Great States Reel Mower Reviews

Thank you for visiting our Great States Reel Mower review page.

We decided to do something a bit different with this review page, compared with other lawn mower review pages on this site.

There are a number of Great States Reel Mower models on the market, most of whom have similar specifications.

With that in mind, we have decided to combine them all on to one page, so you can see at a glance the differences between them. We have put the reviews in model number order, so it is easy for you to search for the one you are after.

The models we’ve reviewed are :

  • 204-14 14-Inch
  • 304-14 14-Inch
  • 404-16 16-Inch
  • 415-16 16-Inch
  • 705-16 16-Inch
  • 815-18 18-Inch

We have then put the good points and bad points about each model and scored the mower out of 100.

We hope you find this page useful.

Great States Reel Mowers – Product Details & Specifications

Just to give you an idea of a reel mower in action, here’s a short clip produced by Mowers Direct :

Most of the models are built from tempered alloy steel and have heat-treated blades, which stay sharper longer. The plates are made from very strong steel and the models are finished in a tough coating to prevent rust.

T-style handles have plastic or foam handles for a comfortable grip. Wheels are made from a tough plastic with rubber tires to promote excellent grip and traction. So you won’t be wasting your valuable energy with slipping wheels.

Cutting height adjustment on most models is easily achieved without tools – using a simple wing nut.

 

Great States 204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Push Lawn Mower

This is one of the cheapest reel mowers in the Great States stable, but don’t let the price fool you. It does the job very effectively. Great States Reel Mower

  • Model : 204-14
  • Dimensions : 23 x 8.5 x 13 inches
  • Weight : 20 lbs
  • Wheels : 8.5 inches composite wheels with rubber radial tires
  • Cutting Width : 14 inches
  • Cutting Height : 1 to 1.75 inches (3 setting positions)
  • Blades : 3 spider 4 blade ball bearing reel
  • Discharge : Rear discharge – bagger sold separately
  • Assembly Required : Simple set up and adjustments with wing nuts. No tools required.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower (Rear discharge of grass)
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • Hard enamel paint is tough and won’t rust.
  • Easy cutting height adjustment.
  • Heat Treated Blades Stay Sharp Longer, Making A Quality Cut.
  • Cushion grips for a comfortable grip.
  • Cuts evenly
  • Easy to maintain
  • Great value for money

Bad Points :

  • You might strain your back if you are over 6ft 3in

We score the Great States 204-14 model : 86 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Great States 304-14 14-Inch Economy Push Reel Lawn Mower

Another one from the budget range. Again, a solid performer that won’t let you down.

  • Model : 304-14
  • Dimensions : 23 x 13 x 8.5 inches
  • Weight : 21 lbs
  • Wheels : 10 inches with ball bearings and rubber radial tires
  • Cutting Width : 14 inches
  • Cutting Height : 1 inch to 1.75 inches
  • Blades : 3 Spider 5 Blade (heat-treated alloy steel & cutter bar). Ball Bearing Reel.
  • Discharge : Rear discharge. Rear bagger sold separately.
  • Assembly Required : Simple set up and adjustments with wing nuts. No tools required.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • Rolls easy
  • Good traction
  • Gives a clean, precise, scissor – like cut
  • Easy to lift and manoeuver
  • Very quiet

Bad Points :

  • Cut the lawn weekly to avoid the problems of snagging in longer grass.
  • Struggles to cut dandelion stems.

We score the Great States 304-14 model : 83 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Great States 404-16 16-Inch Standard Push Light Reel Lawn Mower With T-Style Handle

Next up, is the slightly larger Great States 404 model, standing at a 16 inch width. This lawn mower has had more mixed reviews. We can understand why, but it still stands up as a very good model.

  • Model : 404-16
  • Dimensions : 10.2 x 13.8 x 23 inches
  • Weight : 25 lbs
  • Wheels : 10 inch composites with radial tread tires
  • Cutting Width : 16 inches
  • Cutting Height : 0.5 inches to 1.75 inches (3 setting positions)
  • Blades : 4 Spider 5 Blade, Ball Bearing Tempered Alloy Steel Reel
  • Discharge : Rear discharge. Rear bagger sold separately.
  • Assembly Required : Simple set up and adjustments with wing nuts. No tools required.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • Unbreakable steel plate
  • The blades on this model are very sharp

Bad Points :

  • Regularly mowing your grass to under 2-2.5″ might promote clover and weed growth (try the 705 model, below).

We score the Great States 404-16 model : 83 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Great States 415-16 16-Inch Standard Full Feature Push Reel Lawn Mower

Another solid performer, with no real issues to report.

