RL20H/HC – 20″ Classic Reel Mower


20” Classic: Commercial Quality – Residential Benefits – Unbeatable Value


The RL20H series is another example of how we’ve re-created a popular proven model from the past and improved upon it. The “H.O.” (as it was referred to) was the best-selling model for many years and further established California Trimmer as the premier reel mower brand. Our “Classic” version has the same core design as before – but with many of the same performance and durability benefits as our commercial models, and at a suggested retail of $1049.99.

Now also available as a “High-Cut” version (models RL205HC / RL207HC), it will provide cutting heights up to 2-1/4″.



Following are some of the key features …

  • Briggs & Stratton 550e engine (Honda GX120 optional)
  • Convenient hand lever clutch engagement
  • Heavy-duty belt and chain drive combination
  • Large 9” rear drive roller**
  • Chain driven, heavy-duty 5 or 7 blade reel**
  • Replaceable bed-knife **
  • Top side access blade / bed-knife adjustment 
  • 2 position front caster axle height

** Same as the commercial models

Another added benefit of this new unit is that many of the components will retro-fit on the older H.O. models. The 20” Classic provides an ideal opportunity for owners of old and broken down units or lesser quality brands to upgrade to this precision mower at an exceptional value.

All California Trimmer reel mowers have been designed for ease of operation, durability and high performance:

  • Materials are delivered forward into the catcher instead of backward toward the operator
  • The large HDPE (high-density polyethylene) grass catcher saves many stops and starts
  • The high-speed reel produces a neat lawn, smooth as carpet and free of reel marks
  • Fingertip controls allow ease and safety of operation
  • The machine weight is well balanced for easy maneuverability
  • Chain and belt guards for safety
  • Heavy duty 9″ roller drive for positive traction and mobility

Reel Mower Specifications Comparison Chart

  RL20H/RL20HC – 20″ Classic Reel Mower RL20 – 20″ Commercial Reel Mower RL25 – 25″ Commercial Reel Mower
Cutting Width 20″ 20″ 25″
Overall Width 23-1/2″ 23-1/2″ 28-1/4″
Dry Weight Range (depending on options) 143 lbs. to 147 lbs. 169 lbs. to 171 lbs.
Engine BS550e, Honda GX120 Honda GX120 / GC160 Honda GX160
Number of Blades (Model) 5 (RL205H/HC) or 7 (RL207H/HC) 5 (RL205) or 7 (RL207) 5 (RL255), 7 (RL257) or 10 (RL2510)
Ball Bearing Wheels Standard
Solid Welded Frame Standard
Drive Roller Large 9″ deep tread / ball bearing supported
Catcher Material HDPE (High-density polyethylene)
Catcher Capacity 2 Bushels 4 Bushels
Height Adjustment Multi-position rear lever and 2 position front axle
Cutting Height H: 3/8″ to 1-7/8″

HC: 5/8″ to 2-1/4″

1/4″ to 1-1/2″
Drive System HD Belt / 3 Chains

11/16″ Steel Drive Shaft

3 Chains / 11/16″ Steel Drive Shaft
Limited Warranty Chassis/Frame
2-Years Residential Use 2-Years Residential Use / 1-Year Commercial Use
Briggs & Stratton 550e Honda GC160 Honda GX160
2-Years Residential Use 2-Years Residential Use 3-Years All Applications
Honda GX120 Honda GX120
3-Years All Applications 3-Years All Applications
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