Ends at 10PM PT. Home.woot! has the Troy-Bilt TBR16 16" Reel Mower for $70 + $5 shipping = $75 shipped. Features a 16" cutting width, 9-position deck height adjustment, 3-position handle adjustment, and has 5 blades.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 234
    Posted 6:49 am PDT 07/28/12

    Yes, return back to the good old days of when mowing the lawn meant that you would end up drenched with sweat. The good news is that you will get positive feedback from your lawn mower when the reel blades needed sharpening...

    I'm out for one...

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    DEguy Ben's cred: 93
    Posted 9:17 am PDT 07/28/12

    Having used one of these when I was a kid, I can say with authority that "retro" may have a place in hectic, modern life but NOT in mowing the lawn.

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    obryan Ben's cred: 31
    Posted 9:20 am PDT 07/28/12

    I use reel mowers and love them. If you have a small lawn and you get a good reel mower (not this one), they are about as easy as a power mower. I have used reel mowers exclusively for my 9,000 sq. ft. lot for the last 7 years and it is great. I would recommend a fiskars momentum, $225 at walmart, or try to find an agri-fab on craigslist.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3750
    Posted 9:34 am PDT 07/28/12

    If you buy this you can act snooty and tell the neighbors they are evil for destroying the planet, in between the constant blade sharpening.

    I don't think pushing it is much of an issue though, if you lean forward that's the direction you're going to go unless you're mowing a lot of hills. What would be really fun is if this had gas engine propulsion and was remote controlled, then you'd have an urban assault vehicle that can take out more than just grass.

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    obryan Ben's cred: 31
    Posted 2:57 pm PDT 07/28/12

    If you get the right reel mower, it needs far less sharpening than a standard powered rotary mower. Reel mowers with a non contact cutting system (fiskars, agrifab, brill) cut like scissors and the blade never touches the bed knife. This means they do not need to be sharpened for many years.
    The environmental benefit is nice, but reel mowers are light, small, easy to store and you never have to deal with gas. Honestly the gas used by a mower is almost inconsequential, but with a reel mower you never have to go buy gas, pour gas or store gas. Plus no fumes. Combine that with the fact that a high quality reel mower require almost no maintenance means there is a lot to recommend reel mowers. I still have and use a reel mower that my dad bought used in the 60's.
    Lots of people have a negative experience with reel mowers because they buy cheap ones like this. Buy a good one and you might be surprised how well it works.

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    JediKnight Ben's cred: 656
    Posted 4:06 pm PDT 07/28/12

    Save gas, reduce air pollution, and lose some weight.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 234
    Posted 5:02 pm PDT 07/28/12

    Sure #5, all the lawn service guys I see are using push mowers too. Are you high or something?

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    ken2400 Ben's cred: 15
    Posted 5:20 pm PDT 07/28/12

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/the-slacker-s-guide-to-a-great-lawn/index.htm
    A good read about lawn care.

    And yes should cut the lawn high.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 234
    Posted 5:56 pm PDT 07/28/12

    I wouldn't take the word of Consumers Report just because they are consumers reports. Not all grasses should be treated the same and the proper care can vary from region to region. For example:

    "Let the lawn go brown during dry spells" - Yea, right. My St Augustine grass will spring right back with a little water... Not...

    The article is mostly concern with the time spent caring for a lawn and what a person would rather do than mow the lawn. The data is from "Consumers Reports National Research Center" (Sounds official). The tips are very general canned tips from their expert that remains nameless.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3750
    Posted 9:23 pm PDT 07/28/12

    There is no such thing as less sharpening. Cutting edges get dull and the ideal is to sharpen. Gas powered mowers need LESS blade maintenance because the higher RPM makes sharpness matter less.

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    JediKnight Ben's cred: 656
    Posted 7:08 am PDT 07/29/12

    #2 Get reel! You have choice as to how hectic you make life.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3750
    Posted 8:44 am PDT 07/29/12

    ^ Don't forget to mention you have to mow far more often with a reel mower as it can't handle tall grass like a mulching gas mower can, would otherwise leave a mess you have to rake up which is 3x as much work as the mowing itself was.

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