About two years ago, we asked what you thought about manual reel mowers, and the response was a pretty solid Hot. But back then we were only asking about non-powered reel mowers, and in the meantime we’ve been seeing a lot more gas-powered reel mowers on the market. Naturally we wonder if these burly-engined counterparts are as hot as their manual cousins.
Toolmongers who weighed in on the original post liked reel mowers because they tend to cut the grass like scissors, instead of hacking at it the way rotary mowers do, giving a cleaner cut and promoting a healthier lawn. In this area, the powered reel mowers behave exactly like the manual ones.
However, the other major Hot factor mentioned in the comments was the fact that with no engine, manual reel mowers are 100% environmentally friendly and considerably lighter — that can’t be said of the gas-powered rigs.
So, which point wins out? Does the clean scissor cut, enhanced by the power of the engine, put gas-powered reel mowers in the Hot category? Or do the added weight and emissions shuffle this mower over into the Not section? Let us know in comments.