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Reel Lawn Mower – Lawn Woes No More


I made a leap into relieving some of the on-going stress yesterday! My new “Hope”-powered lawn mower, otherwise known as a Reel Lawn Mower arrived.

I assembled it and immediately cut the front yard. Rested a bit (it was over 100 outside) and then cut the side yard. No more lawn woes for this girl!

Why I Choose a Reel Lawn Mower

If you remember from my post in June, I was leaning towards an electric mower. I hadn’t even thought of going with a reel mower then.

But with encouragement from the BAD community of slew of internet searches and some Home Depot visits – reel seemed to be the best option for me.

The determining factors were:

  • The upfront cost was significantly less.
  • We have a pretty small, mostly level yard.
  • Lawn mower maintenance has been the bane of my existence EVERY SINGLE WEEK since grass cutting season started.
  • No gas, no carburetor, no oil changes.
  • No plugging in, no cords.
  • American Lawn Mower seems to have a great reputation.
  • All I need is WD-40 for weekly maintenance!

I would like to add the “greener” advantage to that list, but it was not a factor I considered. I needed easy and reliable.

It’s really comical how excited I am about this new purchase. And how excited I am to finally be able to maintain my own yard as I have wanted to all year.

Finances of My New Lawn Mower

My grandmother called me right as I finished mowing yesterday, and when I told her I had just mowed her response was “with what?” I could hear the shock in her voice when I said “my brand new lawn mower!”

She graciously loaned me her lawn mower, one of the two FREE lawn mowers we have to use, that I cannot keep running.

new reel lawn mower by American Lawn Mower

The two gas powered lawn mowers have now been replaced by my handy, dandy American Lawn Mower Reel Mower

The new reel lawn mower cost $69 before tax. It is a 14″ wide version, with 5 blades and 10″ wheels. There was a slightly cheaper version with 4 blades and 8.5″ wheels. I decided the extra $5 was worth it.

While I would have preferred a wider option, the difference in cost was over $30+. I decided a few extra laps of the yard would pay off in healthy benefits more than spending more money right now.

Now I must acquire a bottle of WD-40, which I don’t think will cost me more than a few dollars and last a long time.

I am proud of myself. That is such a good feeling.

What decision have you made, that might be silly to others, but makes you feel good about yourself?


  • Reply Money Maker |

    Your posts are always so timely for me. My shed looks exactly like yours right now: 2 broken gas-powered lawn mowers and the reel mower! My lawn mower stopped working on me earlier this summer and then I bought a used one on craigslist which died after 2 uses. I don’t have much more money to spare so I went in on a reel mower and I’ve been so thrilled since! I chat on the phone while mowing the lawn and I get a little bit of exercise. I’m glad you love yours as much as I love mine!! I couldn’t believe your post when I saw it because I cut my lawn with my reel mower for the second time just this morning.

    • Reply Hope |

      It’s unbelieveably empowering and inspiring when we realize that others are facing the same challenges we are. And while we might not all handle them the same, just that knowledge helps.
      I’m glad you found the same “fix” as me to the lawn mower woes! My daughter thinks I’m a bit crazy for how excited I am about the new lawn mower and to actually mow the lawn. But even she was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is.
      And I’ve been hooking Cali, the larger of the 3 dogs, to the handle as I walk and she mows with me. It took it a while to adjust but now she’s got the rhythm and even understands when I say turn now.

So, what do you think ?