Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-16-2014, 06:13 PM
delshouse delshouse is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 10
McLane Reel Mower versus Toro Rotary Mower

After talking with several of you on here i've gotten some great advise on what mower to use for my Zeon Zoysia grass. I know a reel mower is the best however, after further research i've noticed a lot of people say reel mowers are best for larger yards with a more straight away approach. I have about 5-7k square feet of Zoysia grass with areas that are not so straight such as around walkway that is curved and then near driveway (site won't let me upload photos for some reason, sorry). I've been told that getting a really good Toro Rotary will be just as effective because of all the turns in my yard. What are your thoughts and or advise??

thanks.

B
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-17-2014, 04:10 AM
greendoctor greendoctor is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 7,346
False. A McLane reel is one of the most easy to turn and manage reel mowers. It is as simple as making two mower width clean up passes around all edges and obstacles, then cross mowing the middles. If you run the drive at a reasonable speed, it negotiates turns no problem at all. This mower and the greensmowers are very hard to manage if you insist on running it at full speed. You would be horrified to know what I mow with a Toro GM1000. Not a straight line anywhere. The kinds of lawns I deal with have curving edges, free form landscaped areas in the middle and then are not flat.
__________________
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin 1775

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.
Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard's Almanac1738
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-17-2014, 05:33 AM
mrmeaner mrmeaner is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 24
Go for the reel mower...cutting with a reel mower is like the difference between getting a shave from using a old dull electric razor or getting one using a straight razor. One will will be shaggy and rough and the other will be perfectly smooth
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-17-2014, 01:03 PM
delshouse delshouse is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 10
Thanks guys that was a huge help.

Brian
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-17-2014, 01:27 PM
Will P.C. Will P.C. is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 933
I use an old beat up Mclane for my yard of about 12k sq ft and it is probably the easiest to navigate at full speed compared to top of the line brands like Toro. The cut from a Mclane will be miles better than any rotory mower.

With your amount of turf you could get away with getting it professionally sharpened once a year. I find the actual cutting more enjoyable and relaxing with a reel as well. With a rotory, you are essentially 'ripping' the grass instead of cutting it
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-20-2014, 08:00 PM
delshouse delshouse is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Charlotte
Posts: 10
Has anyone tried or know of anyone using a McLane 17inch push reel mower (non motorized)?? When trying to find a place to buy the 20inch motorized one this one kept popping up and was curious if this was worth the $300 savings.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-20-2014, 08:11 PM
greendoctor greendoctor is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posts: 7,346
Don't. It is not powerful enough and the clip rate not low enough to mow zoysia.
__________________
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin 1775

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.
Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard's Almanac1738
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:41 AM.

Page generated in 0.10170 seconds with 9 queries