fiskars stay sharp max reel mower, before you buy a reel mower
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Kick the tires
Small front wheels make for easier maneuvering and, in this case, help ease height adjustment by the lever in front. Inset wheels allow the blades to extend across the mower, so you can make a close cut along walls and edges.

Measure the shave
Some types of turfgrass are healthier when kept up to about 4 inches tall. We like the model shown because, unlike some reel mowers, it adjusts to cut grass to that height. The reel raises easily by adjusting the lever to one of nine positions, starting at 1 inch, while keeping the blades in the optimal position for cutting.
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