Tips for Using Reel Mowers
Before mowing, be sure to remove sticks, rocks and any other debris in your path. Pull any weeds or blades of grass longer than 6”, as they will only get pushed over by your reel mower, instead of cut. And as a rule of thumb, it will always be easier to mow if you don’t let your grass get too long between sessions.Other reel mower lawn mowing tips include cutting in long, straight lines to reduce stops and starts, walking quickly to increase cutting power as you mow, and using the reversible grass chute to direct clippings forward and away from you or back and downward. Additionally, set your cut height to no more than 3” high to allow for an even, uniform cut. Adjust the handle height so that turning and pushing the reel mower is as comfortable as possible. Finally, remove clippings and other debris from the mower using a broom before storing. If wet, be sure to dry your reel mower with a towel and spray with a rust preventer as soon as possible. Lubricating moving parts at least once a season and before storing for the winter will help keep your reel mower working smoothly.