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20 x 24 x 42.5 inches
American Lawn Mower Company
– May 7, 2022
Okay first of all, I’d just like to say that I am autistic, and I absolutely LOATHE mowing the lawn. The mower is too loud, the vibrating of the handle makes my arms go numb, and I can never quite pull on the cord hard enough to get it started by myself. I always have to find someone else to turn it on for me. And not to mention the fact that the smell of gasoline gives me a headache.
So I finally decided to see if any old-fashioned mowers still existed, because I would much rather deal with something slower and time-consuming if it meant I wouldn’t have to deal with using a normal lawn mower.
Imagine my surprise when I found that there are /new/ manual lawnmowers, and I can just order them from Amazon!
So I decided I had nothing left to lose, and I would give it a try.
Best. Decision. EVER.
NOTE OF ADVICE: If you have difficulty putting it together (specifically, attaching the handle to the blade part), find someone with more upper-body strength to help you. They’ll get it done in two seconds. (it took me half an hour of attempting to do so before I gave up and waited for my sister to get home so she could help me)
Also: it only cuts while you’re pushing it forward, so all you have to do to move it when you’re not cutting is to pull it along behind you.
As for cutting grass? I love it. It works perfectly, aside from a few snags on branches that I didn’t notice. If you move it forward and back a few times, you can cut even tall weeds! Much easier than pulling them out by hand in the areas that the normal gas mower can’t reach.
It’s not silent, but it’s also not the deafening roar of a gas mower. If I had to describe the sound, I’d say it’s a whooshing sound, and much much quieter than a gas mower. Plus, you don’t have to deal with your arms vibrating or constantly having to turn the mower back on!
No more buying gas, no more struggling to pull on the cord hard enough to turn the mower on, and no more complicated wire-pulling to turn it off.
All I have to do is push forward, and the grass gets cut. Stop walking, and it stops cutting. It’s easy to maneuver, and it’s not so heavy that I can’t pick it up and carry it up a flight of stairs to my porch if I need to.
I’m never using a gas mower again.
– June 14, 2022
Holy Manoly. Susan here. Put the thing together in ten minutes (had to find a small spanner to keep hold of the bolt head while I turned the knobs on tight for the handle assembly).
I’m going to add four photos to this review to show you just how long our grass was/is … and how much little old me got done in 25 minutes.
It’s 90°F outside and I had to come on in. Notice I DID wear a hat! Great way for me to drop 10 lbs (one of the reasons I bought the little thing). Great arm exercise and stomach too … not to mention the legs with all the walking! Will put sunscreen on later on.
Don’t worry, I WILL NOT be cutting all 2.34 acres with this! (We have a SCAG mower that needs a repair hence a quick eighty-buck purchase delivered in two days!) I am REALLY pleased with it straight out of the box. I didn’t adjust the cutting blade height … I just pushed it and away I went! I did have to go over some areas twice — no surprise — the grass is L-O-N-G so I did a few overlaps too, just like I would with the power SCAG mower in dense areas.
I like the way you can pull it backwards on its rear rollers (keeping the blades off my concrete patio!) so you can move it to store it. Yes, it’s light enough to lift and carry but obviously KEEP your HANDS away from the blades. Nuff said.
The Bees Knees
– June 14, 2022
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This is a great little mower! It was easy enough to assemble, the mower is already put together you just have to add the handle. Very easy to push. I only had two issues: 1. Even the tiniest twig can stop this puppy. I had to rake first and even still I found myself having to pick sticks out of the wheel. 2. It is hard to get the perimeter of a building mowed. The wheels stick out a few inches from the mower which left a line of un-mowed grass around the building.The included video is one-handed, so that is why I had some issues pushing. With two hands it works great!—–If you found my review helpful, please click the “Yes” button below! 🙂
The Bees Knees
– July 18, 2022
I love this little manual grass cutter. I really love it. And I have a yard with lots of sticks.
I live on a wooded hillside lot. My front yard is tiny and drops off with steep slope (think cliff) and my other grassy area is up above a retaining wall behind the house. I didn’t like using a power mower in the front yard because it felt like the heavy mower wanted to go over the cliff when I got close to the edge. And lugging the power mower up the retaining wall steps out back was a pain. So I bought the lightest, smallest model of this reel mower and couldn’t be happier.
I see lots of complaints about the reel getting jammed on sticks. Sticks do jam the reel, but I found that the jam is pretty easily cleared by using your foot to tap the reel back towards you (just step on a blade and push it down), or if that doesn’t work, rocking the mower forward a little (sort of walking it, one wheel, then the next) does the trick. I’ve only had to actually bend down and pull out a stick a few times.
The mower is so light that I can easily carry it up the stairs to the top of the retaining wall. I’m a woman, in her 50s, and in moderately good shape.
And it does a really nice job of cutting the grass. You need to take you time and maybe go over spots with high grass a few times. But I find is kind of relaxing and fun. Have you ever used one of those old-fashioned carpet sweepers? It’s kind of like that.
Oh! And it’s quiet. No motor. Just the sound of the reel turning. Mow in the morning and not wake your neighbors 🙂
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