of my dad mowing the grass with his power mower, and me walking behind him pretending to cut the grass with my plastic toy mower. And now I'm still pretending.
I got lost in those memories, much like I got lost in my yard. Didn't I just cut that section? I can't tell. It's the experience that counts. And the exercise. Never mind that I'd get just as much "exercise" with a power mower as with a reel mower.
Actually, I'm being a bit harsh. I cut my 1/3 acre with the Great States 16" push mower, and it wasn't as bad as all that. In fact, I wish it had worked out.
The mower itself seems well-built. Assembly is about as easy as you can get. 3 winged bolts, 2 clips. If it takes you longer than 10 minutes, you're a tourist who is enjoying the experience. Use and storage means no gas and no gas fumes.
It was easy to push, easier than the smallest power mower I've used. Flip the handle over, and you disengage the reel, letting you roll the thing with ease.
When it cuts, it cuts very well. And therein lies the rub. It cuts ALMOST fully, say 85%. The taller stuff tends to get bent out of cutting range by what appears to be a safety bar in the front. If not for that bar, it's likely the tall would fall with the small.
I did not want to return this mower. I liked everything about it except the 15% strays it left in its wake. If it would have cut those strays after 2 or 3 passes, I would have kept it. But because of that bar, this otherwise impressive little mower couldn't cut those strays no matter how many passes it made.
This mower would be good for those with very small yards. If you get the grass cut short once and then keep at it on a regular basis, you won't have problems with tall strays. And if you do end up with strays, they are easy to deal with in a small yard.
I would have preferred to keep it. Easy to use and maintain, fairly quiet, no exhaust to breath in, no gas fumes, no need to purchase gas, no sticks or pine cones launched at ballistic velocities to smite neighborhood children. But 15% strays of a large yard ends up being about the same as an entire small yard.
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