For those looking to buy this mower you should first do your research on where a reel mower is best used. Reel mowers are best for bent type grasses (bent, bermuda 419, etc.) that are meant to be mowed very low (1 inch or lower). Anyone thinking of purchasing this mower for any grass that is better kept at higher than one inch should look into a rotary mower (I've had my Neuton electric rotary mower for 5 years, great mower, just not for lower cut grass like my new bermuda 419). My experience with this mower was exactly what I was hoping for, a perfectly manicured lawn than rivals any golf course fairway. Comment on my review asking for a picture and I will gladly email you one. I have bermuda 419 grass that I wanted to keep at around 1/2 to 3/4 inches. The four mowing heights on this mower is 1 3/4 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 1 inch, and 3/4 inch (I actually think the lowest setting is closer to 1/2 inch). I am currently keeping my lawn (about 4,500 square feet) at 3/4 inches. This mower does a great job cutting at that level. Keep in mind that reel mowers are not meant to be cutting more that a 1/4 inch or so of grass at a time. So, if you go more than a week without mowing you may have to raise the cutting level or just go slower to get through the higher grass. This will do that if you are in a pinch, but the battery will not last as long and you will have to walk much slower. As far as those reviewers complaining about the bag, I agree it should work as advertised but I cannot say because I have not tried using it. However, any lawn expert will recommend that you do not bag your clippings, your grass will be much healthier. Plus, if you are only cutting a 1/4 inch or so of grass at a time (which is recommended), the grass clipping will disappear into the yard. The grass does shoot back at your legs and feet but can be remedied in a number of DIY methods. It should not be dangerous however, because you should be making sure your lawn is clear of any debris before starting. Reel mowers are especially sensitive to debris, so this is HIGHLY recommended or you will damage the blades. Reel mower blades are not like rotary blades, so again do your research about reel mowers before purchasing. As far as those reviewers complaining about the manual feature, this just seems ridiculous to me. Why would you buy an electric mower based on a manual use feature. It may or may not work as a manual mower (the actual site does not advertise that) if the battery goes dead, but why even try? An actual manual reel mower will work better in that situation. If your battery is going dead before you finish your yard, you are probably cutting grass that is higher that 2 inches and/or your yard is too big for this mower to handle. I can mow my 4,500 square foot lawn with one charge, but I am getting a second battery to have as a backup just in case. Understanding the mowers capabilities and limitations will only make you a better consumer. I hope this review from a satisfied user will help with that.
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