With manual-push operation, a loop-style handle and a super-soft foam grip for comfort, the Scotts 20 in. Classic Reel Mower offers a large mowing path and a 1 - 3 in. adjustable cutting height to provide performance flexibility. The mower features 5 blades and a dual-wheel tracking system for optimal maneuverability.
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74%of customersrecommend this product73 of 98reviews
Rating Breakdown104 reviews
Ease of use
74%of customersrecommend this product73 of 98reviews
This is the second Scotts reel mower I own. I put my older one for use at a rental house, and got another for my place.
Ready to go out of the box. Super sharp blades.
If you have a small area of lawn, this works great and you won't disturb the neighbors early Sunday morning with engine noise.
The handle is a bit light weight, but that helps keeps the weight down. The current model has a re-designed handle and it is much better with a padded push bar. Just don't man handle it and it will hold up.
The grass catcher is worthless. I always let the clippings go back on the lawn, they mulch in and the lawn just gets better.
Pros: Cuts Well, All In One, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Mulches Well, Light Weight, Easy to Store, Long-Lasting, a cool way to go
I'm a 5'0 women and after my gas powered mower gave out, I was looking for a more environmentally friendly mower. Although I was aiming to get a Fiskar's, budget didn't allow for it. I got this Scotts 20in reel mower and am impressed with how easy it was to use.
Now my grass was at least 5-6 inches tall in some places. The reel mower went through with some effort, but not as much as I thought. I didn't have to huff and puff. It does require at least two passes to make sure all the grass is cut down. It DOES NOT cut down weeds. Those I had to pull on my own. At least the taller varieties. I think it worked well for my grass even though I have uneven terrain.
I thoroughly enjoyed the use of it and while it took me about an hour to cut down my 1/4 acre, the workout I got from it was very beneficial. I do not mess the smell of gas/exhaust or the bone-rattling noise of my gas mower.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Light Weight, Easy to Store
Cons: Limited Features, slightly difficult to use if grass too long.
If you have a smaller yard and will mow once a week or so, this is the mower for you. Especially if you like a clean cut and want to go green. Reel mowers are not for you if you let your lawn get really long or there are tall weeds in your yard.
I have owned this mower for about a year or so and had no issues until a couple weeks ago when the handle broke. I called the 1-800 number on the manual and they are shipping me a new one free. I would definitely recommend this mower if you want an environmentally friendly, relatively cheap way to mow your lawn that I personally think makes it look better than a gas mower...
I have a 7 yr old 10.5hp mower with a 33" wide cut and purchased this as a stop gap. Unfortunately it only takes my 10 more minutes to mow my half an acre yard and I could do this at 5:30am and not wake the neighbors. As a kid I remembering using a reel mower and it being difficult, well this mower is very easy to use even with a 10% grade lawn. This is my new lawn mower.
I bought this mower today, and could not stop cutting!
I have a rather large lot, where I cut around 2.5 acres. I am waiting for a new lawn tractor to arrive that I ordered last week which will take another week to come in. I bought this reel mower to trim around trees and difficult to reach areas. I had it out of the box and assembled within 10 minutes. I gave it a test drive, and found it so easy to use, I could not stop cutting! I ended up cutting around 2 acres with it and the only reason I did not keep going is I ran out of daylight. It is extremely easy to use, and does a great job. As some other reviewers indicated, it does not cut through crab grass very easily, but it took me another quick swipe or two to take care of this. I like this mower so much, I am considering canceling my lawn tractor order.
This mower is really a pleasure to use. It just rolls along and simply cuts the grass almost effortlessly. I bought it as a backup mower to my power mower but prefer using it to the other one. A bonus is that the grass can be mowed when still damp from dew or rain. I always had to wait until the grass was completely dry so the power mower wouldn't clog. This way you don't have to wait until the sunny hot time of the day. This is a solid well built mower that does a fine job .
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Durable, Easy to Store, mows damp grass easily
I've owned this mower 4.5 years now and used it at 2 different houses. The first house I did not have a sprinkler system and so my watering was sporadic and my grass didn't grow super fast so I could go longer in between mows, like once every two weeks. If the grass gets too high this mower (and most reel mowers as I understand it) does not work well. I feel like the instructions and most of the other reviews are all pretty upfront about this. If you over-water your yard you probably don't want this mower, because you'll be out there twice a week. My second house has a sprinkler system so if I don't mow it once per week some parts of my yard do get a little difficult and sometimes I have to use the weedeater to knock down the tall stuff. If you've got a huge yard you probably don't want this, but my first house had a back yard of about 4,000 square feet of grass and I cut it in about an hour, maybe 90 minutes. My second place has only 500 square feet of grass and I can mow that in about 10 minutes. I haven't had the blades sharpened yet, there's no rust visible, it still moves easy. The pad around the handle is coming off, but it seems like I did something to rip it and wasn't caused by some defect.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Long-Lasting
12out of12found this review helpful.
