5-blade, zero-maintenance reel mower with wide cutting deck, tall cutting height options, and durable materials
The Great States 815-18 Deluxe push reel lawn mower cuts your grass either very short or leaves a little length if you want that more luxurious, roll-around-in type grass. It also has a wide cutting deck for fewer passes and is made from sturdy materials so you don’t have to look for another reel mower only a few years down the road.
5-blade, tempered alloy steel reel
One of the key features of this Great States mower is the blades. There are five of them and they are made from heat-treated tempered alloy steel for superior durability. They are also smooth-spinning and ball-bearing. The bed knife blade is also made from tempered alloy steel, so the entire reel construction of this mower is solid and built to last.
Cutting height from 1/2-inch to 2-3/4-inch
When it comes to cutting, the Great States offers you a height range between ½-inch and 2 ¾-inch. You can either cut your grass super short for a golf-course look or leave the grass with a little length. Certain grasses need to be a little taller for grass-health purposes, so having that freedom with height adjustments means this mower works on more grass types than reels with less range.
10-inch wheels and radial rubber tires
Moving your reel mower around your lawn needs to be easy, or you’ll get frustrated and tired quickly. The 815-18 has 10-inch wheels with radial rubber tires for easy rolling and strong traction for those rougher terrains. You won’t feel like you’re dragging the mower or that you’re just pushing grass around without cutting.
Wide cutting width
One of the best features of this mower is the wide cutting width. At 18 inches, you can cut more of your lawn with fewer passes. Mowing won’t take hours and hours, and you can be finished cutting your grass and enjoying the results in very little time, depending on how big your lawn is.
As with all reel mowers, this mower doesn’t need any sort of maintenance with oil or gas. What makes this mower especially low-effort is the fact that it has a powder-coat finish. This helps prevent rust on the metal blades and increase the lifespan of the mower.
Using the Great States 815-18 Deluxe is easy and comfortable. It has a loop-style handle with cushion grips so you can hold on to the handle and sweat without getting painful blisters. It also weighs about 27 pounds, so most people can push it without too much effort.
Doesn’t cut tall grass/weeds
One of the Great States’ weakness is one that most reel mowers share. It doesn’t cut tall grass or weeds very well. Without any sort of engine “suction” that pulls taller grasses into the blades, the Great States tends to just push stalks over. This encourages you to keep your grass at a reasonable height and to use other tools (weedwackers) on the parts of your lawn with weeds.
Assembly can be tricky
Another issue (one that’s specific to this mower) is that assembly can be a little tricky. Because the parts are so durable, you have to exert a bit of effort in attaching the handle to the mower. If you expect assembly to be a breeze, you might be unpleasantly surprised, but compared to gas or electric-powered mowers, putting together the Great States is still extremely easy.
With its wide cutting deck and durable materials, the Great States 815-18 Deluxe push reel lawn mower is ideal for fast cutting on smaller lawns. It has five very sharp and very sturdy blades that can keep your grass very short or up to 2 ¾-inches long, and is easy for most people to use, including tweens and teens.