Anyone mess with reel mowers much?
Posted May 31, 2011 - 10:04 AM
We used to have a push reel mower when I was a kid and mowed the back yard with it. I know they do work good when they are working right.
Posted May 31, 2011 - 10:56 AM
There is a process called "lapping," where the reel is turned backwards and a lapping (grinding) compound is applied to the blades while they are revolving. ......The compound is a grit suspended in water or oil, and is pretty much the same as valve grinding compound. ......This process will not sharpen nicked or bent blades, but is a "touch-up" between sharpenings.
Sharpening and/or lapping are useless if the blades are not adjusted properly. .....The setting of the bedknife against the reel is critical to getting a good cut. .....If the bedknife is adjusted too tightly against the reel, the reel will drag, "click," or bind. ....If the bedknife is too far from the reel, the grass will tear or may not be cut at all.
We would use a page from a phonebook (very thin paper) to test & set newly sharpened reels. ......The paper should cut cleanly without pulling or tearing. ......This has to be checked for each blade on the reel along its entire length.
If there is an area in the center of the reel that is not cutting, yet the ends are cutting okay, then the reel & bedknife need to be sharpened properly to obtain smooth cutting along the entire length of the reel. ....If one end is cutting but the other end is not, then an adjustment may correct things.
It is expensive to have reel mowers sharpened, as it is a time-consuming process. ....This is but one of the many reasons rotary mowers have replaced reel mowers in most instances.
- NUTNDUN, AcreFarm and MH81 have said thanks
Posted May 31, 2011 - 10:57 AM
- NUTNDUN said thank you
Posted May 31, 2011 - 11:55 AM
We might give it a shot again before calling it quits. I will check the reels and then call around to see about getting pricing to get them sharpened.
Posted May 31, 2011 - 02:31 PM
Posted May 31, 2011 - 05:33 PM
.It cuts OK, but I cant afford to get the reels ground......I just have it because my dad used to have one when I was a kid. I learned to drive on it.
Posted May 31, 2011 - 07:20 PM
...and whatever the spikey balls are LOL...
Chestnuts or buckeyes both have the spiky balls. The "nut inside them looks really similar as well.
As to reel mowers, the only thing that I know about them is when the one fellow from the UK was selling the 100 year old reel grinder and sent the link to me in a PM. I can't find it anywhere now though!
Posted May 31, 2011 - 07:35 PM