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Buddy of mine just put down a good bit of Zoysia and wants to get a residential reel mower. Small lot maybe 1/3 of an acre, allegedly reel mowers are best. Anyone with experience? I’ll probably be in the same boat when new house is built so curious as well. I don’t want a lawn service hacking up $15K in sod.
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Unless there is a 8,000 sq ft ranch on the property, or something else instead of grass a one third acre property is an awful lot of grass to do with a non-motorized reel mower.

I had the same size lot with a ranch of less than 2,000 sq ft ranch and a single driveway. Admittedly it was a moist lot where the grass grew fast and thick. I had a self propelled standard size mower.

I enjoy that type of manual labor on my own house much more than most. But it was a workout on a hot day.
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Unless there is a 8,000 sq ft ranch on the property, or something else instead of grass a one third acre property is an awful lot of grass to do with a non-motorized reel mower.

I had the same size lot with a ranch of less than 2,000 sq ft ranch and a single driveway. Admittedly it was a moist lot where the grass grew fast and thick. I had a self propelled standard size mower.

I enjoy that type of manual labor on my own house much more than most. But it was a workout on a hot day.
Motorized https://www.mowersdirect.com/Califor...er/p82167.html

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Yeah, I had one briefly and it sucked. It will just bend over anything that's an inch taller than anything else around it. And it'll be a b!tch to push through Zoysia.

I couldn't get rid of mine fast enough.
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We’re thinking self propelled for sure.
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
We’re thinking self propelled for sure.
My link above

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Originally Posted by xl883lo View Post
Thanks will check those out.
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Originally Posted by Badbagger View Post
Thanks will check those out.
had a motorized unit similiar to the one linked, for some reason I think ours was a Toro but I can’t remember, it’s been a while ago.

If I’m remembering correctly it basically had a clutch for the reel and then two clutches for drive “wheels” on the rear operated with your thumbs. Might have just been a single drive clutch, really can’t remember.

great cut on zoysia or bermuda, although personally I wouldn’t mess with for bermuda, it does make more sense for zoysia.

Have to keep the cylinder sharp. Maintenance was more involved than a regular push mower too.

They also make pull behind set ups - may be worth looking into for a little larger lot.
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Most people don't know the difference between Zoysia and Bermuda--except the Bermuda has got to be cut twice a week in the heat of the summer when properly fertilized.

Reel mowers should be reserved for golf courses for very, very short cuts. And it's maintained by professional turf managers. Their reel mowers are hydraulically powered and Toro is the giant in those fields. Every Toro dealer has a reel mower sharpener machine that runs all day long sharpening reels.

If the yard is not very large, just get yourself a Honda self propelled mower with the grasscatcher. They don't come any better as the grass catcher is like a vacuum--taking up all the clippings. They also have a very long lifespan.
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Thanks JC.
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As others have said, they are a lot of work. When I was at UGA I worked for the grounds crew cutting the stadiums. We had big five gang fairway mowers and they were a pain in the ass to keep up and running and we had a big budget. We had one walk behind that we used for the infield of the baseball field. You will need to spend some time and money topdressing your lawn to get it level before you ever run a reel over it. As noted, they won't cut grass over about 1.5" tall.

It is doable, but it is a major pain in the ass and a bunch of work. If done correctly the end result will be great and the envy of the neighbors. Good luck.
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If it is the zoysia they are putting down for residential yards around here, it looks more like centipede than Bermuda The mower in the link above has 7 blades, golf course mowers have 9 or 11, so the cut is much finer.

bamaman has the right idea
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I will admit I am not familiar with Zoysia grass, BUT, I grew up cutting 5-7 acres of lawn an have used just about every type of mower there is. Now that my current house has a small lot and really hate mowing, LOL. I have been thinking of one of these. I drive by a lawn and garden center that uses them and the section that is mowed by it looks just beautiful!

https://www.husqvarna.com/us/product...c-lawn-mowers/
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That’ll free up time
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Just put new zoysia lawn in this past October , found a crazy deal on a trucut 27 reel mower on Craigslist . Thing is bad ass, 3k mower for 500 bucks, basically new. All other reel mowers either cut too low(made for Bermuda) or are too light weigh for zoysiat. Trucut is your best option. I just learned how to backlap and sharpen it, and discovered a huge assortment of new herbicides.

Check out thelawnforum.com

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I can't imagine a homeowner having to keep the blades and bed knives sharp.

Can be done, you can buy a contraption, but nothing beats a professional that does it everyday.
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Originally Posted by nccoaster View Post
I can't imagine a homeowner having to keep the blades and bed knives sharp.

Can be done, you can buy a contraption, but nothing beats a professional that does it everyday.
It’s easy, all you do is hook it up to a drill and spin it backwards with a lapping compound. Took me 20 min and razor sharp.
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Originally Posted by OffshoreApparel.com View Post
Just put new zoysia lawn in this past October , found a crazy deal on a trucut 27 reel mower on Craigslist . Thing is bad ass, 3k mower for 500 bucks, basically new. All other reel mowers either cut too low(made for Bermuda) or are too light weigh for zoysiat. Trucut is your best option. I just learned how to backlap and sharpen it, and discovered a huge assortment of new herbicides.

Check out thelawnforum.com

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Couple things to do first if your going to use a reel mower. First is top dressing, its very important for several reasons. It's a must if your going to use a reel with a short cut. It also keeps the thatch in check. Then use a growth regulator monthly. I use Primo but there are several kinds. I spray monthly and only cut about 1/4" weekly.
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Originally Posted by JoCo34 View Post
Couple things to do first if your going to use a reel mower. First is top dressing, its very important for several reasons. It's a must if your going to use a reel with a short cut. It also keeps the thatch in check. Then use a growth regulator monthly. I use Primo but there are several kinds. I spray monthly and only cut about 1/4" weekly.
Thanks I watched a YouTube vid on top dressing last week, pretty important for sure.

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