Reel Mower Sharpening: A Summary of Methods by Brand

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

sharpening kit for scotts, great states, and american reel mowers


3 responses to “Reel Mower Sharpening: A Summary of Methods by Brand

  1. Hi Dave,

    I love your site and your blog. Great stuff here. I’ve placed links on my blog to your blog and your site so my readers can check this all out. I agree completely that using the reel mower is far superior to the power mower, at least for smaller lawns like mine.


  2. peoplepoweredmachines

    Thanks Dan!

    I am so jealous you had time to get peas in. I won’t have time this year for spring crops (spring is our super busy time).

    Everyone should check out Dan’s independent review of what it is like to transition to a reel mower.

    “….I’ve now been using the manual reel mower for almost a month and it works like a dream. It is quiet – oh so quiet – I could use this thing at midnight and not disturb anyone. No fumes. No smells. No oily mess. No gasoline to buy or inhale. No pollution. It cuts nicely. I have to recut a few times but I have a small lawn and that is no problem. It takes only a bit more effort than a power mower and because it is so light you do not notice it much. It does not throw objects and presents no hazard to children or pets. It wont cut your foot off if you were to pull it over your foot. ….”

  3. peoplepoweredmachines

    Hi Dan,

    Yes, for the small lawn owners, the reel mower makes lots of sense.

    Best regards,


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