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.
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We own the Fiskars "Momentum" which appears to be the previous trade name for the "StaySharp Max" - photo looks nearly identical, and our owner's manual specifies "exclusive StaySharp cutting system." We've ran the Fiskars mower for 3 complete mowing seasons, plus a couple of runs just after purchase. This is our second reel mower, and there is no question that the Fiskars is far superior to the (admittedly less-expensive) first unit we tried, both in terms of Cutting Performance, as well as in overall Build Quality. NITS: Both of the front wheels are chipped & need to be replaced. (This was reason behind the visit to this site today.) To be fair, our back yard has numerous tree roots - and our former reel mower was knocked all out-of-whack by the end of 2 seasons. We've lost the Knob for the Height Adjustment Lever - several times. Alas, the last time it fell off it seems to have given up & crawled away somewhere! This is more of an Aesthetic problem than a functional one, as the lever itself continues to work just fine. Adjusting the blades can be a Fussy, Time-Consuming exercise - however, getting them at least Mostly Correct does result in much improved cutting performance. As others have noted, if you let your grass get Too Long, even multiple passes will not "Fix" the problem. This was a particularly problematical year, with a lot of Rain, and we finally had to resort to borrowing a neighbors power mower - albeit Only One Time. A reel mower simply cannot provide the "lift" of a power mower, which is required once the grass has grown enough that it simply bends over. PICKS: Note the 4 Stars given overall - despite the above "Nits" - this has been an excellent mower for over 3 seasons, and see no reason why it won't continue to perform well for at least that many more. (With new front wheels, hopefully!) Unless you are a health nut, this is probably not the mower for a 1/2 Acre lot, but for the typical lots in our area (Suburban SE MI) it does a good job.
As the second season of ownership come to a close, this mower continues to perform well. I bought it last year for mowing between the bi-weekly visits by the lawn service. My schedule is to cut the back yard myself (mostly San Augustine) 4 times and the front (mixed San Augustine and Bermuda) 3 times and then let the lawn service do its two-week thing with the power equipment. You might have to play with the cutting height to get the best performance. We use the 4th notch from 1" in the back yard and the 5th notch from 1" in the front yard. Don't let the grass get too tall. The biggest challenge is keeping its "motor" well-tuned.
Love it, although it took a while to figure out the best height for the handle. I do have an issue with this web site: I lost a cotter pin during assembly, can't find a place to order a new one.
So far, we love this mower! No noise, no fuel, no fumes, no danger of my son losing a toe ... and it WORKS!
I wanted so badly to use this product and love it, but after a season and a half I have just about given up. The concept is great, economical, environmentally friendly and healthy. Unfortunately, the execution lags behind. Assembly is easy, no problem there. Adjustment is not too time consuming. Getting the hang of the mower takes a little time, but you learn how long the grass needs to be, and how much you can cut with one pass. The problems for me are as follows. I've had so many random bolts and pieces fall off during use I cannot believe it. None of my other Fiskars products (and I have MANY) have had this problem. I am fully capable of assembling properly, that is not the issue. Problem number one. My second, and main issue is the simple ability of this mower to cut the grass. If your grass doesn't have a backbone made of steel, the mower will just push it over instead of cutting it. It doesn't cut completely either. I have to make multiple passes to ensure all the grass is cut, otherwise it looks like a 5 year old was mowing. If your yard has any bumps or roots or surface disturbances, forget about this mower. I thought my yard was pretty smooth, but this mower has brought to light all the imperfections. It refuses to cut, just bounces along making it look like the yard has waves in it. The idea of the product is wonderful. I am actually a little sad it did not live up to expectations. I like the brand and concept, but the execution is just terrible.
I am in the second year with this mower. I have arthritis and am not able to pull start an electric mower plus have a fairly small yard so thought this would do the trick. I enjoy it and think it does a very good job as long as you DONT let your grass get too long. If you miss your mow and have a few rainy days and the grass gets away from you, you will have to go over areas a good three times, also don't buy that sticks will not stop you, baloney . A pretty small stick with stop you abruptly, and you will have to remove it. I also have had problems keeping the bolts tight, I have lost both bottom bolts and had to replace them and have to watch all the time or they work loose again, I just can't get them to stay tight. All and all I really am happy with the mower.
Great product but blades get damaged easily. Have a Scott's Classic 20 inch reel lawn mower but needed to double cut the lawn to get all of the blades and therefore was looking to upgrade. I really like the look of my lawn when cut by Fiskars. I have only had this mower for 2 months but have had to file the blades 2-3 times due to burs caused by running over smaller pieces mulch from my gardens. I've never had that problem with the Scott's. Not sure if the Scott's blades are made of stronger steel or if there's more torque with the Fiskars. I believe it is the latter. Was able to file the blades but also found it necessary to adjust distance of the reel from the cutting bar. Lawn doesn't look as good as it first did. Concerned about the durability of the blades...
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.
When I bought it and used it the first few weekends the grass in my lawn was growing slowly, and the mower only had a little bit of grass to cut. Last week it finally started raining in Colorado and the grass in my lawn took off, and grew to much for the Reel Mower to grab and cut. Instead it just pushed the grass over, leaving most of it uncut. I had to use my gas mower to mow the grass. I am very disappointed in the reel mower.
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 purchased this at Lowes and I have regretted it since I assembled it. The handles are cheap and flimsy. During assembly the plastic connector ripped apart while screwing it together. It should not be there in the first place. Why would you put plastic on a mower and put it in a spot that creates flex? When it bends (every 3 steps) it ruins posture and momentum. I had to stop, readjust, and try to build momentum again. This is a really bad design. I will not be buying another Reel Mower like this. What a waste of money.
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!