Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

We’ve always had a gas mower, but this year, we’d like to get a reel mower. This is the one that we’re looking at — the Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

Yes, it will be more work to use a reel mower, but we can see several advantages to using one.

Environmentally Friendly

The main benefit is that a reel mower is more environmentally friendly. It doesn’t use gas, so it doesn’t pollute the way a gas mower would. You will just smell the freshly cut grass, instead of smelling stinky gas fumes.

But, even if you’re not too concerned about the environment, there are other good reasons to consider a reel mower.

Quiet to Operate

Another big benefit of a reel mower is that it is much quieter than a gas driven engine. You won’t have to worry about annoying your neighbors, by firing up a loud lawn mower. Since this mower is quiet, you’ll be able to get up early on a Saturday morning, and get the grass cut, before it’s too hot.

Safer to Use

Another benefit is safety. The Scotts 2000-20 20 Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower has sharp blades, of course, but you control their speed by pushing the mower. There’s no gas-powered blade whipping around, putting your feet, or your small children, at risk.

And because it’s quiet, you’ll be able to hear the kids, if they suddenly come into the yard, while you’re mowing. With a loud gas mower, you might not notice them, until it’s too late!

Another thing that makes it safer is that it won’t send rocks flying. It just doesn’t have the power to do so.

Hard Work

There are a couple of disadvantages to a reel mower though. The first one is that you actually have to push it around – you are the power engine for this mower!

On the bright side, cutting your lawn with the Scotts 2000-20 20 Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower will give you a nice workout, so you can skip going to the gym on lawn mowing days. And it’s nice and light, so it’s pretty easy to push.

Takes Longer to Cut the Lawn

Since you won’t have the help of a power engine, it will take you longer to cut your grass, when using a reel mower like this one. Just make sure to keep the mower well maintained, with good, sharp blades, so it operates at its peak efficiency.

Also, tall grass is harder to cut with a reel mower, so you might have to go over it more than once. The grass grows quickly on the shady side of our house, so we’ll probably cut that section more often. That’s where the garden shed is, and we’ll store the lawn mower there, so it will be easy to do that bit quickly.

A Good Choice

We’ve had a couple of beautiful days, so spring is finally here. In another week or two, the grass will start growing. We’ll buy a Scotts 2000-20 20 Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower and retire the old gas-powered mower.

Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

Video Review of Scotts 2000-20 20-Inch Classic Push Reel Lawn Mower

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Fun Gift Train Lover Street Sign

Are you looking for a fun gift for a model train lover? Well, all “signs” indicate that you’re on the right track, if you get this funny street sign

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Campaigning the city to have a street renamed in someone’s honor is a long process, and in the end, they probably won’t agree to your request. So, to save time and heartache, just give this gift to your favorite railroad master — they’ll love it!

This sign is just the right size, at 4″ x 18″, and it would make a nice addition to any train lover’s man cave — or wherever the trains are displayed. You could even hang it outside, if you prefer.

But don’t worry too much about where it should go. You could just deliver this prefect present, and the model train enthusiasts will know exactly where to put this awesome gift.

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Engineer Cap for Model Railroad Fans

It’s difficult to find the perfect gift for a model train lover, if they have almost every accessory every made! But do they have an authentic looking railroad engineer’s cap?

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The headband has elastic at the back, so it should fit comfortably on most adult heads, with no plastic strap to adjust. It’s made from 100% cotton, in a heavy material, with dark blue and white stripes. He will feel like a real railroad engineer while he’s wearing it!

And you’ll like it too – it won’t take up any floor space, or make noise, so you can ignore it, while he enjoys it. Perfect!

So You Want a Model Railroad

To make your model train problems seems small, watch this short movie from 1955 – So You Want a Model Railroad. A woman is looking for help from Mr. Agony, who gives advice on the radio. The woman’s husband spends all their money on model trains, and she doesn’t know what to do! I wouldn’t mind a train that brought my dinner though. 😉

Model Train Gift Ideas

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USA Railroad Legacy Map for Model Train Room

This beautifully detailed railroad legacy map from National Geographic will look beautiful on the wall in your model train room!

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Maps are always interesting to study, and this one will be especially fascinating for anyone who loves trains – full sized ones or model sized.

Building the railroad routes had a strong impact on the country, and this railroad legacy map from National Geographic helps to illustrate that. You can see today’s major railroads, the Amtrak routes, and the major routes from the 1920s. Other locations are marked too, such as tunnels, and railroad museums.

As usual, National Geographic has produced a map of outstanding quality. The map is 36″ x 24″  and printed on high quality paper. It could be laminated or framed, so it can be enjoyed for a long time. 


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Train Visual History Book for Model Railroad Fans

This beautiful book — Train: The Definitive Visual History — will inspire big dreams in any model train lover.

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From the Smithsonian, this 320 page book covers the history of the train from the invention of the steam-powered locomotive, in the 1800s, up to the present day. The facts and photos in this book will give you ideas for expanding your model railway, whether it has a historic theme, or represents a modern rail system.

This book will make a lovely gift, even for someone who doesn’t have any model trains yet. It will keep you busy for hours, while you pore over the fascinating pages.

There is a detailed index too, which is very important in a big reference book – you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for, or go back to something you found previously.

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Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree Model Train

Your model railroader will love this tabletop Christmas tree with its hand-painted details and adorable model train!

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Beautiful Thomas Kinkade Christmas Tree

Thomas Kinkade trees are always popular, and this one is extra special. It has a delightful little train running around it!

The 16″ tall tree has 4 levels that rotate — including Santa and his reindeer at the top. Maybe Santa is dropping off his last gift, and is hurrying home to play with his model trains.

Enjoy the Christmas Carols

And this tree doesn’t just look good — it sounds good too! The tree plays a medley of 8 different Christmas carols, so you won’t get bored by hearing the same song played over and over again.

For extra entertainment value, the tree has lights that can be turned on or off. This will look beautiful in the evening, and it will turn itself off after an hour, so you don’t have to remember to do that.

Batteries or Adapter

You can run the tree on batteries, or an adapter, so it can be displayed near an electrical outlet, or up on the mantle.

In the picture below, you can see a close-up of the Thomas Kinkade Christmas tree details, with the lovely houses and beautiful model train.

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