Greenworks is committed to providing us with a range of lawn care equipment that helps the environment as much as it helps us keep our lawns under control and the 25072 is one of a few push reel mowers they produce. With a 20-inch cutting width, it’s one of the bigger reel mowers you can buy, and it also comes complete with a grass catcher (most reel mowers on the market don't). In this Greenworks 25072 review, we're going to lay everything out on the table that we found out during our research. Pros, cons and finally the best use cases that we believe apply to this mower.
Greenworks 25072 Review - Specifications
|Cutting Width||20 inches|
|Cutting Heights||1 3/4 - 2 3/4 inches|
|No. of Blades||5|
|Dimensions||28.35 x 18.11 x 11.02 in|
Greenworks 25072 Pros: What People Like About this Lawn Mower
- Cuts Well Under Certain Conditions – It'd be a lie to make the blanket statement that "this mower cuts well." It does, but the quality of the cut is greatly impacted by the conditions in which you use the Greenworks 25072. Use it on small to medium size areas of flat lawn where the grass is no taller than 3 inches, and you'll likely be very, very satisfied with the job it does. If the grass is longer or the ground more uneven, that might not be the case, as we'll discuss later in this review.
- Easy to Put Together – Most lawn mowers seem to require very little assembly these days, so while this is not an advantage that is unique to this particular mower, it does apply. Essentially you just attach the handle and it's ready to be put to work. Shouldn't take you longer than 10-20 minutes from unboxing to getting out on the lawn.
- Reduces Your Carbon Footprint – While this might not be the #1 reason that convinces you to purchase the Greenworks 25072, if you do purchase it you’re doing your bit for the environment. There is no pollution caused by its use, so both you and the planet won’t have to contend with those stinky fumes.
- Doesn’t Cost the Earth – This mower represents an extremely affordable way of keeping your lawn in check. Even if it lasts you a couple of seasons, you’ll be taking care of your lawn for peanuts compared to what it’d cost to have someone else come in and do the job.
- Quiet Enough – It’s on the quieter end of the spectrum as far as lawn mower noise goes, but don’t let that trick you into thinking that it’s going to be near silent. It’s not. The noise the Greenworks 25072 produces is definitely noticeable, but if compared side by side with the noise produced by the average gas mower, there’s no comparison.
- Doesn’t Take Up Much Space – It’s a compact design that will squeeze into even the smallest corner of your shed or your garage. So if yours is overflowing already with tools and equipment, don’t worry about being able to find a space for your new mower. It’ll definitely fit.
- Decent Warranty – Greenworks is generally very good at backing their products up with decent warranties and that’s certainly no different here. You’re covered for 4 years, and on the evidence that we found during our research, they honor their warranty with replacement parts and mowers if the conditions are met. That certainly gives us more confidence in the product.
- Gets You Out Exercising – You may or may not like exercise, but if you do, then you’ll probably enjoy your sessions outside with the Greenworks 25072. Your force powers the blades, and while it’s not overly difficult to push, it will give you a light workout each time you mow.
Greenworks 25072 Cons: What People Complain About
- Small Twigs + Other Debris Jams It – Twigs, stones, acorns and other sorts of debris will bring this mower to a grinding halt, which is only natural given that there’s no motor or engine powering it. But I can become quite inconvenient if this happens frequently. So the best thing to do is to have a quick scout around your lawn before you start mowing, and clear any debris that you find.
- Quality of Cut Greatly Affected By Uneven Ground – We came across users talking about their experiences of using the Greenworks 25072 to cut grass on slopes, ditches and uneven ground, and the results overall were quite poor. It won’t cut evenly in these cases and you may have to go over the same area several times.
- Doesn’t Cut Tall Grass or Weeds Well – The Greenworks 25072 isn't designed for scything down backyard lawn-jungles, so if you think you're going to power through lots of thick overgrowth, you can think again. Once grass or weeds get to a certain length, they'll just fold under the blade and won't cut. And even if it's just a bit overgrown, it'll still be a process of gradually bringing the grass down to a manageable length. So if you buy it and expect to have to face these conditions, be prepared for it to take you quite a lot longer.
- Quality of Handlebars Somewhat Suspect – We’ve seen this on other models of reel mower too. The thickness of the material used to construct the handles is not very thick at all, and this causes them to flex and bend when pushing the mower and particularly when turning. We didn’t come across a lot of cases where the handles broke, but it’s certainly a weak point.
- Grass Catcher Doesn’t Work All that Well – This might be one of a few reel mowers that comes with a grass catcher as standard, but if consumer sentiment is anything to go by, it would seem as though it wouldn't be missed if they stopped shipping it with the mower. Firstly, a lot of consumers complain that it's far too small and fills up in an instant. Secondly, it appears that it doesn't do a great job of actually catching the clippings, missing more than it collects. Still, you don't have to attach the catcher if it bugs you.
The Bottom Line
We've tried to paint an unbiased picture, outlining both the pros and cons. Now it's time to sum up our Greenworks 25072 review and leave you with a few final thoughts.
Leave It on the Shelf
Greenworks 25072 Review Conclusion:
The Greenworks 25072 does the absolute basics well under the right conditions, and if you have a yard that's not enormous and is pretty level, it'll probably do the job. But for any other type of lawn surface, we'd probably take a pass and look at other models available.