Cutting Width: 16 Inches
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Summer… It conjures up images of long, lazy, hot afternoons, baseball, hot dogs on the grill…
And cutting the grass. I used to look at mowing the lawn as an annual summer task; kind of like taking out the trash. Not something you looked forward to, but a necessary evil that had to be done.
That changed after I swapped out my gas powered lawn mower for the American 1414 Full Feature Reel Lawn Mower. I actually enjoy mowing my lawn now; and here’s why.
The American 1414 Reel Lawn Mower Versus My Gas Powered LawnBoy
I have used a gas powered lawn mower for years; but my LawnBoy was on its last leg, and I finally got fed up with it for two reasons.
First, the maintenance issues of a gas powered lawn mower seem to be never ending. I got tired of hunting around for the owner’s manual to find out what I needed to do every spring…
And second, I hate messing around with gas and oil since I seem to get more on my clothes than I actually get in the mower.
So I shopped around online and found the American Lawn Mower 1414 on Amazon; and I have never looked back.
The American 1414 Reel Lawn Mower Is Easy to Use
The American 1414 comes with…
- A 16-inch cutting width
- 10-inch cast iron wheels
- Easy grass cutting height adjustment from 1/2-inch to 2-1/2-inches
- A powder coated finished over a cast iron construction that lasts longer and prevents rust
Unlike a gas mower, this American 1414 Reel Lawn Mower is almost maintenance free. No motor, no headaches. And at $89, it’s less than half the cost of replacing my gas mower.
And my online research discovered this interesting fact. The American 1414 is one of the last reel lawn mowers to be constructed in the US.
And because it is still made in the US (instead of China), you’ll discover that this reel mower will outlast many of its more expensive competitors.
Constructed of heavy duty cast iron with a powder coated finish, at 32 pounds this reel lawn mower is heavier than most others… But the additional weight actually helps cut the grass a little better.
And even though it is heavier than the other reel mowers I looked at, it is still a very maneuverable mower; especially over the uneven ground and embankments in my front yard.
Plus, I have an odd assortment of knobs and depressions in my back yard; and I was at first nervous about using a reel mower since I don’t have that “4th fairway at Pebble Beach” kind of lawn surface.
But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this American 1414 actually does a better job with a more even cut than my old gas powered LawnBoy performed.
And it usually performs a clean and level cut with one pass; I am not going over the same area two or three times like I was with the gas mower.
The American 1414 Works But…
Is this a perfect lawn mower? I don’t think there is any such animal.
- I still have to edge around the driveway with an electric trimmer
- The handle could be a little more ergonomic and comfortable
- It is not ideal if you let the grass get wet or go too long without mowing (it will struggle in really deep grass… But then again, so does my gas powered mower)
However, it is ideal for the postage stamp I call my front lawn; I am usually finished mowing the front yard with the American 1414 reel mower in the same amount of time it used to take me to just start up the gas mower.
Plus, it is environmentally friendly, I get a quick workout, it’s easier on the ears, I am supporting American workers, and I enjoy the sound of the blades whirring as they cut.
It’s nothing fancy; but it does a great job, and with a cast iron construction, it should be around for quite a few years.