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Brill Luxus 38 push manual reel mower

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Price: $199.99
Regular Price: $219.99


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  • The Luxus 38 is a discontinued product that is no longer available. Please see the upgraded model: the brand new Brill Razorcut 38 reel mower.

    Please note that we stock Brill reel mowers at our own warehouse and really have the mowers available for immediate shipment. Your order will ship within one business day.

    Who would have guessed that a manual lawnmower could be so easy to use?

    The Brill Luxus 38 is the first reel mower we started with at Clean Air Gardening, and it's still our personal favorite. This precision designed machine is, in our opinion, the Mercedes of reel lawnmowers.

    Stop struggling with a hard-to-start, noisy, polluting gasoline powered mower. With a manual reel lawnmower, you just push and it mows! It's so quiet that you can carry your phone while you're mowing and actually hear it ring. No engine trouble, no running out of gas, no disturbing your neighbors with noise.

    BRILL RELL MOWER BENEFITS:
  • 5 Blades -- The optimal number of blades for superior cutting and ease of pushing.
  • Weighs only 17 pounds -- light enough to hang on the garage wall or pick up with one hand
  • 8 inch diameter wheels
  • Silent cut design -- The blade misses the bedknife by less than a millimeter. This reduces friction and allows the mower to cut the grass like scissors. It also increases the blade life, which means you won't have to sharpen for a decade or more.
  • Flame hardened, welded steel blades -- harder than tempered alloy, which also helps increase blade life.
  • Dry powder coat on metal components -- Powder coated surfaces are more resistant to chipping, scratching, fading, and wearing than other finishes. And colors stay bright and vibrant longer. Powder coating is also highly protective of the environment, because it contains no solvents.
  • Sealed bearings. No extra maintenance required, because the bearings are sealed.
  • Brill mowers feature a 2 year manufacturer's warranty.

    Cutting height ranges from 15mm to 45mm (0.7 inches to 1.8 inches). This lets you cut low enough for the golf course look, and high enough for an average length cut for a wide variety of grass types. (Looking for a super tall cut? Take a look at the Scotts Classic reel mower, with a 3 inch maximum.)

    Mowing width is 38 cm (15.2 inches). Small enough to maneuver easily through the yard, but still about 75 percent as wide as the average 20 inch wide gas mower.

    Mower comes fully assembled except for the handle. The handle comes in three pieces and requires no tools to put together and attach to the mower. Takes about 10 minutes to get out of the box and into the yard.

    Detailed information on the ball bearing system: The Brill reel mowers have a sealed bearing with a separate bearing race. This is the way such bearings were produced until recent manufacturing technology allowed for the entire structure (bearing and race) to be produced as a sealed unit. The Sunlawn mowers feature the newer style of sealed bearing.

    Things to keep in mind with any manual reel mower

    1. Manual reel mowers don't cut tall weeds well (but they do great on grass!). Because of the design, the reel will roll over tall weeds and dandelions without cutting much. So they aren't a good choice to mow a vacant lot, but they'll do superbly with a grass lawn.
    2. If you don't mow weekly, it's going to be much harder to push. You know how a gas mower will bog down when you try to mow grass that hasn't been cut in weeks? Well, it's like that with a reel mower, except you're the motor.

    Related products:

    Scotts Classic Reel Mower
    Brill Luxus 38 with grasscatcher

    Other items that go well with reel mowers:
    Toro cordless string trimmer for edges and tall weeds.

    What our customers are saying:
    "I got my new Brill 38 mower and in 5 minutes was out quietly mowing my lawn in the cool of the morning. My neighbor saw that my lawn was cut and said he didn't hear my lawn mower. Then I showed him why."

    Have you considered a Brill Luxus 38 with a grasscatcher?
    SUMMARY:
    A light weight 17 pound German made reel mower. Silent cut design means it is easy to push and goes up to a decade between sharpenings.




