Scotts Classic Push Reel Mower Information

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Scotts Classic Reel Mower Summary

The Scotts Classic reel lawn mower is an American made reel mower manufactured by the American Lawnmower Company for Scotts. It is the biggest manual reel mower on the market, and also the highest cutting reel mower. It has a full 20 inch wide cutting path, which is as wide as a traditional gas mower. It has a cutting height range from 1 inch up to 3 inches, which is about an inch or so higher than most other reel mower models. Most types of grass do not need to be mowed this high, but it is still a nice feature. You can research grass cutting height here. The Scotts Classic reel mower weighs about 30 pounds, which is very light for a mower of this size. It’s quite easy to push.

Assembling a Scotts Classic Reel Mower

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Assembling the Scotts Classic isn’t hard, but it does take a few tools and about 5 to 25 minutes, depending on how handy you are. It doesn’t take any serious skill. The reel mower body is already completely assembled. You just have to attach the handle. As you can see from the photo at the top of the page, the handle comes in several pieces that attach together with bolts. The bottom parts pops onto two metal attachments on the mower body, and are held in place by C rings. The upper parts of the handle attach to each other, using nuts and bolts. There is a foam pad that slides onto the top part of the handle where you will be pushing.

Changing the Cutting Height for the Scotts Classic Reel Lawnmower

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Changing the cutting height is easy and quick, and requires no tools. You just push in the lever on each side and then let it spring back into place at a different height level. Make sure the height is the same on both sides.

Adjusting the Blades on the Scotts Classic Mower

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So wait a second! What’s the difference between adjusting the blades and changing the cutting height? The cutting height adjustment changes how high the grass is cut. The blade adjustment adjusts how the reel turns inside the mower, keeping the blades cutting properly when the reel turns. The Scotts reel mower comes with the blades pre-adjusted, so you won’t need to mess with it initially.

The Scotts owner’s manual also includes detailed instructions on how to adjust the blades. I recommend holding onto the owner’s manual, because it’s very helpful. There are two different screws on each side of the mower (a total of four screws). It is not at all intuitive about which screw you are supposed to tighten and which one you are supposed to loosen on each side to adjust the blades.

The front screws move the cutter bar away from the blades, and the rear screws move the cutter bar toward the blades. Don’t start turning like crazy. A small 1/16 of a turn is a major adjustment. Before you tighten one screw, loosen the other one an equal amount first.

To loosen the blades, or move them further away from the cutter bar, here’s what you do. First you loosen the back screws on each side equally by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t turn the screws too much! Next, tighten both front screws equally by turning them clockwise.

To tighten the blades, or move them closer against the cutter bar, here’s what you do. First you loosen both front screws equally by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t turn them too much. Then tighten both back screws equally by turning them clockwise.

If the mower is only cutting on one side, then you probably have the reel out of alignment. So you’ll tighten or loosen one side of the mower to bring it back into alignment.

If the mower is really hard to push and the blades barely turn, then you might have overtightened the cutter bar against the reel. If the reel spins freely and doesn’t make contact against the cutter bar, or the mower isn’t cutting grass well, you might have over-loosened the cutter bar.

Cool features of the Scotts Classic Push Mower


What really sets the Scotts Classic apart from other manual reel mowers is the extra wide cutting path and the extra tall maximum cutting height. As I mentioned before, it has a 20 inch wide cut, and a 1 inch minimum cut and extra tall 3 inch maximum cut. You’ll also notice that the Scotts Classic has an extra set of wheels in the back. Why is this? Those rear wheels make the Scotts reel mower easier to maneuver for such a large mower, and they also allow the mower to have the higher cutting range.

Accessories for the Scotts Classic Push Reel Mower


You can buy a grass catcher for the Scotts Classic, and you can also buy a do-it-yourself sharpening kit. The grasscatcher is a generic catcher manufactured by the American Lawnmower Company to fit all of their mowers, so it is far from a perfect fit. The Scotts classic is their biggest model. The catcher attaches to the mower by just clipping down over the rear axle between the two rear wheels. The front lip of the catcher has a thing that pops over that axle. The catcher can fall off if you hit a lot of bumps.