  • Model : 415-16
  • Dimensions : 23.1 x 10.6 x 13.8 inches
  • Weight : 25 lbs
  • Wheels : 10 inch ball bearing wheels with rubber tires
  • Cutting Width : 16 inches
  • Cutting Height : 0.5 inch to 2.50 inches
  • Blades : 5 blade 4 spider ball bearing reel
  • Discharge : Rear discharge with a bag sold separately
  • Assembly Required : Simple set up and adjustments with wing nuts. No tools required.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • Even in thicker grass, this model is easy to roll and turn.
  • Sturdy, heavy, steel construction.

Bad Points :

  • As with other models in the range, the longer the grass, the less likely for a first time cut.

Great States 415-16 Owners Manual

We score the Great States 415-16 model : 87 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Great States 705-16 16-Inch Specialty Push Reel Lawn Mower For Low Growing Creeping Grasses

For a bit more in cost, you really do get a step up in class with the Great States 705-16 model.

  • Model : 705-16
  • Dimensions : 23.2 x 13.9 x 10 inches
  • Weight : 24 lbs
  • Wheels : 10 inch ball bearing wheels (2 ¾ inch Molded Hub Caps)
  • Cutting Width : 16 inches
  • Cutting Height : 0.5 inch to 2.25 inches – with an adjustable 7 section roller
  • Blades : 4 Spider 7 Blade, Ball Bearing Reel
  • Discharge : Rear discharge – bagger sold separately
  • Assembly Required : Simple assembly and adjustments with nuts and bolts.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • 1 inch welded torsion bar tub Frame is very durable and will last for years.
  • You really will see the benefits of this lawn mower with low growing grasses (say Bermuda or Zoysia and bent grass).
  • Good reputation reel mower.

Bad Points :

  • As with the other reel mowers this will jam occasionally when you roll over a stick.
  • Unlike other models, this is not assembled / adjusted with wing nuts. You will need a wrench.

Great States 705-16 Owner’s Manual

We score the Great States 705-16 model : 90 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Great States 815-18 18-Inch Deluxe Push Reel Lawn Mower

And so we come to the daddy of the group the Great States 815-18 18 inch model. This doesn’t cost much more than any of the previous models, but it is by far the best.

  • Model : 815-18
  • Dimensions : 25 x 14 x 10.5 inches
  • Weight : 27 lbs
  • Wheels : 10 inch ball bearing wheels, with rubber tread for extra grip.
  • Cutting Width : 18 inches
  • Cutting Height : 0.5 inches to 2.75 inches
  • Blades : 4 Spider 5 Blade, Ball Bearing Reel
  • Discharge : Rear discharge. Bagger is available separately.
  • Assembly Required : Very easy. Ergonomic wing nuts mage for easily assembly.
  • Cutting Method : Manual Push Mower
  • Warranty : 1 year

Good Points :

  • 2 inch welded shrub bar
  • Heat treated blades which stay sharp longer, delivering a quality cut, time after time.
  • Wing nuts in several places to make for easy adjustment of the handle and the height.
  • Loop-Style Handle. Cushion Grips For Comfortable And Easy Operation.

Bad Points :

  • None

We score the Great States 815-18 model : 94 out of 100

Customer Reviews : Amazon customer reviews

To read more information, or to purchase this model, please click on the Amazon link below.

 

Summary

Whichever mower you choose, we’d like to leave you with a few tips :

Tip 1 : We suggest for longer grass is to rake it first to make it stand up and easier to cut.

Tip 2 : Try mowing over the same patch of grass from two different directions for an even cut.

Tip 3 : When you’ve finished mowing your lawn, we highly recommend wiping the blade reel edges and cutting bar edge with WD-40. Or use motor oil or vegetable oil or candle wax – anything to prevent oxidation.

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Greenworks 25052 Review

Another reel mower review from our stable of lawn mowers. Greenworks have a couple of reel mowers – we chose model 25052 to review.

Greenworks 25052 Product Detail

There is a little assembly involved when you unbox this – but nothing too taxing.

In line with most reel mowers, the Greenworks 25052 we reviewed is best left to grass that is below 3 inches tall. If you have a jungle, you might want to consider alternatives. That said the cut is very even.

Of course there are many advantages in using a manual reel mower – most of which are environmental. The 25052 does tick most of the boxes.

It’s easy to operate. It’s clean and you can quickly finish your whole lawn, without the laborious setting up.

And of course it is very easy to clean when you’ve finished. Simple, effective and it does the job.

