The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting performance without gasoline, oil, charging, the hassle of cords or the noise created by other mowers. It features an InertiaDrive™ Reel for twice the cutting power of standard reel mowers; StaySharp™ Cutting System to eliminate the cost and inconvenience of annual blade sharpening; VersaCut™ Technology for easy cut height adjustment to provide a clean cut on any type of grass, plus one-touch height adjustment for comfort and control; inset wheel design for ultra-close side edging without uncut strips under the wheels; and a unique grass discharge chute that throws clippings forward cleanly, away from your feet. The combination of these technologies makes the StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower 60% easier to push than other reel mowers, helping you get more done with less effort.
I had recently purcahsed an expensive gas mower. I was totally unhappy with its' performance. So I decided to purchase a reel mower. After Countless hours of research I decided on the Fiskar Stay Sharp Max. All I have to say is I will never buy an expensive gas mower again. This mower is a breeze to push even through tall grass. I tested it out on my neighbors grass which had not been cut in 3 weeks and this mower pushed right through the grass. It did however require a couple passes, but I still finished the lawn probably faster than I would have with the gas bagger I had. The bagger would have bogged down and the chute would have clogged requiring clean up every pass. The Fiskar mower pushed right through and mulched very well No Clean Up Required.
I have owned two other reel type mowers. One is Brill - which might be a good machine - if you want a cut height under two inches which I do not. The other is a very low cost Mexican made reel mower which at least got me interested in human powered mowing but does not work very well. The Fiskars Reel Mower is an amazingly elegant, quite and effective mower. After receiving it yesterday, I assembled it and cut my approx 5000 sq ft lawn yesterday evening. It was a little hard to push for the first few hundred feet but then I think it loosened up. Our grass was tall - but the Fiskars could handle cutting slightly over two inches of grass (with some initial effort). As far as I am concerned the Fiskars mower is the most elegant, efficient human powered machine since the invention of the chain driven bicycle. The lawn, after being cut, is almost of golf course quality. It even cut the thin parts of the lawn under the trees better than my gas powered mower which I am now thinking of selling. However, I would not recommend this machine to someone who is not willing or able to do actual physical work.
I have owned this mower for about a year. First purchased it as the earlier model "Momentum". That mower failed, and Fiskars replaced it with a new one, this time the "StaySharp Max". Without a doubt I have to say that even though the first one failed, I am very pleased with this mower and the job it does. I have saved enough money with it for it to pay for itself a c few times over at least, and on top of that the replacement made me feel comfortable trusting Fiskars. I have had people stop and offer to mow my yard when they see me using it, and I have to laugh. I have also had people offer to sell (or loan) me their riding mower, and again I have to laugh. When I tell them I prefer my StaySharp Max, they are floored, but it's true. Easier, cheaper, better looking cut and a little light exercise. I'm not so sure it isn't just about as fast, either. Whatever the case, I am still thrilled with this mower even more than a year and a half after first purchasing it. Highly recommended.
I purchased the Fiskars mower after my cordless electric mower's motor failed. I live in Soutwest Florida and have a Floratam (Bermudagrass) lawn. The Fiskars is less than half the weight of the cordless. I find that the physical effort is about the same or slightly less with the Fiskars. The lawn looks much better with a reel cut, as the blades of grass are sliced rather than chopped. It is a well designed piece of equipment, it is more relaxing to use, and it feels good to be "off the grid"-no gas, no electricity required!
I purchased this mower after my self-propelled gas powered mower finally died. Surprisingly, this mower is easier to push, manuever, maintain, and I can mow late in the evening or early morning without disturbing the neighbors or my own dogs. I have actually had neighbors, and friends ask if they can try it, and they end up mowing half of my yard or more. I have had a little 60lb girl ask to try it (parent was present), and she had very little trouble mowing several long passes plus she didn't want to stop. My bermuda grass is very happy and green while my neighbor's yard with the same type of grass cut to the same length with a gas powered mower doesn't look as healthy or weed free. Oh, and there is no hand soreness like with a gas powered mower that vibrates the handle. It is best used to shave down the grass and maintain a good length once a week or three vs letting the grass grow tall then mowing short again once every month or two. I can cut my yard in less than 30 minutes or just do a touch up by opening the garage and pulling out the mower. There is no dealing with gas, oil, pull-string starters, noise, or odor. Once I am done, I spritz it with the silicon lubricant and park it back in the garage...done!