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    Product Reviews

    Average rating is 5
    5.0
    I purchased my first manual reel mower with some skepticism, but after a bunch of research, I can tell you with tremendous confidence that this mower is worth the price.

    Built like I expected, the Luxus 38 delivered performance that was completely unexpected. Given its light weight design, anybody can use it and get their lawn finished in about 2/3 the time compared to using a regular gas mower. This is contrary to what is described on the website, and I have no real good way to explain this, other than the mower is lighter and more maneuverable since it is smaller.

    I have about 2/3 acre to mow. I used to get the job done with a gas mower in about 90 minutes, including detail work around the planting beds. With the Brill, I can get the job finished in less than 60 minutes, including detail work and cleanup. I attribute this to better maneuverability and the light weight design of the Brill. I am not running, however, I am moving at a better pace than I would while pushing the heavier gas powered mower. It seems the more quickly I move, the better the Brill works, although I am sure there are limitations.

    I cut twice a week, and sometimes I even cut the neighbors yard before they are awake! It’s funny listening to them talk about how good their lawn looks - they just can’t figure it out!! Someday, I will fill them in. They have a very small yard (maybe 40’ x 60’), and it only takes a couple of passes with the Brill.

    I don’t have to deal with gas, sparkplugs or air filters, and the only tune-up I will ever have to do is get the blades sharpened in about 10 years (I’m not sold on that yet, but we’ll see at the end of the summer).

    Contrary to the description on the website, the Brill will cut weeds. I have wild onion, mustard garlic, and dandelion in my yard (I live in New Jersey) - - and the Brill cuts everything very well. I have even managed to hit a few twigs that have fallen from the trees on my property, and the Brill did not complain any more than a gas-powered mower.

    The Brill Luxus 38 is the best lawn and garden purchase I have ever made. It’s rugged, precision engineering delivers tremendous results. You can’t beat the weight and the maneuverability for tight areas. This thing turns on a dime, makes virtually no noise, and recycles the clippings back into the yard. The optional bag allows me the luxury of adding necessary greens to my compost heap.
    By:  Stephen B. Sovick
    Dunellen, NJ0.3
    5.0
    My husband bought this mower for me last year when I complained about the kid mowing our lawn. I think it takes me about the same amount of time to mow versus a gas mower. But I love that I don’t have to bag the grass. I love that it doesn’t stink. I love that I can listen to my ipod while I mow. I love that it doesn’t take me forever to start like a gas mower. I am very satisfied with the Brill Luxus 38 push manual reel mower.
    By:  Karen
    OK0.3
    5.0
    So after about 15 years of not owning a lawn mower or a lawn, we moved into a house with a motorized push mower. After I scalped my lawn with it I decided to take a change and look into the Brill.

    Push mowers are big in the media right now and the thing that everyone seems to think is that this is some kind of sacrifice for environmental reasons...it’s not. Unless you have a riding lawnmower or one of those self-propelled deals, this lawmower will absolutely be easier than a push mower. If you’re doing 100 acres with a motorized push mower...the brill will be easier to mow it with (noticed I said easier and not easy -- you’d still be pushing something around 100 acres.)

    Motorized push mowers are the equivalent to turning on a car, pushing it down the street and saying it’s more advanced than a bicycle.

    The brill came quickly -- in about 3 days. It was fairly easy to assemble -- just the handle needs to be put on it. And it seems to need very little maintenance. The blade doesn’t need to be sharpened but the instructions do say that a professional needs to replace the blade once it’s worn out. So in 2015 I may be hunting around for someone to work on this thing. I also noticed that twigs and sticks tend to get stuck in the blades and cause it to seize up. But this isn’t a big deal really.

    In the mean time, this changes mowing the lawn from an odious, noisy task to kind of a nice walk around your lawn.

