The Best Push Reel Lawn Mowers

Push reel mowers are human powered lawn mowers that are wheel-driven. One of the oldest lawn mower designs, push reel mowers can be used from two to 10 years without sharpening, depending on the design and how much the mower is used. Many modern push reel mowers are easier to push than older models.

SunLawn LMM-40

The SunLawn LMM-40 reel lawn mower cuts a swath 16 inches wide using a five-blade reel. The mower weighs 19.3 lbs. and works well as a basic reel lawn mower. The SunLawn has an available grass catcher, if you compost grass clippings. The blades on this mower are "contactless," meaning that they don't contact the bed knife and use their sharpness to cut the grass, thus reducing pushing resistance. This mower's cutting height is adjustable between four-tenths and 2-1/4 inches high. With normal use, the blades should remain sharp for up to eight to 10 years.

Scotts 20 Inch

The Scotts 20-inch mower uses a five-blade reel assembly. This mower weighs 30 lbs. and uses two rear wheels to help the mower track straight. The heat-treated blades are designed to cut effectively with sharpening every year or two. The Scotts 20 Inch features nine cutting height adjustments between 1 and 3 inches.

Brill 33

The Brill 33 is a narrower mower that is lightweight (the Brill 33 weighs in at 15 lbs.). It features a 13-inch cutting swath and can be adjusted to cutting heights between seven-tenths and 1-8/10 inches. This mower features a no-contact cutting design, increasing the time between sharpenings and decreasing the push resistance on the mower. The blades only need to be sharpened every eight years under normal conditions.

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