Cutting Width: 18 Inches
Manufacturer’s Warranty: 1 Year
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Cutting the grass should not be that much of a task. After all, what would you rather be doing… watching baseball of spending 45 minutes mowing the yard?
I hate yard work, and luckily, my yard is not that big. But I am always looking for a more efficient way to keep it maintained with as little personal effort as possible.
Like most people, I plunked down $200 on a gas mower four years ago, thinking that was the best way to handle this.
But then I noticed that my neighbor used a push reel lawn mower (our lawns are almost exactly the same size), and I found that he was usually finished mowing his lawn using a reel mower before I was finished with mine using my gas mower.
I actually borrowed his Great States 815 18 inch mower that he used and discovered that these new reel mowers are not the same ones I had used as a kid at my grandmother’s house.
The Great States 815 18 Inch Reel Mower
The Great States 815 is a really handy reel mower; much lighter than my gas mower, and easy to run across the yard. The Great States 815 has…
- An 18-inch cutting width
- 10-inch ball bearing wheels
- Easy height adjust from 1/2-inch to 2-3/4-inch
- Heat treated blades that stay sharp longer, making a quality cut
And the Great States 815 is ready to go whenever I am. My gas mower got temperamental as it got older, and I would spend ten minutes just getting the thing started.
Not to mention the amount of time I spent oil changing and running out to fill the gas can and the other things I needed to do to keep the gas mower working every summer.
The Great States 815 Reel Mower – Problem(s) Solved
Those tasks are a thing of the past with the Great States 815 Reel Mower. I have had this reel mower for the last three years, and I pulled it out for the first time this year last weekend.
Didn’t have to tune anything, head to the gas station, or even sharpen anything. Just pulled it out, popped on my iPod, and started pushing. It is lightweight, doesn’t have any vibration, doesn’t discharge stuff at my kids at 70 miles per hour…
And one other pleasant surprise I forgot about…. the smell.
Instead of reeking of exhaust and gas fumes like an Indy car pit crew member, I can actually smell the fresh cut grass; one of the fond reminders of summer that you forget about.
The 18 inch wide blades make short work of my small front yard; and I can navigate around my wife’s flowerbed in the front yard with ease (you’ll still need an edger to touch up), and it is very easy to push.
You will lock up the blades if you run over a stick larger than pinky finger diameter (only happened to me twice so far); and you will really have to work if you let the grass grow too long or try and cut it while wet, but…
- My yard is not that big…
- The price was less than half of a gas mower…
- It cuts my yard more efficiently than a gas mower…
- I have none of the maintenance issues of a gas mower…
- It is a rock solid, well constructed mower that only needs sharpening every two-three years…
And it gets me back on the couch watching baseball faster than my gas mower ever did. For someone that hates yard work as much as I do, it was the best $100 I have spent in a while.