Push reel mowers are better for your grass’ health.
Your typical rotary mower has a spinning blade that chops the top of the grass as it rotates, like a helicopter, resulting in torn and shredded leaves. Instead of tearing and chopping your grass, a reel mower cuts it just like a pair of scissors. When grass is cut uncleanly, it is more prone to pests and disease. A cut that is clean heals faster. Leaving your lawn less likely to have that brown hue that many urban lawns get. The reel mower’s superior cut is the reason why groundskeepers at professional baseball stadiums and golf courses use large reel mowers pulled by tractors.
Push reel mowers are quiet and don’t emit any pollution
Without an engine, a reel push mower is both quiet and clean. The newer models are easy to maneuver and super quiet. You don’t have to worry about bothering the neighbours or overfilling your gas tank, spilling fuel all over everything. An the 2-stroke exhaust is gone as well. With such a quiet machine, you can extend the “mowing window” to a more pleasurable part of the day.
Push reel mowers are hassle-free
The older models like the one in the picture at the top of the page, needed some TLC from time to time. The blades still need to be sharpened, and gears wear out, etc. The newer models that are on the market now are pretty hassle free Their blades can last for years before they even need sharpening! No gas and oil to mix and fill, power cords to not run over, or blades to sharpen.
Push reel mowers exercise your body
Without any self-propelling option, reel mowers are a real workout. Set your own pace, work up a healthy sweat, whatever that is for you, and when you are done, your in better shape for the rest of your day, AND your lawn is mowed.
Push reel mowers are safer than power mowers
Mowing over a grass-hidden rock can turn it into a projectile. Capable of traveling 200 mph and taking out someone’s eye The power mower’s fast-whirling blades have eaten up children’s toes and hands. Even if your power mower isn’t running, the engine is easily hot enough to burn your skin. If you run over a rock, instead of shooting it out like a bullet, your mower just jams
A couple things to consider…
Most reel mowers are not great for excessively bumpy and overgrown yards, and some reel mowers have a hard time handling extra thick grasses like Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Bermuda. However, there are options out there for these situations and areas, it just may take a little more “umph”.. A larger reel mower, or one with a higher mowing height may still get the task done.