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OrangeMetalGuy
Does anyone use a pull-behind reel mower? I love them for manicuring a lawn. In fact I just bought a new one for my (very small) front yard (manual push) and it works great. So I am wondering if anyone uses one of these pulled behind a tractor for larger lawns. I am currently using a 48" deck on the 716H for my back yard.

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Talntedmrgreen
I have a couple sets that I picked up last year, but have yet to put them to use. The 3-gang set was a lucky find at a local auction after a loooong search for originals. I need someone to fix a cracked cast wheel on one of them, but the limited pulling I did with them had clipping flying everywhere! ^ [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0729.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0736.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0737.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0740.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0734.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/IMAG0739.jpg[/img] I also recently picked up the two-gang set (local) and the belly reel (from jfrank) for use on my Wonderboy 575 like this...but no pics yet [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/Stolen%20From%20Sites/wb_gang.jpg[/img] [img]http://i1239.photobucket.com/albums/ff512/talntedmrgreen/Stolen%20From%20Sites/wb_gang_pg10.jpg[/img]

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MysTiK
I have olde push reel, probably circa '70, maybe older but it has 5-position quick-adjust height settings, little levers w notches, takes 10 seconds to alter height. I set it up right and it is effortless (almost) to push. Oldies are at garage sales, auctions, cheap 5-50 bucks. Tow behinds are about twice the size, heavier. I think they are so cool; and if you really love sharpening and setups, getting a third row would be the thing for large grasslands. Golf course I worked had an old Jacobson looked like a road grader, but had hydraulic raise/lower arms all over it with a herd of h.d. reel mowers. It striped the "rough" in 2 passes - really wide, like some 15(?) feet cut. Some manual reels cut short enough to make a nice croquet course; but generally not short enough to mimic a golf green (1/8"-1/4"), altho you could make modifications. Reel mowers get a bad rap cos they are often set too tight, too low, and first time through a thatch layer is no fun. 8) Reserve judgment for second mowing.:D

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