RL20H/HC – 20″ Classic Reel Mower

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

The RL20H series is another example of how we’ve recreated a popular proven model from the past and improved upon it. The “H.O.” (as it was known) was the best-selling model for many years and further solidified California Trimmer as the premier reel mower brand. Our “Classic” has the same core design – but with many of the same performance and durability benefits as our commercial models. In addition to the standard, it’s also available as a “High-Cut” version (models RL205HC / RL207HC), to provide cutting heights up to 2-1/4″.





Following are some of the key features …

    • Honda GX120 or Briggs & Stratton XR550 engine
    • Convenient hand lever clutch engagement
    • Heavy-duty belt and chain drive combination
    • Top side access blade / bed-knife adjustment 
    • Large 9” rear drive roller**
    • Chain driven, heavy-duty 5 or 7 blade reel**
    • Large capacity catcher included with every model**
    • Replaceable bed-knife **
    • 2 position front caster axle height**

** Same as the commercial models

Optional front rollers are also available for more level and stable tracking as well as close edge mowing.

The smooth version (left) performs best with cutting heights at or below 1-1/4″ and can also help provide some striping. The split-grooved version (right) provides straight tracking and handles taller grass heights.

Here’s a quick reference sheet showing all the current RL20H models and options (click on the image for a larger version in a new tab):

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

All 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 Briggs XR550, Honda GX120 Honda GX120 / GX160 Honda GX160
Number of Blades (Model) 5 (RL205H/HC) or 7 (RL207H/HC/HR) 5 (RL205) or 7 (RL207) 5 (RL255), 7 (RL257/R) or 10 (RL2510R)
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: 7/16″ to 1-3/4″

HC: 5/8″ to 2-1/4″

7/16″ to 1-1/2″
Drive System HD Belt Tension, 3 Chains, 11/16″ Steel Drive Shaft Friction Clutch, 3 Chains, 11/16″ Steel Drive Shaft
Walk Speed 3.0 mph (4.8 km/h) 3.5 mph (5.6 km/h)
Limited Warranty Chassis/Frame
2-Years Residential Use 2-Years Residential Use / 1-Year Commercial Use
Briggs & Stratton XR550 Honda GX120 Honda GX160
2-Years Residential & Commercial Use 3-Years All Applications 3-Years All Applications
Honda GX120
3-Years All Applications
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