Reel mower

Reel mower

PostBy: Coalfire On: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:39 pm

Anyone use one? got an older one at a sale years ago for $5, pulled it out of the shed and my neighbor and I mowed my bank. Now I know why people had smaller yards :lol:




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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: lsayre On: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:50 pm

I used to use one as a kid growing up in "very" inner city Cleveland (very small yard, with the steel mills as our immediate neighbors on one side). The lawn never looked as good when we finally replaced it with a power mower. Those things can make for one neat looking lawn. Not a single pass proposition though.
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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:10 pm

I picked up a reel nice motorized reel mower several years ago. I forget the name but it was green and had a heavy roller on the back. Yes it cut grass the best. I guess they were a particular kind that was sort of famous on the golf courses. I got it running and ended up giving it back to the nephew of the guy I got it from. :)
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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:16 pm

I have one, a Dunlap (Sears), with a Briggs on it, and a Dunlap push mower. They cut very well, but forget about using one if you've let the grass grow too tall! The key is to keep the blades sharp.

http://www.sears.com/lawn-garden-lawn-m ... /b-1022198

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I have a theory that if you let a front-tine roto-tiller get stuck it will eventually dig a hole and then fall into it, mainly because it was abandoned by the operator who got sick of fighting with it.
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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:51 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:I have a theory that if you let a front-tine roto-tiller get stuck it will eventually dig a hole and then fall into it, mainly because it was abandoned by the operator who got sick of fighting with it.


Funny you should say that - I have used my front end tiller to dig holes many times. The largest being a 15 ft trench 18 inches deep that I lined with plastic roofing panels - the kind you find on carport or patio roofs - to form a barrier against the neighbor's bamboo. That was 10 years ago and it's still holding back the bamboo. I could never have done that without the tiller. Did I ever mention I hate bamboo? Lisa

Oh, yeah, I used to have a reel mower when we lived in the town house. It was perfect for that postage stamp sized flat piece of yard but there is no way I'd have a reel mower in the house I have now.
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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:46 am

i use one for certain areas as they do a great job. my aunt and uncle save up greenstamps in somerville nj when i was very young and got it. I still use the same one today!

on the golf course theres nothing better, the fairway mowers were toro's with hydrolic reels..they were outriggered so as to have a 8 ft overlapping cutting swath
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Re: Reel mower

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:03 am

Poconoeagle wrote:my aunt and uncle save up greenstamps in somerville nj when i was very young and got it.


Ahhh you should El-Somerville these days......

My buddy and I found one on the road and had a discussion on who would take it. He won, and let it sit outside where it got ruined. I would have restored it.

I just fixed up a White Trimmer/Mower - a brush hog. Giant belt driven string head in front of a platform with the big wheels. Works real good on overgrown lawns.
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PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:17 pm

i guess they changed the name to bridgewater a few decades ago...it was right off of 22 from the light at Ethicon...
my other uncle had a farm in Rariton(?) my aunt worked at W.T.Grants near the circle till they closed then went over to channels.....


grew up playing in dorris duke park.....



i just repaired and aquired a like new D R trimmer like that 6.5hp! .155 trim line! high wheels...lectric start..

could cut down a acre of wire fence if it had the right line on it :lol: 8-)
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