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Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 arenât for everyone, but I am hooked. I love the sound of mowing!
February 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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