push reel lawn mower
Photo: Courtesy of Scotts
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Mower Types: Push Reel

Five steel blades rotating on a horizontal axis snip the grass cleanly, like scissors, against a stationary cutting bar; $80–$200. Shown: Scotts 2000-20, $140; scotts.com

Pros: Quiet; inexpensive; no fuel to buy or exhaust to smell; low maintenance; easy to store.

Cons: Most have a narrow cutting width, 14 to 18 inches, and a cutting height of less than 3 inches; can't mulch or cut grass that's tall or lying down.
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