The NaturCut Ideal 40 is practically maintenance-free with its minimal-contact cutting system that virtually eliminates the need for sharpening the blades. It can handle all types of North American grass with the exception of Zoysia -- a soft, fine grass commonly found in temperate climates. It does, however, require more energy on the part of the user than gas or electric mowers.
Long-lasting blades. Reviewers are impressed with the performance of the NaturCut Ideal 40 and say it can handle most any type of grass, including Bermuda. It does, however, struggle with Zoysia, but that is common of most reel mowers. Owners say the mower is perfect for small lawns, but some say that tall grass and weeds require extra effort. One user points out that mowing once a week resolves most issues.
Jose Castellanos of MowersDirect.com praises the Ideal 40 for its minimal-contact cutting system, which he says saves time and money in maintenance and upkeep. By avoiding contact between the blades, the Ideal's five heat-treated carbon steel blades can last to last up to 10 years without sharpening.
Virtually maintenance-free. Reel mowers typically require more effort and energy on the part of the user than their gas-powered counterparts, but their simple design eliminates a lot of the fuss and muss that typically comes with gas mowers -- no battling with the starter and very little maintenance. Additionally, owners say the NaturCut Ideal 40 is easy to assemble -- it only takes about 15 minutes -- and at a mere 20 pounds, it's easy to maneuver too. Reviewers say the self-lubricating gears and sealed bearings make the mower easier to push than most reel mowers.
Safety cover protects fingers and plants. Reel mowers are the safest type of lawn mower available. With no motor to spin the blades, they immediately stop moving as soon as the user stops pushing. The NaturCut Ideal takes this safety feature one-step further with cowling to cover the blades and keep "curious" fingers away. The cowling also protects any plants that may be near the cutting path.
The lack of a motor makes reel mowers the quietest class of mowers. Owners say they can use their reel mower any time of the morning or night and even carry on a conversation while doing so. As such, hearing protection isn't required with the NaturCut Ideal 40.
Jose Castellanos, an expert for MowersDirect.com, gives the NaturCut Ideal an overall grade of B. Twenty owners at this site give the mower an overall score of approximately 3.7 out of 5 stars. Most say it does an excellent job.
Review: NaturCut Ideal 40 (16") 5-blade Reel Mower, Editors of and contributors to MowersDirect.com, As of June 2014
Editors of GreatMower.com offer a review of each mower sold at the website. The NaturCut reel mower is praised for its cutting system that keeps blades sharp for up to 10 years and its collapsible and adjustable handle. No cons are mentioned, though, and the mower isn't compared to other models.
Review: NaturCut Reel Push Lawn Mower, Editors of GreatMower.com, Not Dated
3. GreenerGreenGrass Organic Lawn Care Blog
Editors of the GreenerGreenGrass Organic Lawn Care Blog praise the NaturCut Classic model and say the Ideal is a continuation of the same quality. The author includes a press release from NaturCut but doesn't rate the mower and it isn't clear if it was tested.
Review: NaturCut Push Mowers Lead the Way to 'Reel' Healthy Lawns and Fresher Air, Editors of GreenerGreenGrass Organic Lawn Care Blog, July 27, 2010