Specifications

  • Full Descriptive Title : Greenworks 25052 16-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower With Grass Catcher
  • Model : 25052
  • Power : Manual Push Mower
  • Blade : Cylinder
  • Cutting Height : 1 inch to 2 and 1/8 inch (3 position height adjustment)
  • Cutting Width : 16 inches
  • Propulsion : Manual Push Mower
  • Grass Collection : Rear Discharge Bag (included)
  • Wheel Size : Front – 10 inches / Rear Roller – 2 inches
  • Weight : 26 pounds
  • Warranty : 4 years

Summary

Good Points :

  • This is a great mower for a very affordable price.
  • Long term warranty is better than its competitors

Areas for Improvement :

  • There are more smoothly operated manual reel mowers. However, for the price, we can’t really complain.
  • The grass catcher isn’t the best – you might just want to take it off after a while. It seems to just hang on the back, and this might irritate some people.

Other things to be aware of :

  • The blades are of high quality, but sharpening them often will reduce the effort you have to put in and it also provides a cleaner cut as well.
  • When you need to purchase a blade sharpening kit, then one is available here – Scotts Classic Sharpening Kit – Reel Mower

As always, we like to provide you with independent reviews as well as our own. They can be found here.

We award the Greenworks 25052 reel mower a review score of :

87 out of 100

Please click on the link below to purchase, or to read more information.

Recommended Alternative Push Mower(s)

Fiskars 6201 Review

Thank you for visiting our Fiskars 6201 review page.

We were aware that Fiskars has patent pending technology for its reel mower system and wanted to see what made this mower better than any of the longer established company’s reel mowers.

Is the technology really that much more advanced ? How advanced can a reel mower be ?

Fiskars 6201 – Product Details

Out of the box, this is easily set up. The comfort-grip handle is adjustable to suit your height.

Fiskars claim that their 6201 model is 60% easier to push than other models thanks to their InertiaDrive system. A common issue with manual reel mowers is that they can easily get clogged up with larger lumps of debris (such as twigs). However, this mower has enough innovative features to blast through such things.Fiskars 6201 review graphic

The StaySharp Cutting System, used by the Fiskars 6201, means that there is less of a need to have the blades (of which there are five) sharpened every year or so.

The wheels are deliberately set inside of the blades. This enables lawn cutting to be achieved right up to the edge of fences and other obstacles.

A discharge chute on top of the reel, ensures that the grass cuttings are thrown forward, and not over your feet. A grass bag (purchased separately) will fit on the front of the mower to collect the grass clippings.

This push mower is not troubled by certain types of grass. It can cope with even the toughest of varieties, again thanks to its superior blades and cutting system.

To see a demonstration of the Fiskars 6201, please click on the video below.

Specifications

  • Full Descriptive Title : Fiskars 6201 18-Inch StaySharp Max Push Reel Lawn Mower
  • Model : 6201
  • Power : Manual push mower
  • Speed : N/A
  • Blade : 5 blade Reel (StaySharp Cutting System)
  • Cutting Height :  1 inch to 4 inches
  • Cutting Width : 18 inches
  • Propulsion : Manual push mower
  • Start : N/A
  • Fuel Tank : N/A
  • Grass Collection : Bag available separately
  • Wheel Size : Front – xxx inches / Rear – xxx inches
  • Weight : 52.2 pounds
  • Warranty : 3 years

 Summary

Okay, we’ll gloss over the fact that a manual reel push mower is environmentally friendly, cheap to maintain, is quiet, and keeps you fit. They are obvious benefits. Let’s focus on this particular mower.

Good Points :

  • This lawn mower is actually easier to use than some power mowers.
  • The scissor like cuts certainly prove to leave a better finish than some powered lawn mowers.
  • The wheel placements do look a bit odd, but their positioning enables you to mow right up to the edge of your lawn (be that a wall, fence, flower border, or path).
  • Easy adjustments to the cutting height with a single lever (usually found on power mowers).
  • The ergonomically friendly handle – with foam covering – makes this a very comfortable lawn mower to use.
  • The ease in which this mower cuts through the grass.
  • The unusually wide range of cutting heights (1 inch to 4 inches), puts this on a par with powered mowers.

Areas for Improvement :

  • None : As manual reel mowers go, you’re going to struggle to find anything better than this.

Other things to be aware of :

  • As a little tip : To manoeuvre this lawn mower, it is best to lift it onto its back wheels, rather than trying to turn it on all four wheels.
  • A grass catcher attachment is available from here : Fiskars 6201 Grass Catcher 

There are a lot of customer reviews on Amazon for this product and you can read them here.

We award the Fiskars 6201 a review score of :

95 out of 100

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