If you are anything like my sister-in-law Sarah, then you may just be trying to reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down on motorized equipment that consumes gasoline or another type of fuel. Sarah has embraced all things green, as well as eating mostly organic foods so for her it was a no brainer to find an alternative power source for her lawn mower. She still drives from point A to B but does try to walk or ride her bike more often.
What Not To Buy
Being environmentally conscious, Sarah bought a battery-powered lawn mower in the spring to replace their electric mower. While the battery-operated mower worked great for the first few months and could do both the front and back yard twice, by the end of summer she found that it wasn’t holding a charge enough to get even the front lawn done.
She was totally frustrated, mostly because they had paid a pretty good price for the mower, plus she really was trying to do good for the environment by cutting down on fuel emissions.
As she knew her battery-operated mower wasn’t going to make it till the end of summer, she started to search for another type of mower and came across a childhood memory….the reel push mower. You remember the type – just two wheels and a blade that when pushed by you cut your grass. This type of mower kind of took the path of the dodo bird when people started buying bigger and better however with more individuals starting to be more environmentally conscious they have started to become more popular again.
What To Look For In Push Reel Lawn Mowers
Sarah checked out different models of the push reel mowers with the following criteria in mind:
- Can it be adjusted to different heights?
- Will it cut her grass effectively?
- Can kids use it?
- Are the cutting blades easily adjustable?
- Is it worth the expense?
After checking online, she found that one particular model kept popping up in different gardening forums and reviews…the Fiskars StaySharp Max Push Reel lawn mower (formerly called the Fiskars Momentum Push Reel Mower).
Of course this particular model of push reel mower isn’t the ones that your parents used. Oh, no – this new garden variety mower have some great features that give gas powered mowers a run for their money.
Fiskars StaySharp Max Push Reel Lawn Mower Best Price
Sarah went to go to her local gardening store to pick up a Fiskars StaySharp Max mower but found that they didn’t carry this model. Because of this she ended up ordering online through Amazon and ended up with a much better price because she didn’t have to pay sales tax.
I was there when the box arrived and was eager to see how this mower worked. Assembling was a breeze when it arrived. With a few quick turns of the wrench we had it ready to try out. As my sister-in-law has four kids it really wasn’t too much work as they were all fighting for a try.
We found that depending on how low we lowered the cutting blades determined just how much ‘work’ it took to mow the grass. We had to play a bit to get the right setting but it was easy to do. With just an adjust to a knob were able to adjust the cutting height. Easy pees. My sister-in-law was happy about that as she is the primary lawn mower and didn’t want anything too complicated.
Adjusting The Mower Was A Cinch
As my sister-in-law is petite, it is also important to point out that she was able to adjust the height so that it was comfortable for her. Also a bonus for her as it will make it easy for her kids to mow because of the ease of adjusting the StaySharp reel mower height.
Mowing Made Easy
Depending on the length of your grass, it really is easy to mow. If you keep up maintenance and mow frequently then it should be quite easy to do – this really is the determining factor to how easy it can be to use. Most often my sister-in-law is able to cut the lawn in just one pass though she does have some ornery fescue grass that needs some coaxing with a few passes.
You can almost hear the grass growing, it is so quiet. Okay…probably not totally silent as you can hear the blades turning but much more quieter than a gas or electric mower. It is great because if you live in an area that has noise restrictions like I do, then you can mow pretty much anytime you want.
After mowing for the rest of the summer, my sister-in-law reported that the blades on the Fiskars StaySharp reel mower were still very sharp. This is great news as you wouldn’t want to have to sharpen the blades all the time.
The cost of this mower is similar to what you would pay for a gas or electric mower however once you have it it really doesn’t cost much to maintain so ends up being cheaper in the long run. No gas or electricity to run it and no need to have to prime the oil for it to start.
As my sister-in-law has a relatively small yard, this reel mower was perfect for them. As an added bonus, if you are looking for a little bit of exercise then the Fiskars Push Reel Lawn mower is your answer. All in all this push reel mower is well built, cuts evenly, is easily adjustable all while being quiet. It gets two thumbs up from my sister-in-law and definitely met all of her requirements.