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Old 05-26-11, 05:07 PM   #1
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Check it out on-line. There a tons of really great reviews.

I got mine this afternoon and so far, it's preformed up to expectations.


YouTube - ‪Live Green Mom reviews the Fiskars Momentum Push Reel Mower‬‏

Fiskars 6201 18-Inch Staysharp Push Reel Lawn Mower - amazon.com

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Used it again yesterday after our bike ride. It's not real hard to push up our backyard hills,
but it does provide a pretty good workout (for older guys anyways).

I'm giving this product 4 stars.. (for helping with my PRP Potbelly Reduction Program).
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So far, we have not had to crank up the gas mower. But, there are some tall weeds
in one small area of the lawn, that are too tall for the reel mower.
So, I'm next weekend, I'm planing on burning some gasoline!
Shouldn't take more than 5 minutes of run time.

We have had a lot of cool weather since May 26, so the grass hasn't been hard
to keep up with. Even my wife likes the workout. (Unless it's too hot out).
However, I do most of the mowing (since I'm trying to drop a few pounds).



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Thanks, it is good to know from a "real person" -- I'm always a little suspicions of online reviews. The one advantage I can see is that the drive wheels (for the reel) will stay in contact with the ground.

Some steady exercise is probably just what the doctor order, for most of us.

I use a corded electric and/or a grass whip when things gets to tall for the reel mower. And an electric strimmer.
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I've been thinking about a tiny DIY push mower. Sorta like an electric weed wacker
that had wheels to control the height of the cut.

Maybe a good cordless string slinger with some little bicycle training wheels.?.
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I've been thinking about a tiny DIY push mower. Sorta like an electric weed wacker
that had wheels to control the height of the cut.

Maybe a good cordless string slinger with some little bicycle training wheels.?.
I've been thinking the same way. The more I tinker with electric motors and look at how electric string trimmers are built, the more I think, "Marry a string trimmer to a walk-behind and..."

I now have a Flymo hovering mower, powered by a tiny two-cycle Tecumseh engine, and it's made me think I could substitute an electric motor, maybe even swap out the metal blade for a string trimmer-like arrangement...a home-made hovering electric mower.

Sure to generate more rubbernecking from the neighbors...
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strings don't provide much lift do they?
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Ya know, I assumed (and ya know what happens when ya do that) the Flymo blades both cut the grass and provided lift. Then I turned the mower over.

Turns out there is a separate impeller, above the cutting blades, that does the lifting.

So, me thinkin' is that string weighs less than that blade...may offset the possibility that an AC motor could weigh more than this flyweight 2-cycle ICE.

Must send Igor in search of lightweight, high rpm motors that can swing string. Shouldn't be too hard to find such creatures. Maybe I just use a motor from an electric string trimmer. It will be swinging longer lengths of string than a trimmer, though. A bit of empirical testing is in order...
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I was thinking of getting a good cordless string trimmer, when the Darkside of me
started whispering about using RC model brush-less motors strong plastic propellers..
That's just crazy!!

Flymo has been a puzzle to me since I first read about them. How could you pull the grass
into the upright cutting posistion, if you have the down-blast of a hovercraft??
Won't that push the grass down flat? Like a Harrier JumpJet?


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Makes you wonder what impeller/blade configurations they tried, i.e., how many failures preceded the current design. Did they try a lift-blade?

The impeller ejects air above and parallel to the blade, and not down onto it, so it seems there must be, relatively, less turbulence in the space below the impeller.

If you can picture this, a double-bell housing could isolate the impeller/air-lift plenum from the blade chamber. But the current Flymo models prove it does not seem necessary.

I mowed my front and side yards with it and was impressed with the cut: very tidy, even on the banks that drop down to the public sidewalk, and I'd let the grass get a bit tall at that. I did note that the mower tended to push this tall cut grass into piles, which sometimes collapsed onto the deck when poked, weighing down the mower after a long while and affecting the smoothness of the glide. I'd then release the kill-switch, flip the deck left and right to throw off the collected grass, and restart it. Cut the grass at more timely intervals and the problem is minimal.

The height of the cut is adjusted by adding or removing washer-like spacers between the impeller and the blade.

On sidewalks and driveways it truly does glide, and easily too.

Hardcore mower nuts may sniff at the lightweight components, the almost toy-like quality it exudes, the 15in. cut, and the fact that it's European. Hmmm, wasn't the Harrier a foreign-built hovering object, too?

I'm starting to think that if string replaced the blade, the former would be too affected by the blast of air from the impeller, especially at the tips of the string. Perhaps string length would be limited to the impeller diameter...no, a double-bell housing would address that...

Thinking too much...empirical test-time.

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