American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 Review

16-Inch 5-Blade Push Reel Lawn Mower, Gray


Final Score

4.2 / 5 from 992 users

American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 | Tools Official
American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 | Tools Official
American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 | Tools Official


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We spent 8.8 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Customers find the American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 easy to use and move around, stating that it operates smoothly and is not too heavy. (58 reviews)

    • “First time with a mower like this but I like it for ease of use”

    • “pushes like a dream”

    • “Works great pushes easy”

    • “It’s super light weight and easy to use.”

    • “The mower is really easy to maneuver and even my wife said it was easy to push & she liked it after I initially assembled it.”

    • “simple to use”

    • “I can push it with one hand except you can steer easier with both hands. Never have to pull a rope, just grab the handlebars and push.”

    • “It is lightweight, easy to push, sharp, and very maneuverable.”

    • “Very smooth operating”

    • “Easy to put together, easy to store”

  • The manual reel mower does not require gas or electricity, eliminating the need for cords and fuel, which contributes to a more environmentally friendly usage. (23 reviews)

    • “doesn't emit exhaust gases, and eliminates the need for an electric cord”

    • “It's quiet, no gas to mess with, just push the thing and it cuts the grass.”

    • “No need for another gas mower”

    • “Benefits like not burning fuel and getting exercise”

    • “Instead of annoying the neighbors and contributing to climate change with a gasoline-powered lawnmower, I'm giving myself exercise.”

    • “I decided I didn’t want to deal with an engine anymore and was going to go electric, but then I saw these and based on positive reviews and price decided to give it a shot.”

    • “I love that I don't have to breathe smoke and dust when using it.”

    • “Bought this to have a manual mower”

    • “It is a manual push mower, so expect the result for this line of product – it does work better!”

    • “this beauty will maintain your lawn carbon-free afterwards”

  • Customers find the assembly process to be straightforward, involving only a few bolts and a lock washer, which can be managed by referring to the pictures. (21 reviews)

    • “The handle bar install was straightforward and much quicker.”

    • “Easy to put together by one person”

    • “I rated it as five stars for ease of assembly which in a way is accurate.”

    • “One thing I will say that it was easier putting the bottom of the handle on first.”

    • “Assembly was quite simple which required no tools expect for a flat edge screw driver to push two "D" rings to secure the handles”

    • “I took it out of the box, put it together myself”

    • “Easy to assemble”

    • “Easy assembly, took me about fifteen minutes having never put together anything similar”

    • “Great price and was super easy to assemble.”

  • The operation of the mower is quieter than gas engine mowers, making it suitable for use without causing noise disturbance. (16 reviews)

    • “Compared to gas engine mowers, it produces less noise”

    • “Not only is this thing quiet, but I can get my 4,300 sqft Bermuda lawn done in about 20 minutes, pushing at a normal walking pace.”

    • “with very little noise”

    • “Our lawn looks better than before, it's quiet, no gas to mess with, just push the thing and it cuts the grass.”

    • “really quiet”

    • “Even better, it's very quiet”

    • “Highly recommend getting one of these instead of a gas or electric mower for a small lawn”

    • “Also, because it doesn't stink and it's not loud and doesn't throw off tons of grass clippings, I'm not so dirty afterward.”

    • “It's not whisper quiet, but as long as you're not mowing under your neighbors window, you can pretty much mow the lawn without disturbing anyone”

  • The American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 push reel mower is suitable for small yards and works well on slopes where powered mowers might be difficult to use. (14 reviews)

    • “I have a sloping rather small side yard”

    • “will cut the grass on the hill my zero turn won’t drive on”

    • “I was looking for something to mow where my lawn tractor can't go.”

    • “my yard is super uneven, and rocky, so our riding mower would just hit the rocks and I didn’t want to break it”

    • “great way to take care of smaller lawns and hard to reach areas”

    • “to use on the sloped hill around the perimeter of my property”

    • “I bought this with high hopes to be able to cut small front yard.”

  • Using the reel mower provides a good physical workout, which is an added bonus for those looking to combine lawn maintenance with exercise. (14 reviews)

    • “it's also a workout!”

    • “its a bit of a workout if you don't have a smooth yard”

    • “Mowing was not much of an effort though a light work out.”

    • “Benefits like not burning fuel and getting exercise”

    • “Also, it is a great workout. Instead of annoying the neighbors and contributing to climate change with a gasoline-powered lawnmower, I'm giving myself exercise.”

    • “I usually have to go over my Florida lawn twice to get a clean cut, so I get lots of cardio with this mower”

    • “along with a great workout”

    • “Now I get exercise and keep up my lawn at the same time.”

    • “it’s a great workout going uphill”

    • “Will be good exercise.”

    • “It’s like your 2nd CrossFit session of the day ehehehe”

    • “The blades are sharp and it’s a good weight to get the job done and a small arm workout.”

  • Due to its design and size, the lawn mower is easy to store, which is beneficial for users with limited storage space. (10 reviews)

  • The mower offers several height adjustment options. The wheels come with three slots for height adjustment, and there are also roller adjustments for further fine-tuning, allowing for cuts close to 0.5 inches. (8 reviews)

    • “Height Adjustments - There are three slots on the mower for the wheels to connect to. As I said it comes on the highest setting (which is the lowest hole) Think of it this way if you lower the wheels you raise the mower to you want them on the highest hole for the bolt.”

    • “Then I adjusted both sides of the roller assembly to the lowest setting.”

    • “I like the adjustable height”

    • “First cut was at the highest (out of the box) height, and dropped it to 1.75" and mowed if the next day.”