But someone sent me this terrific solution that really helps the catcher work better with the mower.


“I used a couple of closed “S” hooks (size 810) (less than $1), opened one end and closed around the rod at the bottom of the catcher, and opened the other end of the “S” hook so that it barely will slide over the axle of the rear wheels, leaving the hook open so that I can remove the catcher. It is actually easier to install and remove the catcher with this than with the mfg. design. Photos attached for you to see. I’ve so far mowed the small yard one time and never had a problem with it coming loose. Maybe someone else with this problem can use the idea.”

How Long Does it Take to Mow with a Scotts Classic Reel Mower?

This video shows me mow an area of 43 feet by 60 feet, or 2431 square feet. The camera runs the entire time, so you can see clearly how much effort it seems to take and how fast it goes. It takes approximately 10 minutes.

There is also audio, and you will notice that you can’t hear the mower at all, but you can hear cars driving by in the background. This means your neighbors wouldn’t hear the mower if you mowed early in the morning.

Where to buy the Scotts Classic reel lawn mower

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Sharpening the blades on a Scotts Classic reel lawnmower:

Rather than reinvent the wheel, here is a site with complete instructions on sharpening a Scotts Classic or other reel mower from Great States / American Lawnmower.

Other Information About Using Push Reel Lawnmowers

Don’t forget to read the general guide to using a manual reel mower on the front page of the site.

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William Nesbitt 04.20.09 at 2:34 pm

This was a most informative site for information on my Scotts Classic 20″.
I appreciate this greatly, but having misplaced te service manual wonder where I might get one. Of particular interest is if I need to grease the wheel bearings as they seem to be quite stiff and the reel seems to not spin too freely.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated….thanks…Bill

brad 05.17.09 at 10:17 am

This mower does mow grass quite well. But it does not cut weeds, especially dandelions. With these, and dandelions, the mower just rolls over them and they pop right back up, no matter how many times you go over them.


Yes, this is mostly accurate. You can cut some weeds with a reel mower, but not tall willowy weeds like dandelions. I discuss the disadvantages of reel mowers on the front page of the site.

Benny 06.03.09 at 4:27 pm

I purchased (and later returned) a “Task Force” reel mower from Lowe’s. The little gears that are attached to the blades are made of cheap plastic and wore out within a year. Are the gears on this one metal or plastic?


The gear inside the wheel on the Scotts Classic is also made of plastic. But I haven’t heard any complaints of it wearing out any earlier than after many years. I have been using a Scotts Classic on my own yards for several years, and mine is still going strong.

That Task Force mower is a lame, cheap knock off of the real thing, in my opinion. I saw someone in my neighborhood using one, and they appeared to be having trouble with it.

Ronnie 06.08.09 at 11:31 am

The handle seems flimsy, like it’s not tightened up enough, even though the thumbscrews are tight. Is that just the way it’s built?

Also, I have trouble pushing it in the upper-chest-high position that it’s set up at. I have more pushing power when I can push closer to my belly. Is this just designed for taller people? Is there an adjustment I can make? ?

Deanna Lyons 06.09.09 at 1:59 pm

I bought my Scotts classic reel mower in 1992 and now must replace the two large wheels plus the gear for each. Somewhere along the way I lost my owner’s manual. Anyone able to give me the part numbers and an address for ordering the parts?

Many thanks in advance.


Here you go!

John Taylor 06.15.09 at 8:15 pm

I’ve been looking at the Scott’s for some time due to the larger cutting width. Is there any ‘rule of thumb’ as to how large of a reel mower to purchase? I have a suburban lawn that (including the house/garage) is ~ 1/4 acre. What size width reel mower should I be looking at? Would a 14″ be too small? By the way, great article on this site regarding reel mowers- very informative!

dan 06.05.10 at 9:08 am

@John Taylor, I would go for the 20″ mower. Even with a smaller yard (and 1/4 acres isn’t that small!), you will appreciate not having to mow as much. Also, you end up overlapping the rows a bit, so you are probably only cutting with 16″-18″, with a 14″ mower, you might only be cutting 10″-12″ inch wide rows.

