The Good and Bad of Reel Lawn Mowers

Posted on 17th February 2011 in Home & Garden

As everyone takes a second look at their lawn maintenance habits, more and more people are turning to reel lawn mowers to make their lawns healthier and be a better steward for the environment. But there are both good and bad points to the reel lawn mowers and in this article we’ll cover those different points so you can make an educated decision.

We’ll start off by talking about the good. Reel mowers are a win-win-win for your lawn, your health and the environment. They provide tremendous exercise that really isn’t much more than just walking around your lawn. They are also much better for your lawn because the blades on a reel mower use a sheering action to cut the grass instead of a tearing motion. This is a cleaner cut that doesn’t stress the grass and helps keeps its defenses intact and prevents lawn diseases and insect infestation. Finally, there are no fumes and no exhaust to worry about and the mower is much quieter so it’s a lot better for both the environment at large and your neighborhood.

But as with just about anything, it’s not perfect. They have a hard time tackling weeds and thick, overgrown grass, oftentimes requiring two or more passes before cutting every blade. This will make for a long time and, in fact, cutting with a reel mower takes a lot of time; a lot more than a rotary mower.

The good news is there are some hybrid mowers that offer the best combination of both environmentally friendliness and human convenience. The electric reel mowers do a great job of taking the negative aspects (poor grass cutting, lightweight) and overcoming them by providing a battery powered mower to cut down the grass. And if you want to speed up the process of mowing you might prefer electric mowers because they have a wider cutting swatch and can take on the thicker grasses.

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