Sharpening Reels for a Push Mower

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How to sharpen reels on a push mower; get professional tips and advice from an expert carpenter on sharpening gardening tools in this free instructional video. View Video Transcript

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Fred Carson

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Hi my name is Fred Carson and I'm from Carson's saw shop in Eugene, Oregon. I've been sharpening tools for over 30 years and I am here with Expert Village. Here we have the reel from the reel lawn mower, a hand pushed lawn mower, people think there not used much anymore but we do sharpen close to 200 every year. There is a lot of people who do not like to start the motor up and pollute the air with gasoline and noise and everything else. Now this machine is for sharpening reels on lawnmowers. It's pretty old, it's 30 years that I know about but they do make these for all of the high tech golf courses that are around these days. Let's see if we can get this adjusted here. We have little adjustments on here, we have a little wing nut here to tighten everything up. That's got a slide adjustment here, and then it's got a major adjustment here with this lever. The goal is to sharpen this reel and it's like most tools you need to have one edge that is a lot lower that the front edge, so the front edge there needs to be a bevel and let?s try that out here. See it's lower here and higher on the front edge. You just go around and do every reel. We do have a blue wheel which is a ceramic type of a wheel it works and cuts a lot faster than the old style grinding wheels we use to have. The old grinding wheels were a standard carbon and this is quite a bit of an improvement. There we have a sharpened hand push mower. Then we are going to take it off and we are going to put it back together on the other side here. We'll get to that in just a second.