Dan Thomas 06.25.09 at 3:19 pm

I hope someone can help with this problem. I acquired a 20″ Scotts Classic at a yard sale recently. The problem is that it will only cut in the middle 8-9 inches of the mower. To adjust it to cut the entire width of the reel, makes it so tight it’s difficult to push and sounds like a bulldozer coming across the yard. I can’t see that the cutting bar is bent and I’ve tried adjusting it several ways. anyone have any ideas? I have a smaller push mower and love it. I wold sure like to get this one working properly. Thanks


I would suggest calling the manufacturer to see how much it would cost to replace the cutter bar, or if they would suggest something else. They have a phone number listed on their site.

If they suggest something other than replacing the cutter bar, would you come back and let us know, please?

Shirley Hill 07.20.09 at 7:56 am

I love my mower. The only problem I have is the bolt that holds one of the small wheels on comes loose about once every two times I mow. I have to stop and tighten it with a wrench. Not a bad problem, but an inconvenience. Any suggestions?

Milo 06.05.10 at 12:28 pm

Use a small application of Blue Lock-tite or similar product. You can get it at any hardware store, or even auto parts store. If you’re against using such a thing you cuold also consider a lock washer, but due to the vibration you should be more please with a lock-tite or similar substitute.

Warning – I wouldn’t suggest the Red – it is meant for a more permanent or heavy-duty application.

Naomi 08.29.09 at 1:56 pm

I bought the classic May of 2008. My husband was mowing today and the handle snapped in two… Clearly, my husband is upset since it has only been a few months over two years with long minnesota winters and a small city lot. Any idea of where we can buy a new handle? Or what the warrenty is on this model? Thanks!


I don’t remember if there is a one year or two year manufacturer’s warranty for this mower.

American Lawnmower is typically very good about customer service. They can replace parts under warranty, or sell you individual parts if you need them. You can contact them from this web site: and

rod rotan 08.30.09 at 1:32 pm

where can i get info on SCOTTS 18 INCH SUPREME REEL MOWER


I think that mower is exclusive to Home Depot. I believe that it’s almost exactly the same as the Scotts Classic 20 inch, except that it has a narrower reel. So all of the information about the Scotts Classic should apply, except for the cutting width.

stan burkley 04.10.10 at 11:06 am

@rod rotan, Unfortunately you are wrong. The 18″ Scotts model differs from the 20″ in more than cutting width. The former has a mowing height which is adjustable from 1/2″ to 2 3/4″, whereas the latter is adjustable from 1″ to 3″. Better luck next time.

If you had not rejected my prior comment during your inane moderation, I would not have had to repeat myself and correct your mistake.

Joel 05.05.10 at 12:35 pm

@stan burkley, I’m curious as to why you seem so hostile. If your original comments (that were moderated out) were in the same vile tone, I think the moderator was correct. Besides, an error in height adjustment of 1/2″ on the low end and 1/4″ on the high end gives you no reason to be so smug.

EasyGeezy 05.04.15 at 7:11 am

Napoleon Syndrome. Don’t mind him. The information you have provided is fantastic and many of us truly appreciate what you have done. Thankyou!

Ben 09.17.09 at 3:54 pm

I was wondering about the drive train of the Scotts. Is it a flywheel system? I just purchased an old Scotts silent, but I don’t want to tear it apart to figure out how it works. If you have any websites that may help me in this search, it would be much appreciated as well.


The Silent Scotts is different than the Scotts Classic. I believe that the old Silent Scotts is the same as the Agri Fab mower. But you might check with the Reel Lawn Mower History site to see if they know more about that mower, and how it is constructed.

