How to Sharpen Cylinder Mower Blades


If you want a workout while cutting your grass, a cylinder mower, also know as a reel mower, is the mower for you. Reel mowers have a cylinder that has six or more blades on it that rotate as you push the mower. These blades shear the grass against another blade which is called a bedknife. Like any other cutting surface, it will get dull over time and you will notice the mower getting harder and harder to push as the resistance increases. Returning your cylinder mower back to its original sharp condition involves just a few items and a little time.

Step 1

Take your reel mower to a well-lit area and lay it down on its side.

Step 2

Pop off the wheel cover on the side of the wheel. Place a flat-head screwdriver in its slot and pry it up to remove it.

Step 3

Locate the "C" clip that holds the the wheel on to the shaft. Pry it off with a flat-head screwdriver and remove the wheel. Underneath you will see a shaft with a gear on it. Remove this also.

Step 4

Brush sharpening compound on each blade of the cylinder. This will be included in the reel mower sharpening kit, along with a paint brush and crank.

Step 5

Place the crank on the shaft that the gear came off. Turn it so the cylinder spins the opposite direction from what it turns when you mow your grass. Continue to turn the crank until each blade becomes shiny and smooth.

Step 6

Remove the crank and place the gear back on the shaft. Put the wheel into place and push the "C" clip back on to hold the wheel in place. Snap the plastic cover back on.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver
  • Reel mower sharpening kit


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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.