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    Default sounds dumb but..what about a reel mower?

    so i just moved into a new house and am looking to buy a lawn mower. i'm cruising around lowes website (i hate to buy a new lawnmower) looking for one and i see a reel mower(like the ones used back in the day) and they still sell these? so at first i laughed but then started considering it...so would this be an awful investment for $90?

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    Used to have one, it was a nice workout for mowing the lawn but it would be difficult to mow a big lawn with one of them...

    Here in NYC we can mow our 20X30' lawns with scissors ;)
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    How big is your lawn?

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    I have one, and it was fun for a summer - but upkeep is a REAL pain. Not a very accurate cut, and the blades constantly need cleaning and adjusting.

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    If you have any hills or anything that might be off-axis, it's going to be a little rough but not impossible. I actually considered it, but my yard is too big and I don't need that much of a workout everyweek just to mow the yard.

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    I had a neighbor that bought one. After the first time she used it, she went out and bought a gas mower. 'Nuff said.
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    Just pick up a beater from a repair place, or a landscape supply store. They usually have old mowers handy. I have two guys within a mile that fix them as a hobby and always have them in the front yard for sale.

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    yea i need to find somewhere that sells used ones. i have about 12 acres but only about 1 acre is "yard" that needs to be cut. and its all flat

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    Yeah, dude, 1 acre will be brutal with a reel mower. Might want to go to a place that sells used stuff and get a ride-on. You can pick up an old one for a couple hundred bucks. 1 acre is about as large as I will go and be willing to push a mower around. 1 acre and bigger, you're better off with a wide-cut riding mower otherwise it's gonna take all weekend to get the grass mowed.
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    Check Craigslist as well.....just stay away from the personals section.

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    What ?!? they use those to cut golf courses, way more than one acre !


    Of course they pull them with a 150hp tractor:)

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    My neighbor had one out in the front of her yard, and a paper was on top of it that said FREE ...

    I pushed it home just to find out there was no blade and, duh, no motor. I put it back... My parents probably would've been mad anyway...
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    They're great if your lawn is well-landscaped (i.e., the ground is 'smooth') and full. If it's weeds, ruts, and gullies... not so much.

    Reel type lawn mowers (self-propelled, person-powered, or drag-behind-the-tractor) are self sharpening and will actually do a better job of cutting high-quality lawns because they actually cut grass, rather than tearing it as rotary mowers do.

    Our lawn clings to existence every year, so no reel-type for us here :-(
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    If you had a couple hundred sq ft of grass, I'd say yeah, but an acre!!??? A 5hp self propelled push mower is going to be a handfull on 40k+sq ft. I like the riding mower idea.
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    i could always pour diesel on it and torch the whole plot

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    That would be sweet. Just make sure someone is in the middle when you do it. They'll laugh about it later.

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