Mark 04.08.10 at 4:13 pm

I have a 20″ mower labeled Task Force Model 26153 and sold by Lowe’s. Maybe this is a rebranding of a Scott’s model as the information and photos look similar.

I’m glad I found the info on how to sharpen this. The only difference being I needed to use a 19mm socket to rotate the blades as the handle that comes in the kit won’t fit on my mower as the piece that locks into the back of the gear wheel is larger.

Scott 04.09.10 at 7:47 pm

I really want to get the Scotts 20″ Classic reel mower, but I find it really disappointing that the lowest mowing height setting is 1″. I have Bermudagrass, and optimal mowing height for it is 1/2 – 1″. I would prefer to stick to the bottom/middle of that range (i.e. 1/2 – 3/4″), not at the top of it (i.e. 1″). I guess I have to get the 18″ model or another brand. Bummer.

Lynn 04.11.10 at 4:31 pm

I just bought a new Scotts mower and it seems to cut just fine but it squeals the entire time I’m mowing – really, really loud.

It’s a horrible sound and I don’t remember reel mowers ever sounding like that.

Is there something I can do to stop the squealing?


steve 04.12.10 at 6:52 am

@Lynn, The Scotts mower should not be squealing as you have described. It sounds like it might just need to be lubricated. Do your best to listen to where the noise is coming from. Apply some grease or silicone lubricant and roll the mower to get the lubricant into the area. If that does not do the trick and/or you can’t find where it is squeaking try spraying the axel area with WD40, and where the reel attaches.

Steve 04.30.11 at 1:23 pm

@Lynn, I had this same problem. I loosened the blades a bit today after reading how to do it on this website, and that completely took the squeal away, much to my surprise. They were too tight and hitting too hard against the cutter bar.

Lynn 05.02.11 at 12:53 pm


I didn’t think of loosening the blades – I guess they would make noise if they were scraping against the cutter bar too hard.

Lubricating it helped some but not much – hopefully loosening the blades will do it. 🙂

Thanks for the suggestion – I really appreciate it!

Rez 04.12.10 at 3:59 pm

Hi. I just purchased a Scott’s Classic 20inch mower and just had a general question. What is the best way to clean the grass clippings off of the mower??? Should I use a hose or will this do damage to the reel and moving parts within the mower??? Please help. Thanks in advance.

steve 04.16.10 at 7:28 am

Using a hose will work fine. However you will need to lubricate occasionally, maybe once or twice a year. Using a rag or small broom or brush is another way to clean your mower. Try focusing the water on the reel itself, limiting the water in the wheel area.

Keith Tyler 05.27.10 at 11:23 pm

After getting tired of the clipping bag always slipping off (spilling clippings everywhere) — it didn’t seem to matter how i positioned the hooks — I just took a couple of twist-ties (the metal core kind) and used em to secure the bag to the mower.

Nowadays though after some new advice about lawn care I’ve stopped using the bag and leave the clippings on the lawn. Most of the year here with the steady rains the clippings sink to the ground before they get a chance to get brown. The clippings go back into the humus making for healthier grass and the clippings also help fill in dead lawn spots.

Milo 06.05.10 at 12:43 pm

Hello All,

I really am considering one of these great mowers for the home I am currently shopping for.

My main questions is – is it reasonable to cut a half acre plus with one of these mowers? About how long would you expect it to take?

I live in south-west FL. The grass on most the places I am checking out is bahiagrass (one or the other) and Very few St augustine. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the augustine look. Nonetheless, how do these reel mowers perform on these different types of grasses?

Thank you so much for your time/input

susann 06.10.10 at 10:19 am

I ordered one of these from Ace. It does not work half so well as another reel mower I bought off the shelf at about 2/3 the price.
It is very hard to push and only cuts on the left side no matter how I adjust the screws. I have yet to cut a lawn with it although I’ve had it around a year

steve 06.11.10 at 8:38 am

@susann, It sounds like one of two things. Either the reel is warped or you still have not gotten it correctly adjusted. Double check the adjustment to be sure the reel is equally spaced with the cutting bar. In other words, flip the mower over and compare the distance between the reel and the cutting bar, making sure it just barely touching the same amount all the way across.
Good luck!

