Using a Push Reel Mower for commercial use

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nogoodscallywag, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. nogoodscallywag

    nogoodscallywag LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I live in Indiana and have been offered by several nieghbors to be paid for using a small, manual push reel mower. Most yards are quite small. I mowed one in about 30 minutes with a gas powered push mower, but have never used one of those reel mowers that people just push around without any gas. I would think from reading on this site that it would take the above job about 1 hour to complete with the push mower, including going over areas that weren't cut.

    Would it be a good idea to purchase a small reel mower like the one Scott or Brill offers and then use it for commercial purposes? The yards are about 10 or so and small, but I am not sure one of these can handle 10 yards per week for the summer and fall season. I know about the small twigs and rocks that have to be looked out for but if I were to pick these up before mowing it should be a cinch (I like excercise).
  2. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Youll kill yourself with it...
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    No Way Man!
  4. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    If you're still alive about mid July, get back to us and let us know how it's going.
  5. Mic_bug

    Mic_bug LawnSite Member
    from N.B. MI
    Messages: 201

    generations 'for us have used and yes they died..but of natural causes:dancing:
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    are you going to bag it too? :) Why on earth would they want it mowed with a reel mower anyway? Will you be getting a buck a minute for using it? If not, I'd pass.
  7. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    I had heard rumors and other LCO's say the proper way to cut bermuda is with an old' fashion reel mower... just like some of the golf course machines have reels. Any truth to this?
  8. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    I think all the feedback is pretty conclusive ... I agree with the others !! When you're 65 you'd probably have some ruptured discs ... LOL.
  9. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    i have one that i will give away, no way am i using it
  10. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    if you can get enough customers you can find mclane reel mowers for around 300 on craigslist all the charge them 50 percent more though

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