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Add a Reel Mower to Your Lawn Equipment

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

It wasn't too long ago that if you lived in a city or town, you used a reel mower to cut your grass, and if you lived in the country cows and goats did the job. Reel mowers are making a comeback due to their superior lawn cutting capabilities and their environmentally friendly design and operation.

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Why You Should Consider a Reel Mower

Reel mowers aren't for every yard, but if the area you mow is 1/3 acre or less, a reel mower may work for you. Reel mowers have no motor, so use no gas or electricity for power--all they have are a series of blades that turn when the mower is pushed forward by the operator. They create no pollution, use no energy, and are so quiet you can mow at midnight without waking the neighbors.

Reel mowers can be used on larger yards, but it might be more exercise than you want on a hot summer day. However, if you haven't used a reel mower in 20 years, it's worth checking out the current models. Modern reel mowers are easier to push and do an excellent job of cutting the grass. An Ohio State University study showed that for grass 2 inches tall or less, a reel mower does a better job of cutting than a conventional rotary mower.

You can help the environment and your waistline by adding a reel mower to your lawn equipment this summer.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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