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California Trimmer (20") 5-Blade Power Reel Mower

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Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Reel Push Mowers
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Small Home
Flat Terrain

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Same Technology Used By Golf Courses Worldwide
Delivers a healthier lawn that looks like a finely manicured golf course
Makes clean, sharp cuts like a pair of scissors

140cc Briggs & Stratton 550ex OHC 4-Cycle Engine
Lightweight, yet powerful; reduced vibration and quieter operation
Hassle-free ReadyStart® starting system - no prime, no choke

Heavy-Duty Belt And Chain Drive System
No pushing - it's a self-propelled reel mower
Simple hand lever engagement
Provides variable speed mowing for all conditions

9-Inch Deep Tread Drive Roller
Extra-wide, textured surface provides excellent traction
Propels the mower while protecting your lawn

20-Inch Cutting Width
5-blade, heat-treated high carbon steel mower reel
Adjustable cutting height from 1/4" to 1-7/8"
Top access for blade and bed-knife adjustment

Extra Large 2-Bushel Grass Catcher
Durable high-density polyethylene design

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Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
140 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.2 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
5.5 Lbs
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Engine Warranty
1 Year
5 Blades
Deck Positions
7 Positions
Cutting Height
0.25-1.875 Inches
Maximum Speed
1.5 MPH
Drive System
143 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
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Q: Jose - how hard is it to push this mower? Looks pretty heavy from the spec's.
by Neil from Illinois on November 10, 2015

A: Neil - California Trimmer reel mowers are designed to make the operation as smooth and easy as possible. There is a drive roller on the mower that propels the mower forward using a deep-tread, no-slip covering that protects the grass and provides tremendous traction. If you need to operate the cutting reel without forward movement, you can simply raise the roller off the ground and take advantage of the mower’s unique “freewheeling” feature – perfect for cutting under shrubs and in tight spaces.
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Q: Jose - Will this mower cut wet grass?
by Chris from Wisconsin on November 10, 2015

A: Chris - YES, a 5-reel model should be effective for most types of wet grass. To be honest, a California Trimmer reel lawnmower should never be used to cut dry grass. Cutting dry grass can cause an excessive amount of friction, which will cause the blades on the reel and the cutter bar to heat up, and can cause warping of the cutter bar. The moisture in the grass provides lubrication for the cutter bar and the reel.
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Q: Jose - I'm not sure if I should be using a 5-blade or a 7-blade mower for my lawn. What's the difference?
by Dave from Illinois on November 10, 2015

A: Dave - generally speaking, a 7-blade reel is best suited for cutting bermuda, tiff, bent grass and zoysia. The 5-blade reel is best suited for cutting wet grass or areas that have a great amount of moisture (rain). The prevailing rule: the tougher the grass and the finer the cut you want, the more you want the 7-blade; the wetter the grass, the taller the grass, the chunkier the lawn, the more you want the 5-blade.

Wet Climate: 5-blade
Common Bermuda: 7-blade
Hybrid Bermuda: 7-blade
Zoysia Grass: 7-blade
Bent Grass: 7-blade
Junky Grass: 5-blade

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Ken M.
Villa Rica, GA
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 5/24/16
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Awesome Memories
Years ago, in Florida, we had this type of mower for St. Augustine grass. Now we have same in GA and wanted the same cut.

Easy to use. And at 75 years old, we enjoy the memories of an "old-fashioned " lawn mower plus the gas rather than the leg work.
Pros: Price, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, High Quality
Cons: It Is Fast And Somewhat Hard To Turn Still Learning How To Slow
Ken Recommends This California Trimmer Mower
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