Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 130
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jaysthename The quietest cut
This manual reel mower is a fine choice if you have a fairly flat yard (or very gently slopes) and don't mind working your arms and shoulders a little bit. It's quiet and it cuts grass at a few different heights between 1" to 2.5". The fact that it requires practically no maintenance, eliminates the cost and need for gasoline (or batteries), and is extremely quiet compared to motorized mowers were the primary reasons I chose a reel mower, and the lower price is obviously another tick in the plus column. On the down side, the mower is stopped in its tracks by sticks and branches, even small ones, so you'll need to rake or pick those up from your yard before you mow (or else stop frequently to do so while mowing). As far as construction, it has a nice solid feel to it and it was easy to assemble, although the handle grips are cheap and not very comfortable to use. Wearing a pair of gloves would solve that problem.
June 24, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by YardMommy LOVE this! Mowing is finally fun and easy!
I am 5 ft hundred pound female who used to own a riding lawn mower for an acre lawn. I HATED mowing. So much frustration getting stuck on hills and filling the gas and stalling out...I always put off mowing. Now I have a small fescue lawn...maybe 400 sq. ft? It takes me about 20 minutes to do two passes with this little guy. No setup or breakdown or frustration It cuts so easily and is a bit of a workout, but way more fun than doing curls to a workout movie! I chose to go bagless do to poor reviews on the bag models, and don't regret it for a second. I just go back over the sidewalk with a push broom to get the few clippings that don't end up on the turf. I also picked the smallest model because I am small and so is my yard. You may prefer to go 20 " if your situation is different. It does get stuck on sticks, but rare for me to run into them. Obviously would have not been practical for my FL st. Augustine large yard with pinecones and sticks and all kinds of obstacles... but for my little CA yard.. I LOVE this. Doesn't stink up my garage and I can't wait for mowing day each week! Also doesn't bother my son's asthma and at 3 years old, he is learning to push this too. Our neighbors all stop and comment like we're nuts, but I'm saving a bundle taking care of my own yard and don't have to worry about lawn companies spreading other folks' weeds on my lawn from their blades any more.
March 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Perfect Reel Lawn Mower
This was easy to assemble, and cuts great. The perfect size mower for a small yard, a great green alternative for keeping the yard beautiful.
April 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GreenDaddy Was not what I came to buy, but...
After doing some thorough research on Consumer Reports, I arrived at Home Depot to buy the top of the line EGO electric battery mower. I knew right away it wouldn't fit into my car, so off to the right was a Scott's classic reel mower for $99.99. Starting out i saved $400 and thought I was way ahead and the coming task would be a breeze.
The reel mower was simple to assemble, and having read the negative reviews on the grips, I reinforced the provided grips with some grip tape.
The mowing was tough at the start--my grass was 9" tall and full of thick weeds. Once I goethe hang of it it was simpler. The sound is different and a bit relaxing. I received numerous looks and comments from my neighbors. Overall, the mower is a terrific value, it provides a nice workout and is perhaps the most "green" mower around. I would recommend to any and all.
April 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HFleming Great for small yard
We moved to a house with a very small yard and didn't need a gas-powered mower. This push mower is perfect. I didn't mine the manual labor, good exercise (5'2", 110lb woman). Good value. Easy to put together. Watch out for sticks before mowing.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JustThea Very satisfied
Bought the 16" reel mower after trying out a friend's, and as expected it mowed my fairly flat grass plot to my satisfaction. Yes, a stick will stop the mower's forward progress. Easy to solve, and expected. The key is that it is lightweight, and that's a plus for a small woman with minimum upper body strength. Not sure (nor do I care) how it does with long weeds. My grass is about 4-5 inches when it gets cut. This mower doesn't scalp it. And (heaven forbid) it's fun to use. My neighbor came over in the middle of a job and commandeered it, and had a ball running it to and fro. Assembly was fairly easy for me -- the guy stocking on the aisle with the mowers put it together for me right in the store. If you have a really tough job (tall grass, leaves, rocks and sticks) get a gas-powered mower. This mower keeps a well maintained lawn groomed.
May 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Swampbuggy88 A little noisy, but does the job
I've used quieter push mowers like this, but you can only expect so much at this price point. It cuts well and isn't too heavy.
April 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bob2193 Very Good Machine for Small Lawns
Started cutting right out of the box without making any adjustments. First cut of season, so in some areas grass was more than 4 inches tall and contained some weeds. Both are difficult for any reel mower to handle in a single cutting. Not unexpected. By adjusting the cutting technique, it cut well and the lawn was completed, approximate 4600 sq ft, in a very short period of time using no more than the expected amount of effort for a push reel mower.
While the light weight is a plus for most people, I personally prefer the heavier weight of the old steel and wood constructed type of by-gone. I believe they held to the ground better, but that is my own personal opinion.
It is a good little machine, especially for the price. Smooth operation and easy to use. Performed well and I was completely satisfied with the results.
Three suggestions for first time reel mower users: (1) Use a spray lubricant such as WD40 on the blades at the start of cutting. (2) Check for proper cutting technique. Reels require a slightly different cutting approach than rotary. (3) Rake the lawn first to remove debris the mower wasn’t designed to cut and could also cause damage to the machine.
April 29, 2015