If you’ve seen the Scotts Classic lawnmower and like it, but think it’s a bit heavy, then you’re going find the Deluxe Light reel mower made by the same American Lawnmower Company interesting.
Scotts Classic Deluxe Light Reel Mower
Basically, it’s described as a much lighter version of the classic design, weighing just 27 lbs. It has quite a wide cutting width (18″), and you can set the blades for a variety of cutting heights between 0.5″ and 2.5″, which is pretty average for a reel mower.
When you buy one of these mowers, you’ll get it in a 2.13 cubic foot box, and all you have to do is attach the bright-plated loop-type handle to the mower. According to the instructions, this shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes. Then you can get straight out into the garden and start mowing.
This particular reel mower has five blades in all and a ball bearing reel. The roller is adjustable, as are the wheels that can be positioned at three different heights, depending on your needs.
The manufacturer also has some useful tips for anyone planning to buy one of the Scotts Classic Deluxe Light reel mowers. First of all they warn that whilst they are great for mowing grass, you shouldn’t try and cut dandelions or other tall weeds. If you’re faced with tall weeds, on a new lot for instance, have a look at the cordless string trimmers on the market. These will cut long weeds, and the experts say that they are also great for the edges of the lawn.
The makers of this mower also advise people to mow their lawns every week; if you don’t take this advice they say it’s going to be difficult to push the manual mower through the long grass, particularly in the growing season.
This pretty little powder blue number is kind of toy-like in appearance, or perhaps rather like those trolleys you can buy for suitcases. But as the blurb says, it is in fact a hand cylinder lawnmower, better known as a reel mower in some parts of the world, including America. It is manufactured by the British company Gardena and is available all over the world.
Designed specifically for cutting grass and lawn areas in private gardens up to about 100 square metres or about 1 100 square feet, the manufacturers boast that you will achieve a precision mowing job as you would if you were to use shears. Cutting a lawn with shears would be so laborious though, it’s doubtful how precise the final result would be.
Other advantages, they say, are that it runs very smoothly and is quiet, saving the user effort. The cutting technique is what they call “contact-free” because the cylinder and the bottom blade don’t touch each other. Working widths and adjustment heights are given in metric measurements. The working or cutting width is 300 mm (about 11 ins) and the cutting height may be adjusted from 12 mm to 42 mm (about .5 ins to 1.6 ins). As lightweight as it looks, it weighs 7.6 kg or less than 17 lbs.
The manufacturers advise that you use the mower with a grass collecting bag so that you don’t have to rake up all the cut grass when you’ve finished mowing. But this is an optional accessory and will cost you a little more to add it on. Still it sounds like a good idea that should make your life a whole lot easier. I wonder what color the grass catcher is!
This little video clip is not likely to win any awards, even in a specialist gardening category. Entitled The New Reel Mower, it’s all of 54 seconds long and shows a Scotts Classic Reel Mower in its plastic, in its box. Then the producers show you the parts that come with the mower, and an instruction manual. Then you can watch a man wearing shorts and a hat mowing his lawn. Not terribly informative, although you will get the idea that there’s some assembly work to be done before you can start mowing your lawn.
So basically what this video shows is a new reel mower! I suppose that is what the title says.
If you want to know more about the Scotts Classic Reel Mower, you’re going to have to do a little bit more searching. The thing is that the Scotts Classic is probably the reel mower that is most like standard gasoline mowers – but without any air pollution or other harmful effects. It offers a 20″ cut and you can cut as high as 3″ and as low as 1″. It’s a bit heavier than some of the other reel mowers, weighing about 30 lbs. But that’s not too heavy to push around the garden, unless you have weak arm muscles or little strength.
Other pros that people talk about is that they say it’s a useful and eco-friendly product. That figures since it’s a reel mower and reel mowers are indeed eco-friendly. They also say that it’s reliable as well as light (that has to be relative) and easy to manage.
This good-looking, yellow reel mower made by McCullogh Products has most of the features of other top-of-the-range models. For example, it has a generous cutting width of 20″ and the handles have a soft and comfortable foam grip.
McCullogh 20" Reel Mower
There are four rust-resistant steel blades, and the cutting height of the mower can be adjusted from 1.888″ to 2.888″. This is a weird dimension that doesn’t even relate accurately to a metric comparison, since 48 mm is equal to exactly 1.889 76″ and 74 mm is equal to more than 2.9″. But maybe it does have something to do with metrication.
This mower also has four tires. The larger front tires measure 10″ x 2″ and the smaller back tires measure 6″ x 2″. It is however quite heavy, weighing in at 48.4 lbs.
McCullogh is part of Husqvarna, a company that prides itself as a global leader in outdoor and other power products, including tools. Their products, for forestry, lawns and gardens are available in more than 100 countries that are classified as North America and “the rest of the world.” Brands include Gardena, Flymo, Partner, Poulan, WeedEater and of course McCullogh.
Since this reel mower comes from the McCullogh stable it is reassuring to learn that they have been around for more than 60 years. You may also want to know that they boast products that we can use “easily and comfortably” and that you can rely on technology, as well as functional ergonomics and design. That must be important when you’re looking for a reliable reel mower.
In this video, Lars from CleanAirGardening.com presents “a terrific German-made mower” that he recommends. It is the Brill Razorcut 38 Push Reel Lawn Mower that comes from, you guessed it, Germany.
The Brill Razorcut 38 is, says Lars, very similar to the Luxus 38. It weighs only 17 pounds, so it is easy to pick up and maneuver. You can even hang it up in your garage to save space.
Like the Luxus 38, the Brill Razorcut 38 Push Reel Mower has five welded steel blades and it works on the silent-cut principle. What this means is that the blades don’t make contact with the cutter bar and so there isn’t any metal-on-metal friction when it works. Because the blades have a flat edge, rather than a sharp edge, you don’t need to sharpen them; all you do is to adjust them from time to time.
According to Lars, the Brill Razorcut 38 comes with an improved handle design. The mower is supplied in a box and even though the handles are supplied loose, it takes less than ten minutes to attach them to the mower. Better still, you don’t need any tools.
The Brill Razorcut 38 has a 38 cm cutting width, which is about 15″, and it can be adjusted to between 15 and 45 cm for cutting. That gives it a cutting height from about ¾” to just less than 2″, making it quite versatile. Adjusting the cutting height is simple, as Lars demonstrates. All you have to do is turn the little orange knobs on either side of the mower.
While the Brill Razorcut 38 is a good choice for most grasses, Lars says that if you’ve got a thick grass like St Augustine, Bermuda or Zoysia growing in your garden, then you will need to use a mower that is heavier than this one. That seems to be its only disadvantage.