Should I Buy a Tru Cut Reel Mower?
My $159 Walmart rotary mower has stopped working about 5 years (plug keeps fouling and engine putters out). I also have a relatively new push (non-powered) reel mower, but it is useless during much of the growing season b/c the grass gets to thick for it to cut. I have 4000 SF of hybrid Bermuda (live in North Texas) and like to keep it between 1/2 and 1 inch in height (although with the rotary keeping it at 1 inch is often difficult without scalping). The lawn has a lot of curves and some trees. Some mild slopes in the lawn near the curved shrub beds (which could probably be leveled out some if necessary). I am trying to decide between buying a good powered reel OR rotary mower (don't want another cheap mower). I could probably handle taking the mowing to a shop for service once a year, but taking it more it that would not be desirable. Any suggestions on what type of mower? It would be easy to buy a rotary mower since they are sold everywhere. If I decide to go with a reel I would want one of the professional or commercial Tru Cuts, and am not sure whether a 20 inch, 25 inch of 27 inch would be best (cost not being the primary concern). All opinions would be appreciated. Thanks