Reel mowers are a great choice for home owners with smaller lawns where gas-powered machines would be overkill. I'm seeing more and more reel mowers, even on sites maintained by professionals. It turns out, some home owners love getting out and cutting their own lawns outside of their regular maintenance days.
Why reel mowers?
They're cheaper than big gas or electric-powered mowers and require very little maintenance. I imagine the occasional lubrication and sharpening will suffice.
They're also lighter and, this is crucial, they don't emit any harmful pollutants unlike their gas-powered cousins. (You never have to buy gas.)
They also give you great exercise and a feeling of accomplishment.
If your residential lawn is small, then reel mowers are a great choice.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT