Today, I’m going to review the Fiskars 17-Inch Staysharp Push Reel Lawn Mower. While I don’t usually use reel mowers very much, at least not on a week to week basis, I have used them enough to have some familiarity with them. So let’s not waste any more time; let’s jump right into this review.
When I received the mower, I took it out of the box. It did require a few tools to put together, but that wasn’t a big deal. I was able to assemble it in a few minutes and was ready to mow. I then proceeded to put it work on my property and that’s when I got a good feel for how this thing operates.
One of the first things I noticed was that it was pretty quiet. Some of the reel mowers I’ve used in the past made sort of a scraping sound and this one didn’t. It wasn’t as quiet as some of the electric mowers I’ve used recently, but it’s still quieter than most of the reel mower I’ve used in the past.
Trying to cut my property, however, I ran into a few hiccups with the Fiskars 17-Inch Staysharp Push Reel Lawn Mower. First, I realized that there was no way I would be able to use this mower to cut my grass. And there are a couple of reasons for that. One, my property is way too big. Reel mowers are really made for smaller yards that are a ½ acre of smaller, especially ones with this cutting width. Two, my property has a lot of hilly areas with a lot of maneuvering that has to be done to ensure that it’s cut. Three, there was some tall grasses on my property that frankly, this mower couldn’t cut. It would just push it down. It’s really meant for grass that hasn’t gotten too high or isn’t full of a lot of tall dandelions.
However, I still wanted to get an accurate review of this thing, so I packed it up and took it over to my friend’s house to accurately assess it. My friend has a nice little house with a smaller fenced yard that had some nice Zoysia grass growing – grass that wasn’t short but wasn’t too high either. Just perfect to test this reel mower out on.
This mower has some really nice blades that seem to be to be thicker than other reel mowers. I easily pushed the mower around the yard and I noticed that it did a really good job of cutting the grass. Instead of basically tearing the grass, like so many electric and gas mowers do (especially ones with dull blades), this mower cut them nice and evenly. Kind of like the grass had been cut with a pair of scissors. Now I see why so many people choose reel mowers. This one really does a delicate job of cutting the grass.
This reel mower was also fairly easy to push and did manage to power over the twig or two that I came across. And it is more environmentally friendly than a gas mower. After all, it requires no spark plug, gas, oil, filters or belts. Which also means that it is cheaper and easier to maintain than a conventional mower as well.
Overall, I think that if you use the Fiskars 17-Inch Staysharp Push Reel Lawn Mower in the way it was intended to be used, with a flat, smaller-size yard that can be cut in straight lines, then this mower is probably a good choice.
Easy to assemble and adjust the height of the handle. Has sharp blades that cut great. Very well built. Easy to push. It just does the job. Period.
- Easy to assemble
- Sharp blades
- Easier to push than some other reel mowers
- Environmentally friendly
- Is cheaper to run than a gas mower
- Not for large yards
- Not for bumpy, hilly or uneven yards
- May have difficulty with tall grass