Craftsman 16 in. Cut Path Reel Mower, Hand Push

I read an amazing statistic recently: the energy in a single barrel of crude oil is equivalent to 11 years of a human's manual labor!


Since using a power lawn mower uses a fair bit of gas, this suggested to me a great way to burn more calories without having to take any more time out of my busy schedule to work out.

So start with one of these...

Craftsman 16 in. Cut Path Reel Mower, Hand Push

...& get to work. This mower model is a great choice because it's relatively small & light weight. And even if their stuff isn't the absolute best quality out there, it's pretty darned good. Sears also has an excellent replacement policy if you do break something.

The thing is, far from being a miserable exercise in self-deprivation, I found I really like using a simple push mower. No harsh, motor sounds, just a contemplative swishing as the blades swing around. No stressful damage to the machine or yard when the over-powered blades strike a rock or sprinkler head. No spilled gas, oil or grease. No expensive & time-consuming repairs to a complex internal combustion engine, just a little satisfying routine maintenance occasionally.

And no nasty stink of exhaust, just the sweet fragrance of cut grass & the mint I sometimes swerve wide to clip.

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Apr 15, 2010
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Great for small lawns
by: Anonymous

When I bought my home in 2004 one of the first decisions I had to make was to figure out what to do about my yard. Now I don't have a huge yard but it takes about 30 minutes to cut. Since I was on a budget, I ended up buying a push mower.

For the first year, it was the best decision of my life. It was so quiet that I could mow at 6am and nobody would complain and it did a great job cutting the grass. Plus, you don't have to put gas or oil in a push mower. To store the mower, I just washed it off and stuck it in the garage for the winter and when the grass started growing in April, I just grabbed it and started cutting.

This went on for three years and I couldn't have been happier. After the fourth year, problems started to arise with my push mower. I started to notice that I had to cut the same patch of grass two or three times before the blades actually cut the grass. What was a 30 minute job was now a 45 minute job. Since it has been 4 years, I figured the blades must be getting dull.

So, I called around to find out if someone could sharpen them. After calling around, I did find someone but they wanted to charge me 50 dollars. That was half of what I paid for the mower 4 years ago!

Since it doesn't have a motor, it's very quiet and you don't have to worry about any maintenance except maybe get the blades sharpened every 3 or 4 years. Also another consideration is the cost of the mower.

You can buy a new push mower for under 100 dollars and they work right of out the box without having to purchase anything else. If you have a small yard to medium size yard, it's definitely the way to go.

Nov 20, 2009
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Perfect for small yards
by: Christine Cde Baca

Pros
- easy assembly
- easy to use

Cons
- none

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5 out of 5

I am a single woman in a home with a very small yard, approximately 20 x 60 square feet. Until this year, the homeowner's association took care of mowing the lawn. This year, they gave homeowners the choice of opting out of using their lawn service, and cutting the cost of our homeowner's fees.

I was more than happy to opt out of using the lawn service in order to save myself some money. I knew right away that I did not need to invest in a power mower because of the small size of my yard. I also remember while growing up, that we did not have a power mower at home. My siblings and I had to take turns using the push mower, which I never minded at all. My first and only choice for purchase of my mower was Sears, as I am confident in their Craftsman products.

I went to Sears and they had two models of push mowers, the one I purchased, and another one that had an adjustable height control, which I did not need. I purchased this handy mower for just the right price of $89.00. I carried it out of the store on my own, not needing the assistance of a male worker nor a hand cart. I was able to put the mower together in about 15 minutes or less.

The instructions were very easy to read and understand. The instructions also had accompanying pictures for those of us who are visual learners. The lawnmower has lived up to its advertising--it is easy to use and it is perfect for small yards. I have used the mower three times now and I have not been disappointed in its performance.

I am very pleased with my purchase and strongly urge anyone considering such an investment, to go with the Sears Craftsman Reelmower 16 inch Handmower.

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