    If you’re thinking about buying one...just do it. You’ll love it.
    By:  James
    Cleveland Heights, OH0.3
    5.0
    When my son joined the Navy I lost my resident lawn man. I have an old back injury that made it difficult to start my gas powered mower. I received a clean air e-mail, advertising the Brill Luxus 38. I love this mower! After I mow, I rinse my mower off, let it dry in the sun, then put it in the garage for the next mowing! No maintainence, no gas fumes~ It’s a beautiful thing!
    By:  Kathie Ingram
    Central Florida0.3
    5.0
    I’ve been using my Brill for 3-4 months now, and I’m very pleased with it. We’ve got a lawn that, while small, is rather bumpy and has a lot of trees for it’s size, and even with those strikes against it I’m amazingly happy with my Brill.

    I’ve noticed all the same positives that other reviewers here and elsewhere point out.
    It’s quiet. Now that I’ve gotten used to it all the neighbor’s power mowers seem even more grating.
    There’s virtually no maintenence, and it’s easy to just pull out of the shed and go. I’ve found myself splitting the front and back yard and mowing them seperatly 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there as time and my mood permits. I can’t imagine doing that with a power mower.
    I love that I can wear sandals and shorts and let the dogs run around outside while I mow without worrying about what the mower will throw around. Presumably, this would apply to children as well.
    It’s exceptionally light and manuverable. I often find myself pushing it one-handed. This helps compensate somewhat for the narrower cutting width, and additionaly time spent edging compared to a power mower.

    On the downside, and there is a small downside.
    Sticks can stop it dead. This really isn’t that big a deal though. Like I said above, I’ve got a number of trees in the yard, and I’ll usually get hung up 3-4 times in the course of mowing the entire yard. Not all sticks will stop it. It seems to depend on the angle the stick enters the blades, and how fast you’re moving. When I first got the mower, I used to take 5 minutes to lightly rake the lawn before mowing. That pretty much took care of the problem. Now, I just reach out with my foot and turn the blades backwards a little bit whenever I get hung up, and only rake when there are a lot of sticks in the yard.
    Watch the height settings. I’ve found that the variable height adjustment tends to slip. This may be due to my rather bumpy yard, but it’s something to watch out for. I find that If I don’t crank it back up to the top after 3 weeks or so the height will drop to a point where it’s noticeably more difficult to push.
    It’s doesn’t get as close to edges as a power mower. I usually break out the weed wacker evey 2-3 weeks, and that’s OK for me. Iif you’re obsesive about you’re lawn’s appearence be prepared to do more edging than with a power mower on a regular basis.
    It is a little slower than a power mower. I know some other reviewers say it’s faster, and maybe it is for them, but it my situation I suspect that a power mower would be a little bit faster. I don’t think it would be much faster, but a little.
    By:  Mike
    IL0.3
    5.0
    A few years ago, we had basically worn out our old "standard" reel mower after 10+ years and were looking to see what newfangled machine might be available. Careful consideration and an engineer’s innate fancy for gadgets led us to choose the Luxus 38 and order it from Clean Air Gardening. It has been an exceptional product and virtually maintenance free. The plastic parts have not been an issue with respect to durability and it works as well as it did when we first assembled it.

    Perhaps the thing that I find most amazing is how effective the grass guard is - I used to be speckled with grass bits after mowing but never am now. Some pretty clever design went into the placement of the guard.

