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American Lawn Mower 1204-14, 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower Review

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Precise, compact and lightweight, the American Lawn Mower 1204-14 14 Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower is great for those tiny lawns or backyards that make a gas or electric mower look like overkill. With just 14 inches of cutting width and height adjustment of 0.5 to 1.5 inches, this push mower skates on grass quick.

Even if you happen to have a larger motored mower, getting this reel mower will only aid in finishing lawn duties faster. Imagine those tiny patches left untouched by your more powerful mower, with this American reel lawn mower you can make quick one-last touch ups.

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Product Info:

  • Walk Behind Lawn Mower
  • Reel Mower

Features:

  • 14 inch cutting deck
  • Ideal for most turf grasses
  • Clean, precise, scissor-like cut
  • Steel construction
  • 8.5 inch polymer wheels
  • Cutting height between 0.5 and 1.5 inch
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Limited 90 days warranty

In-depth Review of the American Lawn Mower 1204-14, 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower 

American Lawn Mower 1204-14 Hand Reel 14 Inch Push Lawn Mower wheelsEase Of Use

First and foremost, this reel mower lacks about 4 to 6 inches on an average push mower’s cutting deck reach. Being just 14 inches wide, expect a bit more pushing around and few extra passes to mow your lawn. Having said that, the fact that it weighs just 19 pounds fully assembled makes this the lightest push mower around. This makes it really simple to maneuver, corner and even push uphill. The blade arrangement also helps by ensuring a frictionless cut on any grass type be it fescue, rye or bluegrass.

As for first-time use, the entire unit comes in parts with all the nuts and bolts included in the packaging. It takes about 15 minutes following the instructions to get it up and running. A word of advice, before using it for the first time, oil the moving components to ensure a smooth break-in.

 

Cut Quality

Handle detail

Handle detail

While we are inclined to say that this mower has the best cut quality of all push mowers, the only gripe is its petite cutting deck. Being lightweight and quick on the ground, it mows through tall and short grass rather efficiently but needs more number of walk-throughs to complete mowing. Moreover, because of its lightweight nature, it tends to leave out that odd grass blade which was longer than the rest or of a different type. As for edge mowing, this mower gets pretty close to the sides but still requires an edge trimmer to get the job done.

 

Height Adjustment

0.5 to 1.5 inches is all you get so be regular with your lawn care. If you let the grass catch pace, you may have to spend more time trying to even out the lawn to begin with. However, with a weekly manicured lawn, the American Lawn Mower 1204-14, 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower is quick and efficient. For regular mowing, the 1 inch height works best leaving a clean, regular effect.

 

Maintenance

At times the mower blades get stuck on pinecone and twigs that entangle tight inside the blade’s spiral arrangement. To remove them try moving the mower back and forth a few times. Usually, the only part that wears away with time in a reel mower is the blade sharpness, which thankfully on the American Lawn Mower 1204 can be remade from your local workshop owing to the traditional design.

 

Cost Effectiveness

At least 30 dollars less than many reel mowers on the market, simple in its design and limited maintenance costs makes the American Lawn Mower 1204 an ideal investment for anyone, whether they have a high powered gas/electric mower or not. And for folks with a tiny lawn, this mower is lightweight, easy to use and needs no maintenance at all, or in other words – it’s a no-brainer.

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PROS:
  • Price tag
  • Durable steel
  • Lightweight
  • Easy cornering and mowing close to edgesss

CONS:
  • Only 90-days warranty

8.1 Total Score
Petite & Inexpensive

Need a standby reel mower? Have a small lawn? If price or your lawn size limits the type of push mower you can purchase then the American Lawn Mower 1204-14, 14 Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower is a good option. Not too expensive, neither dull in performance, this mower is designed to be rather easy and light on the pocket.

7.8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8.5
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
7.5
Maintenance
7.5
Cost Effectiveness
8
8.3User's score
Ease of Use
8.3
Cut Quality
8.6
Height Adjustment
8.3
Maintenance
8.3
Cost Effectiveness
8.3
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8.1 Total Score
Petite & Inexpensive

Need a standby reel mower? Have a small lawn? If price or your lawn size limits the type of push mower you can purchase then the American Lawn Mower 1204-14, 14 Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower is a good option. Not too expensive, neither dull in performance, this mower is designed to be rather easy and light on the pocket.

7.8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8.5
Cut Quality
7.5
Height Adjustment
7.5
Maintenance
7.5
Cost Effectiveness
8
8.3User's score
Ease of Use
8.3
Cut Quality
8.6
Height Adjustment
8.3
Maintenance
8.3
Cost Effectiveness
8.3
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General Info

Brand
AMERICAN LAWN MOWER
Mower Type
Deck Size
14 inch

Features

Mulching
Bag
Side-Discharge
BBC
Speed Control
Electric Start
CARB Compliant

Height Settings

Blades
5
Height Positions
2
Max. Height (inch)
1.5
Min. Height (inch)
0.5

Motor Info

Engine Brand
Motor Info
Max. Forward Speed (mph)
Max. Reverse Speed (mph)

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
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  1. Reply
    Jose M. Shively May 19, 2016 at 11:20 am
    4.5
    Ease of Use
    90
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    90
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Effectiveness
    90

    I was bit confused while purchasing a mower as I haven’t used it ever. I am happy I came across top5lawnmowers as it gave me an excellent mower. It works finely on my small lawn. I don’t know if it works on thick grass or not as I haven’t tried it yet. It comes with a normal price tag which is affordable. It weighs just 19 pounds which make it the lightest one. It doesn’t require much maintenance. The only thing is I need to oil it after few uses. Rest is all good.

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  2. Reply
    Scott H May 31, 2016 at 12:01 am
    4.3
    Ease of Use
    80
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    90
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Effectiveness
    80

    It is a nice small mower.

    + PROS: If the grass is not very long, it works nicely.
    - CONS: Not great for hills or under a lot of trees that drops branches. Branches get stuck in blade and is a hassle if you can't keep the area cleared.
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  3. Reply
    Daniel Stenger June 22, 2016 at 9:16 pm
    3.8
    Ease of Use
    80
    Cut Quality
    80
    Height Adjustment
    70
    Maintenance
    70
    Cost Effectiveness
    80

    This was one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. It was easy to put together, just make sure that if you have small hands like me you get someone to really tighten the bolts good though. It’s light, cuts grass like a dream, however it doesn’t edge. Also it’s a nice little workout and it’s easy to store. I’m diabetic and since using this. I’ve had to lower my insulin intake. So I highly reccomend this to anyone who wants a little cardio workout.

    - CONS: As always, replacement parts are ridiculously overpriced
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