What sort of mower do you have? Is it a no-motor mower? Also called a reel mower, a no-motor lawn mower is such a popular item. It was discovered before every other mower we are seeing these days. It is classic manual equipment that mostly uses your physical effort to cut grass. In other words you push this mower so that it can mow your lawn.
A no-motor mowing machine is very quiet and safe; hence, it is recommended for homes with little kids and pets. If you are looking for a suitable mower for your yard, you may choose a reel mower. However, this equipment has its pros and cons that will become a part of the package. We have discussed these and more as shown below.
Best area for no-motor mowers
If your yard is a half an acre big, or smaller, you may get a reel mower. If the yard is larger than this, this sort of mower will be a bad choice. This is so because reel mowers are driven by the user and be so tiring when the yard is big. Another consideration is the type of garden soil you have. Is it sandy soil? In this case you need to do better than choose a reel mower.
Otherwise it will sink into the soil and this will toughen the mowing job. Another big challenge that cannot be met with this mower is grass height. Do you have more than four inches of grass to cut? If so you need not pay attention to a reel mower because it will not cut tall grass without multiple passes and endless sweat on your part.
Some mowers will not even cut any amount of tall grass; they will just flatten their blades. Finally, a reel mower cannot overcome obstacles like tall weeds, branches or a bulk of mulch. You will have to get rid of these manually, which will increase your work.
Benefits to owning a no-motor lawn mower
While a reel mower is not suitable for larger fields, it is great for smaller ones. In other words, you can trim small yards without spending a lot of money. Most of these machines cost less than three hundred dollars while their powered counterparts start at this price. Further, no-motor lawn mowers are easy to operate and maintain because they have no serious mechanical parts.
There are no air filters to clean, spark plugs to replace or even a need to change any oil. Reels require just you and your ability to push and walk behind them. As hinted above, a reel mower is the safest machine you could ever purchase for your lawn. Compared to a gas mower that hurls stones and debris, the reel mower is so calm when running.
Your kids or pets will be safe even if they accidentally come behind you when moving. A no-motor does not get hot and could not burn a nosy kid’s finger if she or he decides to touch the mower after being turned off. Reel mowers do not produce strange noises or emissions, too, which might disturb neighbors. Above all, reel mowers require very little maintenance job.
What may make a reel mower less desirable?
Mostly this is the fact that one must push it. If one were not required to push it then it could be better than many items out there. Another thing is that you cannot mow a large lawn with a no-motor mower without getting tired. So it is restricted to owners of smaller yards or those who may want serious exercise.
A reel will be as quick as your physical energy can allow. It is not powered by electric motor or engine. What is more, cutting corners is rather difficult and with each pass you could only trim a smaller surface. So the task of mowing takes a much longer period to end.
If you have a smaller lawn and cannot spend a lot of money on a mower, try a no-motor mower. It has no engine and so there is practically no maintenance work.