Nobody wants to spend time sharpening their lawnmower blades, especially when they could be spending that time doing something else productive. But sometimes you don’t have a choice. If you’re looking for some alternative strategies or tips, this blog post is the place for you. Here are a few unique ways to keep your mower’s blades neatly sharpened without too much effort. Now get back to the yard!
1. Sharpening of Reel mower blades with a File:
Using a sharpening file on your reel mower’s blades is the most basic way to keep the blades in good working condition. It’s easy, saves money, and is much less hassle. Just follow these simple steps as you sharpen your blades:
Start by removing the blade from the mower; you may have to loosen appropriate screws or clamps if it doesn’t slide off. Once you have the blade separated from the mower, place it on a board or other flat surface and then take your file and run it down each side of every tooth on each blade. The key here is to ensure that you don’t remove too much material; smooth out any chips or dull spots, and erase any rust.
Next, take your file and give the mower blades a quick pass on each side of each tooth. You don’t need to spend too much time on this; just make sure that the blade is smooth and even. After you’ve finished doing your initial run-through of the blade, check it for any loose bits or flakes by running your hand over it; if everything looks okay, then you’re ready for further sharpening.
Now take a look at the surface of each blade: if there are still any rough spots or shreds sticking out, you’ll need to get rid of them with another pass with your file on both sides of the blade. Also, make sure that the entire blade is flat on both sides and there are no rough spots or bumps. Of course, this will take a little longer to do than your initial pass, but the results will be well worth it.
2. Sharpening Reel mower blades with sharpening compound:
You don’t need to spend time sharpening your reel mower’s blades with a file. There is something better than that, and that’s using a professional-grade compound on your blades. It is easy, cheap, and as fast as using a file. The only real effort you need to put into this process is cleaning your blades before you begin. Follow these steps to get started:
Take the blades off your mower and then rinse them with water to remove any dirt or residue. Ensure that you don’t get the bearings wet; just let them dry naturally over a towel or some other clean, dry surface. Once your blades are clean, take out the bearing caps and use a paper towel or cloth to wipe away any dirt or grime that might be behind them. Make sure to clean the caps inside and out and make sure that you remove any rust or debris.
After your blade is clean, take a look at it and make sure there are no chips or missing chunks on either side of the teeth; if there are, you’ll need to file them away. Now, apply the compound on a rag or another soft surface and coat both sides of the blade. Wait for about five minutes for it to dry. You will see the result; just make sure that the compound is dry before putting the blade back on your mower.
After your blade is dry, you need to apply a little more compound to where the teeth meet the aluminum body of the blade. Don’t be too heavy with this. Just run your finger over each edge and across each side of each tooth to make sure that there aren’t any rough spots. You can also run your fingers along with the teeth and then wipe off any residue left behind. Make sure that both sides are perfectly smooth after you’ve finished so that you don’t have any problems with it rusting or losing its sharpness over time.
After you’ve put the blade back on your mower, be sure to check it over for any rough spots or debris before starting it up. You’ll want to replace the caps and then give the blade a few test spins to ensure everything works fine.
Quick Tips For Sharpening Your Reel Mower’s Blades:
-If you are on a tight budget, then sharpen your blades with regular sandpaper and not with any other mechanical means like files or compounds. This is because sandpaper doesn’t require too much time, effort, or energy to get great results. It takes a few minutes to get everything nice and smooth, but the results will be something that you’ll enjoy if you care about the health of your mower’s blades.
-The best time of year to sharpen your mower’s blades is in between late spring and early fall. This is when you’ll see the most wear-and-tear on your blade, and it will need the most amount of maintenance to keep it in good shape. Just take a look at the condition of your blade when you’re doing your regular yard work; if it seems dull, rusted, or damaged, then don’t wait any longer to get started with sharpening it.
You need to sharpen your mower’s blades because that will ensure your mower’s longevity, giving you a more consistent cut. If you have a stone or sandpaper, you can do this yourself, but we recommend using a file and compound.