The Great States 415-16 is a push reel mower with a 16-inch cutting deck, a T-style handle, and sharp heat treated blades. Great States also makes different variations of this reel mower with slightly different configurations and blade widths. For example, the 304-14 also comes with a T-style handle but only has a 14-inch cutting deck. The 815-18 comes with an 18-inch cutting deck but with a conventional handle. However, the push reel mower in this review is the Great States 415-16.
When I unpacked this mower, I realized that it was not only easy to put together but also fairly lightweight. Within a few moments, I had it all assembled and was ready to begin mowing. It was when I got it out into the yard though that I really learned a lot about this mower. And one thing that I learned was that it was a high-quality product that seemed to be manufactured with pride. Everything seemed durable and should last the user for quite a long time, if they treat it with care. It has a handle with a powder coated finish, heat treated blades, and ball bearing 10-inch wheels. It looks and feels very durable.
How well the mower cuts grass is the real test of whether it’s worth its salt or not, so I put it right to work. I soon found out that while it did a good job cutting ordinary grass, it didn’t do as good of a job on tougher grasses or tall weeds. For those type of grasses and weeds, I either had to take a second pass at them or I had to use my weed whacker on the stray weeds. Another problem I encountered with this mower is the fact that the wheels are wider than the blades—which means that it doesn’t get close to edges or fence lines.
The last thing that I noticed about this mower is that the blades are mounted on a standard cutting system. This means that the blades make contact with the rear cutting blade to cut the grass. This scissor-like quality produces a beautiful cut but it also means that the blades are going to have to be sharpened more often. That’s not a big deal to me but it may be for someone who doesn’t want to have to sharpen the blades more than once a year.
It did a good job cutting ordinary grass, it didn't do as good of a job on tougher grasses or tall weeds. The scissor-like quality produces a beautiful cut but it also means that the blades are going to have to be sharpened more often. All in all a pretty decent reel mower.
- Easy to assemble
- Good quality
- Environmentally friendly
- Not suitable for large yards
- Doesn't get close to edges
- Not suitable for tough or tall grasses
- Blades may need to be sharpened more often