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I recently purchased a Fiskars Staysharp Max Reel Mower

A reel mower is one that has no combustion engine, rather the blades rotate due to you pushing the mower. It’s a little more work than a gasoline powered mower, but it’s cleaner for the environment, and doesn’t require gas or oil.

I bought this mower used off Craigslist. It runs about $180 on Amazon. The blades are very sharp and cut well.

One of the advantages of the Staysharp mower is the ability to sharpen the blade by running it backwards. Here’s a helpful video on how to sharpen dull blades.

It cuts just as well as a gas mower, but it doesn’t handle tall grass or weeds well. You sometimes have to go over tall stuff a few times, so it’s important to keep on top of the lawn.

I would recommend this mower to anyone who

  • Has a very small lawn
  • Enjoys exercise
  • Wants a cleaner environment
  • Wants to save money on fuel