    Just thought I would chime in since we have had several years of satisfaction and I was complemented on my Clean Air Gardening t-shirt at lunch today.
    By:  Bill
    Northern California0.3
    5.0
    worked just like the other reviewers said- quiet, light (about 25 lbs lighter than my old noisy expensive gas mower!!) . I can mow a little anytime-even at night when it’s cool out - the neighbors can’t even hear me, I can mow around the kids without worrying they’ll get hit by a projectile rock or stick from the gas mower, or chop their limbs off, no pollution. It’s great. The quality is WAY worth the money over cheaper push mowers. Plus I’ll NEVER throw my back out pulling that damn rip-cord again!
    ;-)
    By:  pete friedrich
    mount kisco0.3
    5.0
    I was concerned that my 9000 sq. ft. yard and frequent sticks in the back yard would be a problem. I was wonderfully relieved and surprised at how easily the mower handled the project. It pushes much easier than my heavy motorized mower (not self-propelled) and turns on a dime. Picking the mower up and dropping it in a different location was great for the tight spots in my yard...can’t do that with my old mower! It proved to be everything the testimonials profess: light weight, easy to push, quiet (I enjoyed hearing the wind, birds, etc. instead of having ear plugs in), environmentally friendly, and efficient. I should have done this years ago. It’s a great product.
    By:  Ron Albrecht
    Iowa0.3
    5.0
    I grew up in the ’50’s and ’60’s and made money mowing the neighbor’s lawns with old reel type mowers. Needless to say they weren’t in the best shape and it was a real work out using them. I kept using reel type mowers when I became a homeowner since I never had very large yards. Again, these were older type mowers and that offered a fair amount of resistance when cutting. When it came time to get a new one, I researched what was available on the market and was very impressed with the Brill’s specs. I ordered one and held my breath hoping it would measure up to it’s marketing claims. It does and I couldn’t be happier. It cuts like a dream, offers very little resistance when cutting, has ZERO maintenance and "shouldn’t" require any sharpening for 10 years (we’ll see about that). Yes, it’s pricey and you can get a gas powered one for less but if you’ve been put off of reel mowers based on experience with older types of designs - don’t worry this one is a dream to use.
    By:  Dan
    Virginia0.3
    1.0
    This is the worst purchase of my life. It can’t cut grass of any significant length or thickness. The wheels stop turning anytime they go into the smallest hole or run into any bump in the grass. They also stop for no apparent reason and the piece of shit just slides along not cutting, so you end up going over places over and over. If you buy this God-forsaken "lawn mover", but some gloves because you’ll wear calluses in your palms as you push this thing over the same spot a dozen times with no result. If I don’t throw it off an overpass sometime this summer, it’ll be a miracle.
    By:  Craig
    Maryland0.3
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    Product Reviews

    Average rating is 5
    5.0
    I purchased my first manual reel mower with some skepticism, but after a bunch of research, I can tell you with tremendous confidence that this mower is worth the price.

    Built like I expected, the Luxus 38 delivered performance that was completely unexpected. Given its light weight design, anybody can use it and get their lawn finished in about 2/3 the time compared to using a regular gas mower. This is contrary to what is described on the website, and I have no real good way to explain this, other than the mower is lighter and more maneuverable since it is smaller.

    I have about 2/3 acre to mow. I used to get the job done with a gas mower in about 90 minutes, including detail work around the planting beds. With the Brill, I can get the job finished in less than 60 minutes, including detail work and cleanup. I attribute this to better maneuverability and the light weight design of the Brill. I am not running, however, I am moving at a better pace than I would while pushing the heavier gas powered mower. It seems the more quickly I move, the better the Brill works, although I am sure there are limitations.

    I cut twice a week, and sometimes I even cut the neighbors yard before they are awake! It’s funny listening to them talk about how good their lawn looks - they just can’t figure it out!! Someday, I will fill them in. They have a very small yard (maybe 40’ x 60’), and it only takes a couple of passes with the Brill.

    I don’t have to deal with gas, sparkplugs or air filters, and the only tune-up I will ever have to do is get the blades sharpened in about 10 years (I’m not sold on that yet, but we’ll see at the end of the summer).

    Contrary to the description on the website, the Brill will cut weeds. I have wild onion, mustard garlic, and dandelion in my yard (I live in New Jersey) - - and the Brill cuts everything very well. I have even managed to hit a few twigs that have fallen from the trees on my property, and the Brill did not complain any more than a gas-powered mower.