Derek Ferland 06.12.10 at 8:55 am

I just bought a Scott’s 20″ Classic on eBay for our townhouse and for the most part it has been great (especially the storage aspect). One question though, about 1″ to 1.5″ of each edge of the blades still has the factory green paint on them, which seems to indicate the mower has NEVER cut the full 20″ width even from new out of the box. Is this normal? I am wondering if I should keep trying to adjust the cutting bar to try and capture the full width or if I’m must wasting my time and settle on the roughly 16-17″ cutting width? Thanks for the descriptions & tips…very helpful!

lars 06.14.10 at 12:09 pm


If you’re getting a pretty good cut now, I probably wouldn’t mess with it. The Scotts Classic isn’t exactly known for its extremely precise manufacturing tolerances.

You could try tightening down the reel a little bit more to see if that gives you a little bit wider contact between the reel and the cutter bar. But be careful, because if you bring it in too close, then it’s going to be really hard to push the mower because there will be too much friction.

RandyR 06.18.10 at 10:32 pm

I’d be curious how this compares to the Brill Mowers and NaturCut Mowers (formerly Sunlawn.) I have the Great States 16″ mower which works the same as the Scotts Classic, but it’s really hard to push. It did get a lot easier though once I followed the instructions on this page on how to adjust the blade, thanks!

steve 06.22.10 at 4:42 am


The Brill is superior in that its German engineered and not made in China. Also the blades do NOT make contact with the cutting bar and therefore the resistance is much less nothing when compared to most other mowers. The Great states mower is a good mower however it does make contact and is much heavier.

Reed Hedges 07.28.10 at 6:44 am

I think the right manual for this mower is the “2000-20 Owner’s Manual” available from this page: , at least it looks like it from the diagrams. I haven’t actually checked any of the instructions yet though.

Dawn Centers 04.30.11 at 3:58 pm

HELP!!!! We just picked up a 16″ Scotts Silent push lawn mower. “First in Lawns” made in Marysvill by Scotts and Son. I and or we are looking for any information in regards to taking care of the blades tirers or anything that will bring it back to working condition. Please email us at “PLEASE” from Ed and Dawn Centers

steve 05.02.11 at 5:23 am

@Dawn Centers, This guy is an expert on the older models, he may be able to direct you:

Thomas 07.08.11 at 9:10 pm

I just bought the Scott Classic this week. My grass had not been cut in a while so a few days ago I cut it on the highest height. I cut it again today on a lower setting. In the middle of cutting the grass the mower got harder to push and I saw that the adjusting plate on the left side had come loose and had slipped out of the hole that hold it in place. I had to take the small wheel off to tighten the plate back on. I noticed that the orange plastic piece on the small wheel was already cracked. I tightened the plate back on and put the wheel back on. Now when I mow, the wheel wobbles from side to side, even though the screw is tight. The plate also looks like it is bending inwards towards the mower. Any suggestions? Should I return it and get another?

steve 07.11.11 at 10:37 am

@Thomas, Returning it is always a hassle, I think it’s an easy fix and the manufacture will send you the part, here is the link. or call 1-800-633-1501

Brian 07.25.11 at 4:14 pm

Wow. This was a lifesaver. Thanks!

joe 07.31.11 at 1:54 pm

I have one of these mowers, and i ran over a tree root with it, and now it makes a clunking sound every rotation. after looking at it, i noticed that the leading edge of the reels are hitting the edge of the edge of the blade extra hard, and as a result, it is knocking. I tried adjusting the blade height. that stops the clunking sound, but it means that one side of the mower doesnt cut. how do i fix this? i assume the blade is slightly bent. do i have to unbend the blade? should i file it down? what’s the best way to go?


lars 07.31.11 at 2:01 pm


See the part on this page called “Adjusting The Blades.”

