NJ Warrior Princess - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
Like so many others here, I LOVE this little lawn mower!!! When we recently moved into our new home in May, the grass was out of control. We desperately needed something to cut it with, but had never used a power mower before. I particularly didn't like the ideas of having electrical cords to run over, or batteries to charge, or carting gas cans about. So when I found the Earthwise American reel mower on Target's website, it appealed to me on many different levels. And now that I bought one, I'm here to say, if you are debating buying this "quaint" little lawnmower, snap it up NOW. This baby does an amazing job!!! To begin, I was able to assemble the mower myself in about 10 leisurely minutes. Mowing is even easier. Just start rolling! We took the cue from other reviewers who recommended working in sections, rolling out to the furthest point before turning to continue mowing in the opposite direction. It is also recommended that you alter your mowing "pattern" from vertical to horizontal each time you cut. Apparently it's good for the grass. In late spring when I bought this mower, my goal was only to manage the length of the grass. But I will tell you this: after using it for 3 months, I am seeing a definite improvement in the appearance of the lawn. When we moved in, it was patchy with many bald spots. Now, it seems to be growing in nicely green and lush. And we haven't done anything extra. Just that it has been exceptionally rainy this summer. Some people have mentioned that their reel mower couldn't handle taller weeds and grasses. We found that to be true. It will cut some, but misses many others--flattening them to the ground only to pop up later. The answer is adding an edger to your simple lawn maintenance "system". After just one pass, we have had no more problems. Our total mowing area is about .60 acre, and this mower has been perfect for cutting a lawn of this size. But if you are really committed to a greener world and want to mow a larger area over several days, more power to you! It's good for your grass, and it's unbeatable exercise for you. I also noticed comments about neighbors and friends laughing at people using this lawnmower. Well we are happy to tell you we haven't noticed that at all. And now that the lawn is looking pretty darned awesome, I'm willing to bet we'll be seeing our neighbors pushing them too!!!