How to Sharpen a Mower Reel


Reel mowers are most commonly used on turf such as bent grass and Bermuda grass because of their ability to achieve a lower mowing height than a rotary mower. Just like a rotary mower, the blades of a reel mower need to be sharpened. But the sharpening method is very different on a reel mower. The good news is that you can easily sharpen a reel mower with a little spare time and a few tools.

Step 1

Lay the reel mower on its side. Pop off the side cover on the wheel with a flat-head screwdriver.

Step 2

Using a flat-head screwdriver, pry off the C ring that secures the wheel.

Step 3

Pull off the wheel and remove the gear that is under the wheel. You won't need any tools to remove these.

Step 4

Slide the crank over the shaft that the gear was on. Dip a paint brush into a sharpening compound, and liberally paint it all over the reels.

Step 5

Grasp the crank, and turn the reel backward. Keep turning the crank until you see a shiny, smooth metal edge on all the blades.

Step 6

Remove the crank from the shaft, and put the gear and wheel back on. They will slide on in the same manner that you took them off. Push the C ring back into place with the screwdriver, and pop the plastic cap back on. Your reel mower is now sharpened.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves when you work with the blades of a reel mower. They are very sharp and can cause serious cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Reel mower sharpening kit
  • Gloves


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About this Author

Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.