Reel mower musings/opinions/advice/guidance

Discussion in 'The Chatterbox' started by Flatfish, Jul 31, 2016.

  1. Flatfish

    Flatfish Member

    I currently have a Honda Izy petrol mower. It is very good and I will keep it.
    I am considering a reel mower for the following reasons:

    - I need to lift the mower to the rear lawn and the Honda is 28kg.
    - My best time to mow is after the children go to bed. But I can't use a petrol mower as its too noisy.
    - A small part of my lawn is at a steep angle. 45 degrees. Pushing the Honda off this small cliff and pulling it back up again is hard work. Might plant shrubs here next year to avoid mowing it.

    I fancy either a Fiskars staysharp max or a Webb H18. They both have a high cutting height and cope with longer grass better than other reel mowers. Regular mowing still required i realise. They are both really heavy though. Only 5kg lighter than the Honda for the Fiskars. The Web H18 about 6kg lighter. The Webb is £100 cheaper than the Fiskars which will probably sway it.

    Im concerned that the wheels might slip though. I live in the UK (Wales).

    Does anyone have any experience of these mowers?

    PS I'm 38 and fit and healthy.
  2. RyX

    RyX DoH!

    Sounds like a good place to terrace and plant wild flowers, shrubs, or herbs.
    How big is the area?
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  3. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    How big an area?
    Cant help with the quiet, but if i cant reach an area with a zero turn, i catch it with an Echo line trimmer. The 225 is better than the 210.
  4. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    And there I did our lawn with a hand mower yesterday ... we really have a very small property indeed (but we're happy here :) ).

    Not sure if Husqvarna make powered mowers, but I do like their hand mowers.
  5. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Husquavarna makes a 4 wheel drive mower, but it's gas powered.
    Possibly an electric mower with aggressive tread tires, to help with the hills.
  6. barbersurgeon

    barbersurgeon Well-Known Member

    45* angle and a small area sounds like weed eater territory to me.
  7. cmorris357

    cmorris357 catching flies.........

    Sounds like artificial turf to me.
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  8. Flatfish

    Flatfish Member

    Nothing so grand. Its about 30 foot by 2 foot. I looked at it this morning and it isn't quite 45 degrees. Shrubs I think are the answer for this bit of lawn..

    Going back to my original post though, has anyone tried a Webb or Fiskars mower?
  9. RyX

    RyX DoH!

    Sorry, no opinion here. Being American and all things in excess I haven't seen a non-combustion engine powered lawn mower since I was in kindergarten or 1st grade. That would have been 1965?
    You are talking about one of these?
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  10. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    That's mine yes. But I believe the OP is looking for a powered one?

    And yes, hand mowers (powered or not) are really common around here.
  11. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    My experiencewith those is this.
    They work ok on level ground, with evenly grown grass. They work best if used often. They dont like to cut more than an inch or so of growth. They should be pushed leaning into the work (harder to do on uneven ground).
    The ones ive used needed frequent oiling, and were not happy with getting wet.
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  12. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    What is this lawn thing you're all talking about?

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  13. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

  14. barbersurgeon

    barbersurgeon Well-Known Member

    This may help you understand the basic idea:

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  15. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Oh, thanks! That does help. :)
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