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Dusting Off: The Push Reel Mower

  • Najib Benouar

Lawn Mower

At some point in the past, when a man wanted to manicure his small patch of land, he wouldn’t reach for a gas-powered contraption. He’d reach for something that could do the trick just as well, thanks to a little elbow grease and ingenuity: a push reel mower.

Technically, push reel mowers never left—you can find a surprisingly modernized one here—but they haven’t been popular since the days your granddad was mowing lawns for summer cash. And nowadays the only time you might even come across one is in the assortment of well-placed rusty props leaning in the corner of your favorite faux-mercantile café.

But they’re a viable option for today’s modern lawn-mowing man. Allow us to explain why they deserve a good dusting-off.»

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