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LawnMaster LMRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower Review

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With 6 variable cutting heights to opt from and spirally-arranged, tough steel blades, the LawnMaster LRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower is one of the most preferred push reel mowers for small yards. No matter how tall or thick your grass is, or what time of the day it happens to be, you can easily push this around without worrying about noise or emissions. Especially great for people with back issues and limited mobility, the LawnMaster Reel Mower with its lightweight, yet sturdy build acts as a complete savior when you have some limited-area trimming to do. The loop styled handle is adjustable in height!

LawnMaster LMRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower Review

Product Info:

  • Walk Behind Lawn Mower
  • Reel Mower

Features:

  • 16-inch cutting deck
  • 6 cutting heights from 1.375 Inch to 2.5 inch
  • Adjustable ergonomic loop style handle
  • 5 hardenend steel blades
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • 2-years warranty


In-depth Review of the LawnMaster LMRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower

Ease of Use

Especially since the cutting is completely mechanical and there’s no motorized mechanism to run the blades, it takes a great deal of effort to tug any reel mower. So it’s expected from a user-friendly mechanical lawn mower that it should not be heavy. I’m glad to state that the LawnMaster LRM1601 weighs around 30 pounds, and hence doesn’t tire you out with all the pushing. Moreover, there’s hardly any assembling required; you just need to fit the handles and get started right away. On the whole, there are no complicated settings or adjustment to break your head over. But I should also mention a couple of issues, first of which is that it does not do a good job if the turf is too uneven. Nor does it function well when there’s too much thatch or weeds involved. This mower does a good job only on an even-surfaced yard, sized up to one fourth of an acre.

 

Cut Quality

LawnMaster LMRM1601 Height Adjustment

You can choose between 6 height positions ranging from 1.375 – 2.5 inches

I’ve used several reel mowers in which the wheels keep getting stuck in thick patches or small pits. Thankfully that’s not the case with this LawnMaster 16-inch reel mower. The 7” rear wheels and 10” front wheels are perfectly coordinated when pushed. I’ve already spoken about the 5 blade-helical system. Now, during my initial use of the machine during the first 15 weeks or so, the blades were deliciously sharp. Afterwards, I’ve started to notice a gradual decline, and I assume in a couple of months ahead, I would have to get them re-sharpened. I’ve tested this reel mower on various grass types; I mean conventional ones like Kentucky and Zoysia, as well as uncommon ones like Bentgrass. Only thing, you cannot mow very large areas (considering the 16” cutting deck), very dense or tall patches and uneven terrain. That’s why this LawnMaster mower is mostly recommended as a back-up mower for urban home-owners.

 

Height Adjustment

There are 6 different height adjustments of the cutting blades, all lying between 1.375 inches to 2.5 inches. Honestly that’s not a very big range, but it’s manageable for the kind of touch-ups and trimming that the LawnMaster 16” Reel Mower is supposed to do. Adjusting the height is very easy, and so is the height adjustment of the handles.

 

Maintenance

This reel mower from LawnMaster comes with a 2 years warranty period, which is quite impressive, if we take into account the purchase cost. Also another pro is that there are no major maintenance and repairs-related expenditure in the long run. The only places where you’ll need to shelve out money is for the periodic sharpening of blades, and for unforeseen emergencies. The material and build also seems to be quite durable, unlike so many other flimsy reel mowers in the market that end up with broken parts in just a few uses!

 

Cost Effectiveness

If you compare the functionality vis-à-vis the costing of the LawnMaster LMRM1601, it comes to being satisfactory. There’s a limited range of mowing that this reel mower performs with finesse (unless you’re a Superhero who can mow across your entire half acre turf without getting tired!) You can consider purchasing this mower as a secondary one, in addition to the electric or gas-powered one that you primarily use.

LawnMaster LMRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower close-up



PROS:
  • Ergonomic
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Affordable
  • 2-years warranty

CONS:
  • Only suitable for leveled, small lawns


8.4 Total Score
Perfect Small Reel Mower for Urban Use

Well, the LawnMaster LRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower is the perfect lawn maintenance tool for all your requirements between regular mows. Not only is it pocket-friendly, but is also easy to use and provides great value for money, coupled with laudable physical workout as you mow along!

7.8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7
Height Adjustment
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
8
9User's score
Ease of Use
9.5
Cut Quality
9
Height Adjustment
8.5
Maintenance
9
Cost Effectiveness
9
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8.4 Total Score
Perfect Small Reel Mower for Urban Use

Well, the LawnMaster LRM1601 16-inch Reel Mower is the perfect lawn maintenance tool for all your requirements between regular mows. Not only is it pocket-friendly, but is also easy to use and provides great value for money, coupled with laudable physical workout as you mow along!

7.8Editor's score
Ease of Use
8
Cut Quality
7
Height Adjustment
8
Maintenance
8
Cost Effectiveness
8
9User's score
Ease of Use
9.5
Cut Quality
9
Height Adjustment
8.5
Maintenance
9
Cost Effectiveness
9
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General Info

Brand
LAWNMASTER
Mower Type
Deck Size
16 inch

Features

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

Height Settings

Blades
5
Height Positions
6
Max. Height (inch)
2.5
Min. Height (inch)
1.375

Motor Info

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

Buyer Guarantee

Warranty
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  1. Reply
    Daniel Allen Smith May 30, 2016 at 10:15 pm
    4.5
    Ease of Use
    100
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    80
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Effectiveness
    90

    I bought this mower because I wanted a very low cut. I am very happy with this mower, the cut is excellent and makes my grass look like a nicely manicured football field. I was afraid that this mower would not cut weeds very effectively, but i have learned that if I keep my weed very low it gives me some time to treat them before my lawn is over whelmed by small patches of weeds. The mower is pretty light (I am a large male 6’1 270lbs) but provides a little resistance so you feel like you are actually getting a slight workout. After using this mower for a while I now understand what people mean by the therapeutic aspect mowing with a reel mower. I actually enjoy cutting the grass now, you get a clean cut, and a sense of satisfaction.

    + PROS: Easy to use, easy to put together, and loving the cut. I couldn't believe how nice it cuts! It came quick and just in time, when I needed it.
    - CONS: The only think I do not like is it leaves weeds here and there, but that's really not a big deal. I can trim that down.
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  2. Reply
    James T. Moller June 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm
    4.5
    Ease of Use
    90
    Cut Quality
    90
    Height Adjustment
    90
    Maintenance
    90
    Cost Effectiveness
    90

    I have used many gas mowers, and this is the first manual mower I have ever used. It works on small weeds too if you don’t allow them to grow for a long time. I love its height adjustment feature as we can adjust its height in between 1.3 inches to 2.5 inches. It has two years warranty also. The only problem which I came across is it makes a slight squeaky and grinding sound which is annoying sometimes but overall I have a good experience with this mower.

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