    • “After spending a few hours taking it apart and fine-tuning it”

    • “height-adjustable”

    • “Adjusting the blade height could be designed a little bit better”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Users of the American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16 have reported varied outcomes when it comes to mowing tall grass. Specifically, it was noted that this model may have difficulty with grass taller than 10 inches, often necessitating several passes to achieve an even and effective cut. (20 reviews)

    • “For longer grass, especially over 10 inches, occasional passes may be needed, but after a couple of back-and-forths, most tall grass is successfully cut.”

    • “If you are trying to cut more than 30% off the blades of grass you will likely need multiple passes.”

    • “You have to go over everything a second time, but if you don't have much to mow, it won't matter much.”

    • “Multiple passes may be needed for dense clumps of grass or weeds.”

    • “It does struggle with really tall stuff (my back yard had gotten over 10” tall because I’ve been sick and neglected it) because it tends to push it down rather than cut it, as the manual tells you will happen.”

    • “The tall stems, stalks that produce the grass seeds at the end. This lawnmower does not cut those parts of the grass.”

    • “it was not cutting evenly and I would have to run over the area a dozen times to cut it.”

    • “I would suggest using a powered mower if overgrown beyond 4 inches, otherwise you will be making 3 or 4 passes to get a clean cut.”

    • “It isn't quite as good as a regular gas or electric lawnmower and usually requires more than one pass to adequately cut the grass.”

  • Although the blades are described as sharp, they have limits, particularly on the amount of grass being cut. One review mentioned that the blades struggle with too much grass, which can impact the cutting quality. (11 reviews)

    • “The blades are super sharp, but do have their limits depending and how much grass is being cut.”

    • “It sometimes has trouble slicing taller stems”

    • “Not sure if it's because the friction of the 7 blades cutting or the lack of weight, or combo of both but the mower slides about as much as it cuts.”

    • “Does not do a good job on weeds”

    • “have to go over few times to have a better cut”

    • “Unfortunately, it doesn’t do well with weeds and dandelions.”

  • The mower is sensitive to debris such as twigs and small sticks. A user expressed frustration over the mower getting stuck on even tiny twigs, implying that the lawn needs to be completely clear of debris for optimal use. (11 reviews)

    • “This mower can't take the smallest birdnest twig so you have to make sure there is zero anything in your patch of grass or the blades get stuck.”

    • “The blades get stuck on every small twig and piece of beauty bark.”

    • “My area is heavily wooded so takes a bit longer to mow because of twigs catching in the rotary”

    • “Be sure to keep sticks and other stuff out of the path of the blades.”

    • “Stops at the tiniest stick.”

    • “Just have to remember to take any loose debris like branches or twigs off the lawn which will cause the blades to stop rotating and cutting.”

    • “If you have any trees in your yard, be sure do rake up any little twigs, once that is done it's a breeze.”

    • “It's true that it will get stuck if a stick or tree cone gets lodged in”

    • “the smallest twig stops the rotors from spinning”

Bottom Line

Get your lawn in shape with the American Lawn Mower Company 1415-16, a user-friendly push reel mower perfect for small yards. No need for gas or electricity, it's a quiet, eco-friendly option that's easy to assemble and adjust. It's light enough to handle and gives you a workout too. Storing it's a breeze, but be ready to clear twigs and make a few passes on taller grass for the best results. Ideal for keeping your patch tidy without the fuss or noise.


BrandAmerican Lawn Mower Company
Cutting Width (in)16 inch
Max Cutting Height2-1/2"
Min Cutting Height1/2"
Power SourceManual
CategoryReel Mowers
Warranty1 Year Limited
Weight24.1 lbs.

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Special Features

  • Eco-conscious mowing: This machine doesn't need gas or electricity, so it doesn't make smog or loud noise. It's good for the planet and keeps your neighborhood quiet.
  • Barely any upkeep: This thing is built to last without a fuss. You won't have to sharpen the blades often—only once in a blue moon.
  • Sharp blades for a neat cut: The 'heat-treated alloy steel blades' are super sharp, so they cut your grass clean and even, like scissors, making your lawn look top-notch.
  • Custom grass heights: You can change how short it cuts, from really short (half an inch) to a bit longer (two and a half inches), to get the lawn looking just right.
  • Easy to steer and push: The '10” polymer wheels' make this mower a breeze to push around, even in tight spots.
  • Light and easy to handle: It's not heavy, so you won't break a sweat pushing it, and it won't eat up space in your garage or shed.
  • Tough as nails: The 'tempered alloy steel reel and bed knife blade' plus 'unbreakable steel side plates' mean this mower can take a beating and keep on cutting.
  • Powered by you: You're the engine that makes it go, so you never have to worry about filling it up with gas or plugging it in.
  • Whisper-quiet: Mow your lawn any time without making a racket or waking up the neighbors.
  • Good for your lawn and your health: Pushing this mower around is not only good for your grass, it's a decent workout, too.


  • Q:

    Is it possible to attach a grass catcher to this mower?

  • A:

    Yes, a compatible grass catcher is available for purchase, specifically model 1ST-SP on Amazon. - American Lawn Mower Company

  • Q:

    Does a storage cover exist for this mower to ensure child safety?

  • A:

    Currently, there is no specific cover available from the manufacturer. However, a heavy beach towel or blanket can be used to cover the blades for safety.

  • Q:

    Is this mower capable of cutting ground cover plants, such as mimosa, as effectively as it cuts turf grass?

  • A:

    The mower's effectiveness on ground cover plants like mimosa may vary. It is designed to cut through most vegetation it rolls over but may struggle with particularly tall weeds.

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