Saturday, January 28, 2012

Reel Mowers

Going green with a people propelled reel mower?  Here are a few tips.

1. Buy quality first. Remembers, tools like reel mowers are an investment. I recently worked on one that was over 40 years old!  ( Look for good reel mowers at yard and estate sales!) Look at the quality of the parts, the fit and finish of the welds and connectors.  Check the warranty information, and the availablity of replacement parts.

2.  Learn how to properly adjust your mower.  The blades should just touch the bed. You should hear a little "click, click, click" as they turn.  If they clank together, you can ruin the blades.  If you don't know how to adjust your blades, consult your owners manual. If you don't have a manual, your local reel mower sharpening shop can teach you.

3.  Remember, some grasses are harder to work with than others. Bermuda, Zoysia, etc. are a LOT harder to cut than Fescue.  If you have lots of weeds, consider using a regular rotary mower. Reel mowers aren't made for cutting tall weeds.  Make sure you clear the lawn of any rocks and sticks, as these can damage your mower.

Going green can be good for the environment, but also reel mowers have several side benefits. You get more exercise, your lawn has that nice, lined look,  and for smaller yards, you don't have to store a large mower.
You just hang the reel mower on the wall of the garage!

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