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Push Reel Roundup: Scotts Classic 2000-20 vs Greenworks 25072 Lawn Mower

Updated on August 11, 2010

Once thought of as old fashioned, push reel lawn mowers are making a comeback. Younger, environmentally conscious people that grew up with gas mowers are discovering the advantages of classic models. The idea of a clean, quiet mower is intriguing to newcomers.

For one you are saving money. Filling a gas-powered mower gets more expensive every season. Push mowers on the other hand are powered by movement, so you don’t have to worry about gas, changing the oil or spark plugs.

Using a push reel lawn mower won’t take you any longer to cut the grass. Starting up, filling the tank and dealing with potential stalling is no longer an issue, so it might be quicker. The force needed is about the same for the most part. However thick and/or tall grass does require more physical exertion when using a push mower. Home owners are urged to cut the lawn more regularly than they may be used to. This way everything will be smooth sailing.

Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

The Scotts 2000-20 is quiet, even when compared to other push mowers. The difference is of course astounding after using something like a John Deere tractor for years.

Quality-wise the cut is comparable with any gas mower. You won’t find yourself having to go over the same spot twice as long as your lawn is reasonable in length. This puppy will plough through grass 3-4 inches tall, however anything above 6 inches isn’t recommended.

All that is required for assembly is a pair of pliers. The other tools you’ll need are included in the box. It should take you only around 15-20 minutes to read through the instructions and put it together, as it is pretty easy to follow.

After the job is done, you’ll be left with 2-3 inch clippings on your lawn. If you’re picky, this will create more work as you’ll have to reach for a rake. Those that don’t mind leaving behind some mulch will be satisfied with the Scotts. Since the clippings are fine, it will decay quickly adding humus to the soil.

Greenworks 25072 20-Inch 4-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower With Grass Catcher

While using this mower for the first time you will notice that the 4-blades produce very fine clippings, especially when compared to rotary gas-powered mowers. When compared to the Scotts, the cutting power isn’t quite as robust. You might find yourself going over heavy spots twice with the Greenworks.

While most lawn mower manufacturers are making their products in China, Greenworks has stuck with the USA. The 25072 model is made with American steel, and cuts no corners in order to save cost. Many of the cheap plastic components we’ve become accustomed to seeing on new lawn mowers are still made from metal on Greenworks products.

Unlike most push reel mowers, the Greenworks comes with a grass catcher that is attached to each side of the mower and clips onto the handle assembly. It takes a little adjusting to get it right via the strap that connects to the handle. You want to make sure that it doesn’t drag along the ground.

Review Conclusion

Both the Scotts and Greenworks are good mowers that should make it to the top of anyone’s list. The model you choose depends on your needs. Scotts Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower provides a better cut overall with a lower possibility of back-tracking. People with a well-kept, flat lawn will prefer the Greenworks because of its craftsmanship and grass catcher for managing the mess.


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