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      home Which Reel Lawn Mower? Reel Mower Comparison Chart

Which Manual Push Reel Mower is Right for You?

compare push reel mowers with chart
suggestions for various lawn types (bermuda, st. augustine, zoysia)
compare all the Brill and NaturCut Reel Mowers
 
People Powered Machines congratulates everyone who mows their lawn with a push reel mower. You are an integral part in our learning about how best to preserve our environment. If you are trying to decide which push reel lawn mower is best for you, this comparison chart may help.

Most reel mowers sold in the US are manufactured by the companies listed below. If you don't see the reel mower you are considering on this chart, it is likely that it has had another brand name added to it. E-mail us and we can let you know which manufacturer has made the push reel mower model you are considering. We also have a chart comparing reel push mowers with reel electric mowers.

As a general rule, there are 2 types of reel mower blade technology. Brill , NaturCut, and Fiskars have the "Contact-free" reel blade design. This means the reel blades stay sharp and you will save money and time on sharpening services. Other reel mowers require blade sharpening. In fact, when you calculate how much money is saved by less sharpening of the blades, the Reel Mowers with non-contact cutting systems costs even less than an inexpensive mower.

Compare Manual Push Reel Mowers with this chart:

 

Brill Razorcut 33

Brill Razorcut 38

Brill
Luxus 38

Naturcut Classic

naturCut
Ideal 40
Sunlawn
lmm40
Fiskars Momentum

Scotts Classic 2000

American 16" Bent Reel

Silent Cut18 and 21

 

brill razorcut 33 push reel mower

brill razorcut 38 push reel mower

 

Brill Luxus 38

sunlawn push reel mower

 

Sunlawn MM2

Sunlawn MM2

fiskars momentum push reel mower

scotts classic push reel mower

great states push lawnmower

agrifab reel lawn mower

Retail List Price Razorcut 33 - $199 Razorcut 38 - $209 Discontinued
-2008
Classic Reel Mower - $205 Ideal 40 Reel Mower - $185 Discontinued $249.99 $169 $125 $261-$314
Weight 15.2 pounds 17 pounds
16.1 pounds 22.3 pounds
19.7 pounds 19.3 pounds 43.5 pounds 30 pounds 27 pounds 38-45 pounds
Blades Flame-hardened, steel, welded Flame-hardened steel, welded Flame-hardened, steel, welded Flame-hardened steel, welded 5 Flame-hardened, precision ground, steel, welded 5 Flame-hardened, precision ground, steel, welded 5 Flame-hardened, precision ground, steel, welded 5 Tempered alloy steel, riveted 7 Tempered alloy steel, riveted Flame-hardened steel, welded
Sharpening interval (avg.) 5-8 years 5-8 years 8 years 8-10 years 7-10 years 7-10 years 7-10 years annual or biannual annual or biannual 3-5 years
Blade Program yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included)

yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included)

yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included)

yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included)

yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included) yearly 5 minute adjustment (blade adjustment gauge included) yearly adjustment available sharpening kit available sharpening kit sharpening kit
Cutting System Silent (non-contact) Silent (non-contact) Silent (non-contact) Contact-free blade design Contact-free blade design Contact-free blade design Contact-free blade design Standard (contact) Standard (contact) Silent (non-contact)
Cutting Height Adjustment

Infinitely adjustalbe using hand knobs and side control gauge .7" to 1.8"

Infinitely adjustable using hand knobs and side control gauge
.7" to 1.8"

Infinitely adjustalbe using hand knobs and side control gauge .5" to 1.8"

6 easily adjustable cutting heights
1.5" to 3.5"

6 easily adjustable cutting heights
.6" - 2.75 "

.4" - 2.2"
easily adjustable to any setting within the range

1" - 4"
easily adjustable to 7 settings within the range

Quick-snap height adjustments, choose from 9 settings
1" - 3"
Adjustable 7-section Roller,
.5" - 2.25"

.5"-2.25" or

1"-3"

Ball bearing reel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No, chain driven Yes Yes Yes
Dry Powder coating process employed on metal components Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes     Yes
Handle Hour glass with contoured foam grip Hour glass with contoured foam grip Hour glass with contoured foam grip Rigid plastic contoured handle grip Rigid plastic contoured handle grip Rigid full-width handle with foam grip Ergonomic Handle Loop style handle with foam grip Flared with foam grip T-handle
Flower/shrub protection 7" metal cover 7" metal cover 7" metal cover Cast metal cover Cast metal cover 8" metal cover None 2" shrub bar 2" shrub bar none
Optional Grass Catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Durable, lightweight, mesh catcher Not yet canvas bagger canvas bagger canvas bagger
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Large Lawns
We recommend using the push reel mower for lawns of 10,000 square feet or less. Because of the effort required, we do not recommend using manual push reel mowers for large lawns unless you are very fit or mowing 10,000 sqare feet each day.

St. Augustine Lawns
Push reel mowers will do a fine job on new St. Augustine Grass which has been cut to 1 inch and does not have thatch.

Bermuda and Zoysia Lawns

The Silent Cut Reel Mowers and the American Bent 16" are made to cut Bermuda and Zoysia. The Silent Cut will last a long time if well maintained.