Sharpening varies by Reel Mower Brand
Spring is here, and if you have a reel mower, it is time to figure out if your type has blades that need sharpening AND the frequency of sharpening. We are often asked this question, and this month in particular, so we figure there must be a lot of confusion out there we can clear up.
When Do Your Reel Blades Need Sharpening?
You can tell when your reel mower needs to be sharpened when much of the grass passes by the reel and is left uncut, and the mower becomes harder to push. First, not all reels need annual sharpening! Read on…
Contact-free mowers like the Brill, Easuns, and Sunlawns do not require sharpening. Instead,they just need a year 5 minute task of adjusting the gap distance between the reel and the bed knife. This is very easy and performed as frequently as needed. We have instructions for that here, and if you lost your little metal gap adjuster you can buy one here.
Contact mowers like the Scotts, American, Great States and most others require sharpening on the average of every 1-2 years and spring is the best time to do this. You can purchase a do-it-yourself sharpening kit and sharpen your own reel mower or send it in to the shop.
Below we have listed the reel mowers we carry and their particular sharpening situation.
Item Suggested sharpening Sharpening Kit
Brill Reel Mowers .. 5-8 years Will offer kit this summer
Easun Naturcut Reel Mowers .. 7-10 years Will offer kit this summer
Fiskars Momentum Reel Mower .. Long Lasting No kit at this time
Great States Reel Mowers .. Every year Kit available on our site
Scotts Classic Reel Mower .. Every year Kit available on our site
Easun Silent Cut Mowers .. Every 2 years Kit available on our site