble - Mowing the lawn in 15 minutes! Very light and easy to maneuver. We have a small inner city lot in Calgary and it's perfect for the small lot that doesn't require a gas lawn mower. The key advantage to this mower is the flexible height adjustment (up to 3") I would highly recommend this model if you're considering a push mower.
May 23, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kenshi Prepare to sweat
I would not recommend this mower for someone who is used to a self propelled mower and expects to exert little force. This mower will require you to exert a bit of force. If you regularly mow your lawn every few days this is right for you but if you expect to be able to cut 2 inches of length off your lawn then go with a gas mower.
April 23, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JayR Great Mower
I have a lawn on 2 levels of my backyard and have to carry my mower up 6 stone steps to cut the grass. This mower is lightweight, easy to push, and very effective. It has a wide range of height settings as well, so I don't worry about cutting the lawn too short during the heat of the summer.
September 3, 2007
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Edvins Great!
These things are great. I upgraded from a 14" to a 20". Of course it's more work, takes 2 passes 1 way and a 3rd pass perpendicular to it for mowing, but then again everyone could use the excercise. My lawn is actually healthier than my neighbours 3 years in a row using this thing.
May 10, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by edmontonshopper Scotts Lawnmower
This lawnmower has worked very well for us. My sons take it out to the lawn and away they go. I like this product as does not require electricity or gas. My son goes out and does the lawn. It cuts the grass very well and was easy to push.
August 31, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mchalmer I am very impressed. Easy to push and works well. What a treat to cut the grass and not have to wear ear protection
May 28, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fusishy New Gym Membership
I'm not one to compare, but I like to think I have an above average sized lawn with fairly thick grass and this mower does a good job at keeping up with it. For a little wild look I'll pass one time over with the mower, for a well kept and properly groomed lawn I'll pass over a second time and if you think you may get lucky, go for a third. An added plus, this will give you a good work out once a week.
Not for the weak willed though, takes a good amount of effort and each lawn is different. Would recommend to take a rake and combing out as many twigs as possible before mowing. The smallest of twigs will bring you to an abrupt stop.
June 4, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by pulsev2 Scotts 20" push reel mower. great for manicured lawns.If your lawn is out of control, use gas mower first.
Just brought home the 20" Scotts reel mower. Put it to the test on my average size lawn. I would say my yard has serious issues. Matter of fact, its a disgrace. Rental property. Severe nasty weed patches, and 40% dry/dead, due to CA drought. The problem is, between the severe weed patches and the dry stuff, there is some actual decent grass, now grown to about 7 inches due to my recent gas mower failure. No sticks or debris.But the ground is bumpy and uneven, with a hill in the middle.
What I found was, in a nutshell, that anything longer than approximately 4 inches will not be cut, or at least not in one pass. I have the mower set to max height, which is 3 inches. The mechanics of the mower basically cant handle a full pass of lawn at 5 or six inches. It will take approximately a 30% hack off the top, and will not be even at all. Then you have to take another pass, and bring it down again. Then probably a third pass to get it to look normal, or even. possibly a fourth pass.
When it comes to weeds, I have a beautiful variety. I have the long, thin grassy shoots that extend roughly a foot, even though they look like grass. The mower wont touch these AT ALL, BECAUSE THEY WONT ENTER THE BLADES DUE TO THE LENGTH AND THE ANGLE. THIS MOWER IS MADE FOR THINGS TO ENTER THE CUTTERS VERTICALLY. ANY OTHER ANGLE WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BE CUT. They just get ran over, and over, and over. Like magic, the mower will not cut these weeds. I also have the longer, tougher spindley kind of weeds which are about a foot long, and grow in a big patch. Despite probably 6 passes from all directions, the mower basically wont cut these either due to length. The blades will definitely handle the material, just not the length.
I have the bag removed from the mower.
In the few places where my lawn is actually normal length, just dry, the mower made nice work of it, in one pass. Grass was probably 3 1/2-4 in long.
The mover makes a fairly quiet hissing sound when pushed.
Effort required-Average. I had been using a standard push gas mower prior to this, and the amount of force is about the same. Forget the nightmare stories. It does, however, take a little getting used to holding it in the correct position for the wheels to track effectively, thereby spinning the blades well.
Bottom line is If you have a wild lawn situation and you are looking to own a reel mower, they are not made for wild stuff. Use a gas mower to knock it down, then bring in a reel mower. If anything, it has encouraged me to pay more attention to my lawn by letting me know how bad my weed problem/dry problem is. I will be purchasing weed killer, and starting to take better care of my lawn, because I actually enjoy using the mower, despite repeated passes for now. I feel good knowing I dont have to worry about gas, oil, spark plugs, carburetor problems, exhaust, waking neighbors at 7am,etc.. The ideal situation for this lawn mower is a manicured lawn maintained regularly. One pass, quick, easy, and neat.
October 11, 2014