    The Brill Luxus 38 is the best lawn and garden purchase I have ever made. It’s rugged, precision engineering delivers tremendous results. You can’t beat the weight and the maneuverability for tight areas. This thing turns on a dime, makes virtually no noise, and recycles the clippings back into the yard. The optional bag allows me the luxury of adding necessary greens to my compost heap.
    By:  Stephen B. Sovick
    Dunellen, NJ0.3
    5.0
    My husband bought this mower for me last year when I complained about the kid mowing our lawn. I think it takes me about the same amount of time to mow versus a gas mower. But I love that I don’t have to bag the grass. I love that it doesn’t stink. I love that I can listen to my ipod while I mow. I love that it doesn’t take me forever to start like a gas mower. I am very satisfied with the Brill Luxus 38 push manual reel mower.
    By:  Karen
    OK0.3
    5.0
    So after about 15 years of not owning a lawn mower or a lawn, we moved into a house with a motorized push mower. After I scalped my lawn with it I decided to take a change and look into the Brill.

    Push mowers are big in the media right now and the thing that everyone seems to think is that this is some kind of sacrifice for environmental reasons...it’s not. Unless you have a riding lawnmower or one of those self-propelled deals, this lawmower will absolutely be easier than a push mower. If you’re doing 100 acres with a motorized push mower...the brill will be easier to mow it with (noticed I said easier and not easy -- you’d still be pushing something around 100 acres.)

    Motorized push mowers are the equivalent to turning on a car, pushing it down the street and saying it’s more advanced than a bicycle.

    The brill came quickly -- in about 3 days. It was fairly easy to assemble -- just the handle needs to be put on it. And it seems to need very little maintenance. The blade doesn’t need to be sharpened but the instructions do say that a professional needs to replace the blade once it’s worn out. So in 2015 I may be hunting around for someone to work on this thing. I also noticed that twigs and sticks tend to get stuck in the blades and cause it to seize up. But this isn’t a big deal really.

    In the mean time, this changes mowing the lawn from an odious, noisy task to kind of a nice walk around your lawn.

    If you’re thinking about buying one...just do it. You’ll love it.
    By:  James
    Cleveland Heights, OH0.3
    5.0
    When my son joined the Navy I lost my resident lawn man. I have an old back injury that made it difficult to start my gas powered mower. I received a clean air e-mail, advertising the Brill Luxus 38. I love this mower! After I mow, I rinse my mower off, let it dry in the sun, then put it in the garage for the next mowing! No maintainence, no gas fumes~ It’s a beautiful thing!
    By:  Kathie Ingram
    Central Florida0.3
    5.0
    I’ve been using my Brill for 3-4 months now, and I’m very pleased with it. We’ve got a lawn that, while small, is rather bumpy and has a lot of trees for it’s size, and even with those strikes against it I’m amazingly happy with my Brill.

    I’ve noticed all the same positives that other reviewers here and elsewhere point out.
    It’s quiet. Now that I’ve gotten used to it all the neighbor’s power mowers seem even more grating.
    There’s virtually no maintenence, and it’s easy to just pull out of the shed and go. I’ve found myself splitting the front and back yard and mowing them seperatly 15 minutes here and 20 minutes there as time and my mood permits. I can’t imagine doing that with a power mower.
    I love that I can wear sandals and shorts and let the dogs run around outside while I mow without worrying about what the mower will throw around. Presumably, this would apply to children as well.
    It’s exceptionally light and manuverable. I often find myself pushing it one-handed. This helps compensate somewhat for the narrower cutting width, and additionaly time spent edging compared to a power mower.

