Manual reel or gas...

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robertmehrer
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Manual reel or gas...

Post by robertmehrer » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:49 am

I picked up a Scott’s 20” manual reel mower this week. It was dirt cheap at $60... figured I’d give it a go since I don’t have a huge yard to justify a gas powered one.

Is there any benefit to a gas powered reel versus a manual? I like the cut far better than my rotary and it only takes me about 15-20 minutes to cut the front with it.


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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by Babaganoosh » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:57 am

15 to 20 minutes? I'd keep on going with what you have if you like the results. That's a lot of money saved by not buying a gas powered reel mower.

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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by robertmehrer » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:13 am

Babaganoosh wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:57 am
15 to 20 minutes? I'd keep on going with what you have if you like the results. That's a lot of money saved by not buying a gas powered reel mower.

Yea instead of getting the gasser out filling it up checking the deck height tearing the yard up with the self propelled wheels. Yards not huge.

I just seeded for winter about 7 days ago and it was already over 3” so I gave it a cut this morning with the reel


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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by LoveMyLawn » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:24 am

Looks good! I found a Fiskars Stay Sharp Max yesterday at a local discount store for $88.00 I didn't buy it because I honestly don't know anything about them. I was just about to start searching them on here for reviews. Front yard is 2000k and back is 2600k
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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by stogie1020 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:36 pm

I use the Scott's 20" on 900SF of grass and for a small yard it's really good, no gas, no noise, etc. The only down side to the Scott's versus a few other brands is that the Scott's only drops down to a minimum of 1" cut height while a few others will go to 1/2".

I tried modifying my Scott's to go lower, but gave up, as I would need to cut too much material from it and didn't want to compromise the workings.

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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by Biggylawns » Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:26 pm

As long as you don't get any marcelling I would stick with that for that size yard unless you're deadset on getting a gas one.

To answer your question, a gas one will provide the striping for you and you can go lower than .5.

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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by robertmehrer » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:52 am

Biggylawns wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:26 pm
As long as you don't get any marcelling I would stick with that for that size yard unless you're deadset on getting a gas one.

To answer your question, a gas one will provide the striping for you and you can go lower than .5.
Marcelling is the wavy lines correct? I haven’t seen that yet. I’m assuming that’s due to cut height and speed ?

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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by Biggylawns » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:30 am

Yes, the wavy lines. Maybe I'm wrong but I would say that with a push mower it could also be due to how the wheels rest on uneven ground and have an effect on hoc. I get marcelling at some spots at 1 inch with my push but with my gas one I can go a lot lower.

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Re: Manual reel or gas...

Post by robertmehrer » Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:39 am

Biggylawns wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:30 am
Yes, the wavy lines. Maybe I'm wrong but I would say that with a push mower it could also be due to how the wheels rest on uneven ground and have an effect on hoc. I get marcelling at some spots at 1 inch with my push but with my gas one I can go a lot lower.
Yea the ground still needs a lot of leveling. That’s my goal through winter and spring. I leveled as much as I could with the top soil but I’m thinking of rolling and sanding/mix next once the grass canopy is thick enough.

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