Scotts 2000-20 Reel Mower Review
This noiseless reel mower provides a classic low-tech (as in, person-power) grass-cutting solution. It's easy to maintain and store, and cuts without tearing the grass. Like other reel mowers, the Scotts 2000-20 has a cutting gap (the space between the wheels and blade), so you may need to make more passes. This 20-inch model doesn't work as well on tall grass, but users find it sufficient and even desirable for small yards.
Like all reel mowers, the Scotts 2000-20 Classic Reel Mower requires more muscle power than gas or electric mowers. But according to Scotts Classic Reel Mower reviews, users benefit from that extra effort. For one, Scotts Classic Reel Mower reviews on Amazon point out that users don't suffer any hearing impairment, don't inhale gas fumes, or get bathed in backflying dirt and dust. Moreover, they don't have to shell out big bucks to refuel a gasoline tank and their upper body gets a good workout. In a Scotts Classic Reel Mower review on the Target site, one woman writes that this mower is so easy to use that she now does much of the mowing even though she bought it for her husband. And yet, this is not the perfect mowing machine. We read several Scotts Classic Reel Mower reviews noting that you won't get a golf-course-like cut, and tall weeds tend to get knocked over rather than mowed; some users say a final pass with a string trimmer may be necessary. Also, it seems as though some grasses (i.e., thinner) are easier to cut with a reel mower than others, bumpy terrain can be a bit challenging, and small twigs can jam the blades. Keeping the blades sharp is obviously a big help. A number of Scotts Classic Reel Mower reviews report breakage problems with the handle, and several users have resorted to duct tape to gird the thin metal.
This is an almost noiseless and very low maintenance mower that's best suited for small (max 1/4 acre) yards that are relatively flat. Its five blades cut a path 20 inches wide at any of nine heights between 1 and 3 inches. The front wheels stand 10 inches high, and the 6-inch back wheels are supposed to enhance maneuverability. The companion 2010-20SG model comes with a grass catcher and sells for about $20 more; Scotts Classic Reel Mower reviews at Home Depot mostly consider the bagger a superfluous attachment.
Overall, the Scotts 2000-20 Classic Reel Mower would be a good choice for homeowners with limited space -- small yards, small garages, and no tool shed (just hang this on a wall) -- and a willingness to mow often enough to keep the grass to manageable heights. And, the price is hard to beat.