How to Sharpen a Scotts Reel Mower


There's no need to feel intimidated by the task of sharpening your Scotts Reel Mower blades. While you can pay professionals to sharpen the blades, it's just as easy to do it yourself. You'll only need to sharpen the blades every one or two years, and you can use the sharpening kit that's included with the mower. Follow some basic steps to disassemble and sharpen the blades.

Step 1

Lay the mower on its side.

Step 2

Remove the "E" ring holding the wheel by using a flathead screwdriver. Wedge the screwdriver under the "E" ring to loosen it until it comes off. Removing the "E" ring removes the wheel. Set the wheel aside.

Step 3

Slip off the gear sitting inside the wheel.

Step 4

Slide the crank, included with the sharpening kit, over the piece where the gear was previously.

Step 5

Open the sharpening compound container. Apply compound to the included paint brush by sticking the brush inside the container.

Step 6

Paint the compound on the five blades. Use even strokes until it's completely covered with compound.

Step 7

Turn the crank counterclockwise to sharpen the blades. Continue cranking until blades have a smooth, sharp edge. To test sharpness place a piece of paper between the blades when you turn the blades clockwise after reassembling. Blades are sharp if they cut the paper cleanly.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Sharpening kit


  • Reel Mowers, Etc.: Scotts Classic Reel Mower Instructions
  • Reel Mowers: How to Sharpen a Manual Mower
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