Review 8 for 20 in. Classic Reel Mower
Fairly easy to push and does pretty good job cutting as long as grass is mowed twice a week
With the grass growing quickly, I have to mow twice a week or it gets too tall to cut without having to rake. The basket is worthless. Grass catches at the front lip and very little goes into the basket. It is easier to make a higher cut and then go back with a slightly lower cut. As long as you keep up with regular cutting, it does a nice job.
I have a very big yard with uneven lawn. This is my first time ever using a reel mower. My family laughed at me when I said I wanted one. I started to think maybe they are right and it will be way too much work. I didn't find it to be any worse than a gas mower really. I liked that I could stop and not have to restart a motor to get going again. I was very impressed with the first time use. We'll see how it goes with the upkeep etc.
I was very skeptical about this mower and read several web sites before taking the plunge and plunking down my 130 bucks for it yesterday.
It took about 30 minutes to put together (I gave up on the grip that goes on the handle but I don't really need it). Mowing our small yard took about the same amount of time as normal. The mower is very quiet and does not leave you smelling like lawn mower gas fumes like a gas mower would (since it doesn't use gas). I mowed this morning while my wife was still asleep and had no fear of waking her.
We'll see how it goes over the next few weeks but if the first try is any indication, I won't be going back to a gas mower.
BTW: If you buy it at your local Home Depot, check with the sales staff. They will guarantee that you like it or you can bring it back in 30 days (even if has been used a few times).
After reading review after review on a bunch of different reel mowers, I went with this one. It seemed to be pretty popular and, while not stellar, a solid machine for an affordable price. I've had it for a couple weeks and LOVE it. I'm a 5'0" woman and find that pushing it is a good workout, but not prohibitively so. The sound of the blades takes some getting used to, but it is quiet enough that I can listen to music and even hold a phone conversation (although the person on the other end may not appreciate the snick-snick-snick of the blades). My only issue is the plastic wing nuts that hold the handle together. Apparently 4 of the 6 jumped ship sometime during my last mowing session and I didn't notice. I plan to replace them with metal ones.
Pros: Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Quiet, environmentally friendly
I bought this mower in 2006 after some research. I liked that it was 20" wide so I can cut my lawn quickly. Every review about bagged reel mowers said they were useless, so I wasn't worried about bagging.
I've used this to cut my lawn every 1-2 weeks in the spring->fall months for 5 years and it has performed great with minimal maintenance. I have not had to sharpen the blades, just oiled them in the beginning of the season.
In the 4th year, after the manufacturer warranty ran out, the right side of the drive system stopped working, so for the past year I've had to push with leverage on the left side. My lawn is small, so not a big deal. Today, the left side drive broke, the inner gears are plastic, so there's only so much use you can get out of the mower.
I'm on my way out to get another one. Great mower, $140 for 5 years, no maintenance works for me! :)
15out of17found this review helpful.
Review 13 for 20 in. Classic Reel Mower
from St. Paul MN
PostedAugust 29, 2009
No, I do not recommend this product.
We bought this mower to be green in May of 2008. We live on a city lot in MN so our mower doesnt get too much use most of the year.
We really LOVED this mower because of how quiet it is. We really enjoyed feeling green while keeping our lawn looking nice. Up until today our only complaints were that it didnt mow down crabgrass, but our electric weedwacker took care of that so it wasnt a big deal.
But now we have bigger complaints. The user who said the handle was flimsey was not exaggerating. Our handle snapped into two parts while mowing this afternoon! We take very good care of our belongings and clearly it has not been overused. I am attempting to contact Scotts to get a new handle, but am VERY disappointed. I have neighbors who have the old reel mowers and they are in very good shape. Its a shame to have only used the mower for nearly 2 seasons and to have it broken already...
I guess I will find out how their customer service works!
I got this mower because I needed a mower with maximum cutting height and the 3" setting of this mower was the highest I could find in any type of mower.
Assembly was fairly easy. The instructions are not the greatest, but it's not hard to figure out.
I've never used a reel mower so I didn't know how easy or hard it would be to push. It was much easier than I expected. It almost feels like the rear wheels are providing some support.
In taller grass, pushing becomes difficult...the mower stops. I found that it's best to use short back-and-forth movements to get through these tough spots.
I also noticed that there is this type of weed...very tall and thin that the mower cannot get. The front part of the mower bends the weed so the blades never hit it. The weed pops up after the mower runs over it.
This mower is lightweight, easy to use and obviously doesn't use gas or pollute the air. It's a little louder than I expected, but nowhere near as loud as a gas mower. It's great for small lawns, but may not work on tall weeds.