    On the downside, and there is a small downside.
    Sticks can stop it dead. This really isn’t that big a deal though. Like I said above, I’ve got a number of trees in the yard, and I’ll usually get hung up 3-4 times in the course of mowing the entire yard. Not all sticks will stop it. It seems to depend on the angle the stick enters the blades, and how fast you’re moving. When I first got the mower, I used to take 5 minutes to lightly rake the lawn before mowing. That pretty much took care of the problem. Now, I just reach out with my foot and turn the blades backwards a little bit whenever I get hung up, and only rake when there are a lot of sticks in the yard.
    Watch the height settings. I’ve found that the variable height adjustment tends to slip. This may be due to my rather bumpy yard, but it’s something to watch out for. I find that If I don’t crank it back up to the top after 3 weeks or so the height will drop to a point where it’s noticeably more difficult to push.
    It’s doesn’t get as close to edges as a power mower. I usually break out the weed wacker evey 2-3 weeks, and that’s OK for me. Iif you’re obsesive about you’re lawn’s appearence be prepared to do more edging than with a power mower on a regular basis.
    It is a little slower than a power mower. I know some other reviewers say it’s faster, and maybe it is for them, but it my situation I suspect that a power mower would be a little bit faster. I don’t think it would be much faster, but a little.
    By:  Mike
    IL0.3
    5.0
    A few years ago, we had basically worn out our old "standard" reel mower after 10+ years and were looking to see what newfangled machine might be available. Careful consideration and an engineer’s innate fancy for gadgets led us to choose the Luxus 38 and order it from Clean Air Gardening. It has been an exceptional product and virtually maintenance free. The plastic parts have not been an issue with respect to durability and it works as well as it did when we first assembled it.

    Perhaps the thing that I find most amazing is how effective the grass guard is - I used to be speckled with grass bits after mowing but never am now. Some pretty clever design went into the placement of the guard.

    Just thought I would chime in since we have had several years of satisfaction and I was complemented on my Clean Air Gardening t-shirt at lunch today.
    By:  Bill
    Northern California0.3
    5.0
    worked just like the other reviewers said- quiet, light (about 25 lbs lighter than my old noisy expensive gas mower!!) . I can mow a little anytime-even at night when it’s cool out - the neighbors can’t even hear me, I can mow around the kids without worrying they’ll get hit by a projectile rock or stick from the gas mower, or chop their limbs off, no pollution. It’s great. The quality is WAY worth the money over cheaper push mowers. Plus I’ll NEVER throw my back out pulling that damn rip-cord again!
    ;-)
    By:  pete friedrich
    mount kisco0.3
    5.0
    I was concerned that my 9000 sq. ft. yard and frequent sticks in the back yard would be a problem. I was wonderfully relieved and surprised at how easily the mower handled the project. It pushes much easier than my heavy motorized mower (not self-propelled) and turns on a dime. Picking the mower up and dropping it in a different location was great for the tight spots in my yard...can’t do that with my old mower! It proved to be everything the testimonials profess: light weight, easy to push, quiet (I enjoyed hearing the wind, birds, etc. instead of having ear plugs in), environmentally friendly, and efficient. I should have done this years ago. It’s a great product.
    By:  Ron Albrecht
    Iowa0.3
    5.0
    I grew up in the ’50’s and ’60’s and made money mowing the neighbor’s lawns with old reel type mowers. Needless to say they weren’t in the best shape and it was a real work out using them. I kept using reel type mowers when I became a homeowner since I never had very large yards. Again, these were older type mowers and that offered a fair amount of resistance when cutting. When it came time to get a new one, I researched what was available on the market and was very impressed with the Brill’s specs. I ordered one and held my breath hoping it would measure up to it’s marketing claims. It does and I couldn’t be happier. It cuts like a dream, offers very little resistance when cutting, has ZERO maintenance and "shouldn’t" require any sharpening for 10 years (we’ll see about that). Yes, it’s pricey and you can get a gas powered one for less but if you’ve been put off of reel mowers based on experience with older types of designs - don’t worry this one is a dream to use.
    By:  Dan
    Virginia0.3
    1.0
    This is the worst purchase of my life. It can’t cut grass of any significant length or thickness. The wheels stop turning anytime they go into the smallest hole or run into any bump in the grass. They also stop for no apparent reason and the piece of shit just slides along not cutting, so you end up going over places over and over. If you buy this God-forsaken "lawn mover", but some gloves because you’ll wear calluses in your palms as you push this thing over the same spot a dozen times with no result. If I don’t throw it off an overpass sometime this summer, it’ll be a miracle.
    By:  Craig
    Maryland0.3