Scotts Classic Push Reel Mower

by lars on February 3, 2010

The Scotts Classic is a sturdy, very capable push reel mower. It has taller height settings than other mowers, and is well suited for thick grass like St. Augustine, Bermuda, and Zoysia. The 20 inch cutting area is huge for a reel mower – it’s the same diameter as many gas powered mowers and electric lawnmowers. These large blades can be a bit difficult to push in tall grass – since the mower relies on muscle power instead of a mower, it’s important to mow regularly to avoid muscle strain.

Technical details:

  • Cutting Width: 20 inch
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Wheel diameter: 8 inches
  • Minimum cutting height: 1 inch
  • Maximum cutting height: 3 inch
  • Manufacturer’s warranty: 2 years
  • Handle: Looped design
  • Ball bearing wheels: Yes
  • Manufactured in: America/China
  • MSRP: $139.95
  • Special Notes: An optional grasscatcher can be attached to the back to collect lawn clippings (or they can be left on the yard to naturally decompose and fertilize the grass).
  • { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    BG February 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Handle broke on both sides by the bolts after two years. Very poorly constructed and a bad handle design.


    JB April 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    how many blades does this mower have?


    lars April 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm


    The Scotts Classic has 5 blades.


    BD May 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    BG – You did better than we did. Ours lasted for less than a season before the handle bent to one side, a wheel jammed and broke, and the handle sheared off. Does anyone know what the sturdiest model(s) of reel mowers are?


    lars May 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm


    I used a Scotts Classic at my own house for more than 3 years without issue. We sell hundreds of them where I work each year, with a low return rate and low number of complaints.

    But we do occasionally here from people who say the same kinds of things that you are saying, so it must be true for some people, I guess.

    The Mascot mower is a very sturdy mower, so you might consider it. I’m using that one on my lawn right now, because it’s the best St. Augustine grass reel mower that I’ve come across.


    SH May 25, 2010 at 5:06 am

    You all did better than me. The handle foam on mine broke apart under my hands within an hour of the first use of this mower and it did not cut the grass well at all. I have gone to a battery powered Neuton. Much more expensive but I really like it.


    Ryan June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Same here.. one season and the handle bar cushions have all but fallen off.. and the bars broke at the bolts on both sides. I used two metal hose clamps on the top and bottom of the break to finish out last season. I dont understand all the good reviews for this mower.. I guess they dont “time test” them.. just test them for cutting ability.
    Still looking for a replacement… blah!


    Mark June 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I got a Scott’s at a garage sale for $25. It had been used very little. It cut okay when I got it home but it needed sharpening. I went to McLendons and bought a sharpening kit. It was super easy, smear the abrasive on the blades and cutting bar. After spinning the handle they give you with the kit a few times I realized it would be much easier with my cordless drill. You need a 1/2″ chuck and put it in reverse and in a minute or two, you have a super sharp mower. The only problem with this mower is that the back end with the two small wheels is too light. If the grass is thick, it starts to bounce and you have to slow down or mow twice in opposite directions. That only happens if your lawn is rough or really thick. You all who are complaining about the mower breaking must be really pushing too hard, hitting twigs or rough lawn or just really hard on your stuff. Relax, sharpen your mower, and push evenly and steady. It will work great. For the price, it is great.


    Charles Padgett July 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Anyone been able to find a replacement handle? Foam on handle lasted for about two cuttings. Handle broke on left side after two years. Cheaply made, very cheaply made.


    Jason October 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Foam tore off after first use. Handle broke after second season. I have a bout a 1/10 acre lawn.


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