Reel Mower Recommendations

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Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:35 pm

Started looking at some reel mowers for our new house next month. The yard is roughly 15k sq ft. Will be putting in a pool next year and re-sodding. Question is what size reel mower should I go with? Front yard will have a slope, back should be pretty flat and sides little slope near house. I inquired about a 26" baroness that someone near me had but I believe it sold. Thanks!

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by walk1355 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:48 pm

MOCcock8 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:35 pm
Started looking at some reel mowers for our new house next month. The yard is roughly 15k sq ft. Will be putting in a pool next year and re-sodding. Question is what size reel mower should I go with? Front yard will have a slope, back should be pretty flat and sides little slope near house. I inquired about a 26" baroness that someone near me had but I believe it sold. Thanks!

I have a 9k sft yard and use a JD 260SL, which is 26" wide. I like it. I think I also would have been happy with a 22".

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:03 pm

Search for “used Baroness mower for sale”. There are more available I believe.
My 26 shipped today.
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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:15 pm

This baroness was 5 minutes away and looked great. Just wondering really if I needed say the 26" baroness, 260 JD or Toro 1600 vs the 22" ones. Don't want to cut all day. Also, wondering if my sloped mattered a ton. Trying to get all the info I can.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:19 pm

A big plus with Baroness is all gear driven. No belts or chains to deal with. I bought that mower about 4 hours after he listed it, like a new mower with 3 hours on it.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:34 pm

ThomasPI wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:19 pm
A big plus with Baroness is all gear driven. No belts or chains to deal with. I bought that mower about 4 hours after he listed it, like a new mower with 3 hours on it.
You bought the one I was looking at lol.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:38 pm

MOCcock8 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:34 pm
ThomasPI wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:19 pm
A big plus with Baroness is all gear driven. No belts or chains to deal with. I bought that mower about 4 hours after he listed it, like a new mower with 3 hours on it.
You bought the one I was looking at lol.
Couldn’t pass on it lol. We are building a house but won’t be done till Feb but too hard to pass up for the coin.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:42 pm

ThomasPI wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:38 pm
MOCcock8 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:34 pm
ThomasPI wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:19 pm
A big plus with Baroness is all gear driven. No belts or chains to deal with. I bought that mower about 4 hours after he listed it, like a new mower with 3 hours on it.
You bought the one I was looking at lol.
Couldn’t pass on it lol. We are building a house but won’t be done till Feb but too hard to pass up for the coin.
Stay out my neck of the woods! :lol:

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by smurg » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:43 pm

How steep is the slope and length/width? I'd recommend a home-owner reel if it's significant or a greens mower if not.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:50 pm

smurg wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:43 pm
How steep is the slope and length/width? I'd recommend a home-owner reel if it's significant or a greens mower if not.
Front..might be hard to tell


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Side/side back

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:53 pm

Here''s the posting for the Baroness for sale, there are what I believe to be a limited number left: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9037&hilit=used+ba ... r+for+sale

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by smurg » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:40 pm

MOCcock8 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:50 pm
smurg wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:43 pm
How steep is the slope and length/width? I'd recommend a home-owner reel if it's significant or a greens mower if not.
Front..might be hard to tell


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Side/side back

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That doesn't look so bad.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:50 pm

smurg wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:40 pm
MOCcock8 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:50 pm
smurg wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:43 pm
How steep is the slope and length/width? I'd recommend a home-owner reel if it's significant or a greens mower if not.
Front..might be hard to tell


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Side/side back

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That doesn't look so bad.
Yeah the actually grass part if the front will be a very small area, all my yard will be side and back. Any recs on size? Brand?

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by crzipilot » Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:54 am

I would bird dog that builder to clean that lot before they do final grading. Most won't and just dump dirt or roll the garbage into the final grade. I had a guy that does external clean ups come and grab every piece of trash and scrap around the outside of the house. About 500.00

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by g-man » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:06 am

^+1 and that entrance concrete area needs a proper rock base. It looks like they formed the oath with 2x4 without any rock layer.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:51 am

g-man wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:06 am
^+1 and that entrance concrete area needs a proper rock base. It looks like they formed the oath with 2x4 without any rock layer.
I'm over there everyday since I live two streets over. I will watch to make sure they pick up trash. I'm pretty sure the put down some before pouring but not positive, I'll ask. So...back to size and recommendations... :D

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by g-man » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:52 am

Any size will work. Those slopes look fine to me.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:59 am

g-man wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:52 am
Any size will work. Those slopes look fine to me.
Ok thanks just wondering if for that size yard if I should look for a specific one.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by Mightyquinn » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:59 am

g-man wrote:
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:06 am
^+1 and that entrance concrete area needs a proper rock base. It looks like they formed the oath with 2x4 without any rock layer.
In the South, they rarely every use a rock layer when pouring concrete. As long as they use a tamper machine on the sand he should be just fine :thumbup:

Just FYI, I use to drive a concrete truck and I have poured my fair share of porches, sidewalks and driveways and they NEVER had a gravel base.

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Re: Reel Mower Recommendations

Post by MOCcock8 » Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:38 am

So would you guys look for a 26" or 22" based on a 15k yard or whatever the best deal I can find? Appreciate all the help and this community.

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