I have had my scotts classic reel mower for at least seven years with excellent service.This mower has a 20 inch cut which is the same as many power mowers. The cutting height has two adjustable wheels that are easy to adjust just the push of a small handle on each wheel. These small wheels make this mower much easier to push than other reel mowers that I have used before, this mower cuts very well allmost like a power mower at times. My scotts classic is very light and small compared to a power mower, and I can store this mower it seems like almost anywhere A reel mower has a lot of advantages over a gas mower being no smog, or gas spills, and or oil spills. A reel mower is very quiet so you can hear if their is thunder around, or other things you need to hear.With a reel mower you have so much more convenience ,no expensive tuneups or oil changes and no expensive gas to buy or smell. But the biggest advantage that is often overlooked is safety of operation. Theres no throwing rocks, the blade does not cut off feet or fingers becouse this blade stops ,for example if you run over a very small stick. Which do you perfer a lawn mower with no pollution, that saves you a lot of money, with no tuneups no ,oilchanges and no gas. Also a lawn mower that is very safe to use. So in conclusion this is a great mower I would absolutely recomend to anyone to purchase .
Easy assembly, light weight and well made. You must understand the intended use of this mower. If you have a well manicured lawn that has only a stand of high quality grass, this mower will do a fine job. And will do it with a minimum of maintenance.
HOWEVER, If you have a lawn with weeds and spindly weeds that grow much taller and faster than the grass in you yard, this mower WILL NOT give a satisfactory result. It is NOT a fault of the mower. This type of mower is intended for a lawn with a healthy stand of grass only. The reel type blades will only push over the tall weeds and leave them standing in your lawn, leaving a scraggly unkempt appearance.
If the blades are kept sharp and properly adjusted this mower will give years of very satisfactory service. However, if your yard has spindly weeds do not buy this type of mower. Get a gas or electric power mower for a much better result.
Pros: Durable, Cuts Well, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Light Weight, Long-Lasting, very economical very low maintenance very quite, excellent mower for it's intended purpose.
I'm a mid-40's woman who has a 1/2 acre lawn to mow, including some serious slopes. I can't start the self-propelled mower or handle it easily on the hills, and decided that this year I wasn't going to deal with ripping out my shoulder or messing with the upkeep of the gas mower, so I purchased this 20" reel mower from Scott's. Good decision! While I don't feel I expend any more effort than mowing with the gas mower, I do notice my upper arms are getting a good workout. Also, since I type for a living, I notice that I don't miss the horrid vibrations I get from the gas mower. The reel mower cuts the grass easily, and it really only takes me about 8 minutes longer than it used to with the gas mower. I also feel like I'm more "in charge," which, oddly enough, gives me a feeling of being proactive ... and even enjoying a chore that I used to really dislike. :-) It's easy to push, and I really would not go with one that cuts less than 20". I find I do like to overlap my "lines" more so than I did with the gas mower. A 16" would be too small, I think. I also like going out in the morning before the gas mowers get started. My neighbors wonder how my lawn is cut before they get going on a Saturday!
5out of5found this review helpful.
Review 19 for 20 in. Classic Reel Mower
from Madison, WI
Not your Grandfather's mower
PostedJune 6, 2009
No, I do not recommend this product.
If you are looking at these reel mowers as updated versions of the REEL mowers that were successfully used for a century or more, these are not it.
The blades are too closely set together, on too small of a cage and are connected directly to the drive wheels. This doesn't seem like a problem in the store, but when you are at home and the drive wheels loose traction on the ground, THE BLADES DON'T TURN! IF the blades don't turn, no grass gets cut.
In addition, with the cage and blades on a direct gear instead of on ball bearings, the cage doesn't spin fast enough to cut each blade 2-5 times in each pass as the older models did. It was this functionality that allowed the older mowers to slice the grass clippings 2-5 times before they were redeposited on the lawn. Thus giving an early mulching effect if you double cut your lawn; and that perfectly manicured look.
The worst travesty of engineering with these mowers is the narrow cage, single cutting edge and the too closely set blades. Longer grass or dandylions don't get a chance to stand up and be scissored even once. The mower merely gently bends over the longer blades and leves them perfectly untouched while clipping the shorter blades. In the older models they would cut in both directions to avert this problem and would BREAK the longer stems so the mower would scissor the broken longer blades.
I have dreamed for the past 9 years of the old reel mower I foolishly gave away when we moved to a 5 acre property. I thought these newer, longer and lighter models would be an improvement. I have never been more wrong and more disappointed. I will be returning mine after only one "use". If you could call the incredibly poor performance achieved with this mower, use. Our electric trimmer cuts more effectively.
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Review 20 for 20 in. Classic Reel Mower
from Clever Missouri
Age Range:55 to 64
Good overall mower for small lawns and around hard to reach places