How to Adjust a Reel Type Lawn Mower


Proper lawn care starts with proper mowing. Bermuda grass lawns are typically mowed to a height under 1 1/2 inches because of the cutting preference of that particular grass cultivar. Cutting bermuda grass even lower-- to between 3/4 and 1 inch high--is easiest with a reel mower. Adjusting the mower's cutting height requires few tools.

Step 1

Find where the roller attaches to the reel mower. On each side you'll notice a bolt and nut that hold the roller at a particular height setting.

Step 2

Loosen the nuts on each side of the roller, using an adjustable wrench. Remove the nuts completely from the bolts and pull the bolts out.

Step 3

Slide the roller up to lower the cutting height of the reel mower; slide it down to raise the cutting height. Once you reach your intended height setting, slide each bolt through its respective hole to set the roller into place on the reel mower.

Step 4

Check to make sure each side of the roller is at the same height and screw the nuts back on to the bolts. Tighten the nuts with your adjustable wrench.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear gloves when handling the reel on the reel mower. It is very sharp and can cause serious cuts to bare flesh.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Ruler
  • Gloves


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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.