Adjusting the cutting height itself won’t affect how the blades are adjusted. You’ll need to adjust how the blades are aligned with the cutter bar. I think you probably just bumped them out of adjustment, and loosening up the adjustment on that side where the blade is a little bit further from the cutter bar will solve the knocking sound issue.

Vickey S 09.02.11 at 8:15 am

I’m having a problem for the first time (I’ve had my Scott’s Classic mower for two years) The blades won’t turn. I’ve taken the wheels off and cleaned off the grass, which I thought was causing the problem. I wiped off some of the grease, also. (It had been squeeking.) Any suggestions?

steve 09.02.11 at 11:54 am

@Vickey S, Can you tell if they won’t turn due to them being stuck against the cutting bar or is it stuck due to the wheel. Try backing off the reel from the cutting bar.

Ed 09.02.11 at 2:07 pm

I bought a Task Force 5 years ago and my neighbor thought it looked like a good idea so he replaced his broken gas mower with a Scotts. He used it for about two or three weeks the handle broke off and the plastic gears in the wheels wore out and he had a new gas mower within a month. I took it off his hands on garbage day, screwed the handle back together and tried it out. It just didn’t cut grass as well as my POS Task Force that i am still using 5 years now.
somebody needs to make a decent reel mower. I hate gas mowers.

steve 09.06.11 at 7:50 am

@Ed, There are actually a few really good push mower on the market, the Fiskars Momentum, the Brill Razorcut 38 and the Mascot to name a few. The Scotts is a good mower, sound like he may have gotten a lemon. Since it has a warranty, he should have no problem getting those issues resolved.

JSF 09.03.11 at 7:40 am

If your machine is squeaking, try some WD-40 on the actual blade. This fixed my squeak without any need for tools.

Bill 09.03.11 at 8:10 am

I have an older “Scott’s Classic Delux” reel mower that I am trying to find out when it was made and get the manual for it. O M scott & Sons maufactured it but the have long left the manufacturing of mowers. It is an awesome mower and I am also looking for a grass catcher to purchase. Any thoughts or links would be appreciated.

steve 09.06.11 at 7:41 am

@Bill, Not to familair with older reel mowers, but this guy may be able to direct you:

Aaron 04.27.12 at 3:53 pm

I’m in the Army and about to deploy in a few days. My wife and I are taking care of a lawn for the first time in 5 years, so a mower was needed but there was absolutely no way I was going to spend 200-400 dollars on a mower that my wife wouldn’t have the first clue about fixing or hire anyone to do it while I’m gone (I don’t really want anyone lurking about my property knowing that I am away for an extended time). Anyway, I saw this whole row of reel mowers at Home Depot and jumped at the chance to own one. I have never been this satisfied with mowing a lawn, ever! Seriously, I recommend this to everyone. Sure, there is the environmental impact that is awesome, but my wife likes it for the simple fact that she gets her cardio for the week knocked out when she’s not competing with my 13 year old daughter who loves to use this mower!

gary 05.10.12 at 10:29 am

I just bought a 14 inch Turf Mower, The Handle wobbles a lot and moves so much that in some places it doesn’t cut even. Any one know of a fix for this? Or is it just something i need to learn to deal with. I love this mower btw. Its noisey but very nice

steve 05.16.12 at 12:04 pm

@gary, I suggest you return it to the company you bought it from and get another.

Roman H. 06.05.12 at 5:33 pm

A friend recently found one of these in the backyard of her new home. Unfortunately, it moves backward, but the wheel locks when trying to move it forward. Is this locking this a safety mechanism? How do I unlock it? Seriously, it moves very easily in the wrong direction, but you can’t force it an INCH the right way.

steve 06.14.12 at 8:41 am

@Roman, The Scotts Classic reel mower does not have any type of wheel lock, its sounds like it could be the reel or something in the gear. Adjust the reel and see if that fixes it. If not then take off the wheel and see if there is something in the gear.

