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August 9, 2011 7:53 PM   Subscribe

What is the heaviest, widest cutting width, push powered reel mower available?
posted by tylerfulltilt to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Why heaviest? to get through rough patches? The badassest push reel I know of is the Fiskars. It cuts through my not-mowed-enough patch of weeds like a Great White through a plate of cheeseburgers.
posted by notsnot at 8:02 PM on August 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

This American Lawn Mower (model 1414-16) is made out of cast iron, and manufactured in the US. People seem to love theirs. I haven't had another push mower for comparison, but so far, it's been awesome. (Well as awesome as mowing stupid grass can be.... we're replacing ours with a no-mow variety this year.)
posted by barnone at 8:09 PM on August 9, 2011

Doesn't cast iron rust?
posted by mr_roboto at 8:14 PM on August 9, 2011

The rust issue just occurred to me too. It's powder coated, I believe. When we were in the market, it seemed to get very enthusiastic reviews everywhere it is sold. The Fiskars looks great too, but it was more than double the price.
posted by barnone at 8:19 PM on August 9, 2011

Response by poster: I'm looking for something with at least a 20" cutting width. although higer is preferred. In fact, I've seen push powered reel mowers with a 20" cutting width on amazon. I just want to be thorough and see if there isn't something with a bigger cutting width that I'm missing.

The heaviness is because I find I get a better cut with my current wimpy reel mower when I exert downward force when I cut.
posted by tylerfulltilt at 8:21 PM on August 9, 2011

FWIW, this site says the Fiskars outweighs most of the other models they sell by 20 lbs or more.
posted by 2N2222 at 9:05 PM on August 9, 2011

mr_roboto writes "Doesn't cast iron rust?"

Not really unless it's sitting in a pool of water. You'll get some surface rusting on unpainted parts but it isn't going to disintegrate into a pile of rusty dust. Lots of parts on your car for example are unpainted cast iron.
posted by Mitheral at 9:02 AM on September 4, 2011

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