Switching from living in an apartment to a house comes with a lot of changes. When we bought our house (way) back in 2009, we knew we needed to get a mower.
We don't have a huge yard, although compared to the usual yard size where we live, it is a good sized smaller yard. Obviously, we wanted some sort of push mower...we'd look ridiculous on a riding mower and have no idea how we'd get it in and store it in our yard. Plus, on backyard is on a slope.
We also didn't want to worry about getting gas or plugging in a cord. So we opted for a reel mower.
We bought a used one from my mom's one co-worker. It was cheap and we thought this was the answering to our mowing needs.
It did work...however you had to go over the same section 3 or 4 or 5 times. And it didn't really cut the grass completely. It mostly flatten the grass down. We naively thought that's how it was with reel mowers. Oh and the plastic adjuster had broken off so the wheels we uneven and wouldn't stay straight. We knew the blades should be sharpen, but we just didn't get around to doing it.
Fast forward 2.5 years later: We have learned the error of our old thinking.
Driving in the car one afternoon, we passed a guy rapidly mowing his grass using a reel mower. Grass was flying and he didn't seem to be exerting much effort. What kind of fantastic mower did he have?
We were near a home improvement store and decided to go in and check out the reel mowers. We looked at the small selection they had and picked out a 16 inch model for $99.
We took it home and assembled it. We were still unsure about how, if any, better it would cut the grass. We took a quick push and......grass went flying!
The picture above still amazes me to think that it's that easy. It's super sharp and so easy to maneuver through the yard and up our hill. We're in love!
Could we have just sharpen our old mower and saved a little money? Yes, probably. But the knob that adjusted the wheels had snapped off and it was a little rusty.
Could we have just bought a brand new one in the beginning and experienced how easy the reel mower could be from the very start? Yes, definitely. Lesson learned!