Roman H. 06.14.12 at 8:58 am

Thanks very much, Steve! I actually started to take off one of the wheels — just started loosening one of the bolts — and for some reason decided to try it again. And it worked! Don’t know how one bolt being too tight could lock up both wheels, but it did.

Anyway, thanks again. Great website!

Tim Taylor 06.23.12 at 12:32 pm

I’ve been using my Father’s hnd-me-down Scott’s Classic for some time now and it has been AMAZING! On top of that I love the way it cuts, but doesn’t quite seem to leave that ‘striping’ that I am looking for. I have looked everywhere but can’t seem to find a striping kit, or roller bar to give my lawn that professional look. Any help?

steve 07.10.12 at 8:51 am

@Tim Taylor, Try doing a search online on how to do lawn striping, I know some lawn types work better than others. There is also a device you can add to your mower that is suppose to help, its called “Lawn Stryper”.

Bob G. 07.10.12 at 1:45 pm

BIG thank you for doing this, I’m sure there’s no shortage of people this helps. I almost got a Scotts, (my brother has a Great States which I LOVE!)

off to try my first cutter bar adjustment today!

BTW I ended up with a copy – the sears remington, pretty chinese all around but so far working very well for the (sale) price, even cuts dandelions. what it really lacks in width (only 16″) it makes up for in ergonomic handle design and easy height adjustment. handle is also quite flimsy but I now realize it is a nice shock absorber! Attitude is everything!

Emily 08.04.12 at 7:05 am

I have a Scott’s reel mower that I purchased in June. It is REALLY loud! I thought one of the neat features of this machine was its quietness, but I think this thing could wake up the neighborhood. The sound of the blades hitting the blade bar is intense. Could it have been factory set too smugly for cutting, or should I just let it be and enjoy my loud yard demon? (It’s loud AND it’s terribly hard to push. You’ve got to get a running start and then keep it going. My hilly yard just about does me in every time I mow!)

steve 08.06.12 at 9:02 am

@Emily, No your Scotts Classic push reel mower should not be loud. It’s not the most quiet reel mower but it should not be as you have described. The manual shows you how to adjust the reel. It should only take about 10 minutes to adjust; basically you need to back the reel off the cutting bar the slightest amount, like the width of a hair. Also, make sure you adjust it equally on both sides. When you turn the wrench, remember to turn it the slightest amount.

Emily 08.06.12 at 10:30 am

Thanks! I’m looking forward to adding “quiet” to all the benefits we have been enjoying. 🙂

Jorge L. Gomez, Sr. 10.15.12 at 12:05 pm

Bought a Scotts Classic 20″ push mower on May of this year. Have used it maybe 4 or 5 times. Got good results so far. Only problem has been the grass catcher, it was defective. The long bar-hook that keeps the catcher straight can no longer be held in place because the adapter that is sewn at the bottom came loose. Need an address to send you proof of purchase from Home Depot for a possible replacement catcher, please advice. Thank You!

Tim P 05.06.13 at 3:42 pm

I’m looking into buying a reel mower but can’t seem to find one with a roller on the back. I would like my lawn stripped like a golf course. Is there an attachment for the Scott’s classic or any other brand with a roller?

Kirk Ornstein 07.10.13 at 10:23 am

I have a 20in Scott’s reel mower. Recently the left Wheel Adj came apart, causing the Trailing Wheel to come off as well. Now I’m not sure how to repair it. The screw that held the Wheel Adj and Trailing Wheel to the Rear Tie Tube is impossible to screw in as it sits inside the wheel with no way to get any tool around it. Ive look throuh the manual and websits with no reference to repairing this part. Is there a way to fix this?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



lars 08.01.13 at 11:56 am


Does this page help at all? If you remove the wheel, you can get behind it.

Harold 05.13.14 at 5:37 pm

Thank you very much for the information on the Scott Classic Reel Lawnmower. I can’t wait to try the “S” hooks on my troublesome grass catcher!

Ted Babcock 03.15.15 at 9:32 am

Great article I bought one but it’s made in China not American made as you state. I was disappointed. Please change so others are not misguided

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