We have a small yard and no garage, so we wanted a mower that could be stored inside the house without being messy or smelly. This perfectly fits the bill. If you have a large yard, you may find the narrow width and lack of motor frustrating, but for a small space it's fine- just a bit of a workout. Personally, I think the little bit of extra time and effort involved in mowing with a manual mower is more than made up for by the time, money, and frustration saved by not having to buy gas, keep it charged, watch out for cords, deal with motor problems, or breath fumes. Like most mowers of this style, it won't hit very tall weeds, so you either need to stay on top of lawn care or invest in a weed trimmer as well. Minimal assembly, just attach the handle. Seems very sturdy and we expect it to last. Quite pleased with the value.
I bought this Mower because I have a HUGE Hill that goes down to the Lake. The Riding was obviously was not going to work and neither was the Gas Push one ( to heavy not to mention Dangerous) This suited my needs , I needed something " Light weight and easy to handle ) This Mower was both. NOW I knew when I bought it that it WAS NOT going to be " Top of the LINE! " PLEASE for under $***? but it Cuts my grass and what it can't the "weed Trimmer" will. If people want a Push Mower that works like the ones from " Days Gone By " either start hitting Garage Sales or Shell out a few $$$$ but quit you GOT WHAT YOU PAID FOR!!
I recently moved into a house with a small front and backyard, so I wanted to be environmentally friendly with my lawn mower purchase. I chose this one and it is perfect for what I have. Takes me about 30 mins to mow(front and back) and rake up the grass altogether. Like most reviews have stated, If you're grass is long, this mower is gonna be tough to push the first time. It was for me. Took about double the amount of time and 4x the effort the first mow, but since then it has been smooth sailing. I mow the lawn once a week to keep it easy. If you don't plan on being on top of your yard, then don't buy this mower.
First the pros regarding the 17" Sun Joe. 1. it does a very good job of cutting the grass blades evenly. 2. it is very light weight especially for an elderly individual. 3. being electric it is relatively quiet. 4. it is easy to empty out grass catcher. 5. does not take much room once stored. 6. fairly easy to maneuver. 7. LOVE the push-start button. Now for the cons. 1. having to finagle with the cord! 2. grass catcher is absolutely useless...keeps blowing debris back to you and all over the place through the flap....UNLESS...you rig something up to hold the flap down. I took a short bungee cord attached to the small handle on the cover and the other end, going over the flap & attached to the top of the grass catcher. 3. you cannot back the machine up from a tight corner unless you lift the back wheel up and pull machine using only the front wheels. The plastic flap is an added annoyance when trying to back up. This may be relatively easy for a taller individual, but at 5' 1", it is definitely hard for me! 4. THE MACHINE HEAD SHOULD BE CLEANED OUT REGULARLY! The cover should be removed and all debris removed as much as possible, often, to keep the moist grass pieces from damaging the internal electrical components as the only cover the "heart" of the machine has is an open top plastic cylinder around the electrical parts. I am no electrician but I think they could have come up with some sort of appropriate cover for this sensitive area. Over all despite the short comings, I do like the Sun Joe 17" mower as it is lightweight fairly easy to handle and does a very good job on my mid sized yard.
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