It’s actually spelled “REEL”, but whatever. It’s the real deal, so I thought it could use a spelling change.
We finally got to use the new mower that Steve got for Christmas last year! Here it is, still in the box when it arrived:
Now that it’s finally warmed up here in Indianapolis, we had a chance to take this baby for a spin.
The verdict? We’re slightly masochistic and crazy.
Ok, let me break this down for you. This is a GREAT mower. The blades are sharp, it’s well-built, it’s quiet, and doesn’t need gas. Another item to add to the “pro” list is that we love the way it cuts. It is also a workout, which depending how you look at it could be a pro or a con. (Last Sunday I decided mowing the lawn while Steve was at work would be my workout — so I sorta had that mindset when I started, which helped.)
It also might just be our springtime grass. It’s thick and it grows super fast, which is a terrible combo. To get the mower to plow through the thick grass you literally have to get a running start. Unless you have the upper body strength of a linebacker.
I’m not sure if you can tell in this picture, but Steve is going all Forrest Gump. He is a runnin’.
But look at that grass shooting out of there! This mower does a bang-up job of cleanly cutting the grass.
And to be totally and completely fair, the mower glides smooth-as-can-be over the grass that isn’t jungle-thick. (The grass back there by the two Bradford Pears gets a fair amount of shade, which means it doesn’t grow rogue.)
Our yard extends about 12 feet past those trees and the fence, into a fairly deep ditch. The Reel Mower was definitely not going to work down there, so we snatched up a secondhand mower for fifty bucks off of one of Steve’s coworkers. It’s nice to have that for the wild jungle behind the fence.
All in all we really do like the reel mower and we love being green, but it is nice to have back up in the form of gas power in case we ever need the extra boost.
Steve can tell you all about gas power, if you know what I’m sayin’.
Have any of you ever used a reel mower? What did you think?