If you own an automatic reel lawn mower, you’ll know how frustrating it is when the blades stop spinning. The problem might be a dull cutting blade, but a buildup of grass and debris can also cause it. Read on to learn how to sharpen reel lawn mower blades at home.

You can sharpen your mower blade with a file. It is a good idea to sharpen your reel mower blades before you start mowing your lawn. Dull blades make the motor work harder, and they will wear out the motor sooner.

What is a Reel Lawn Mower?

Regular lawnmowers and reel lawnmowers are as different as night and day. A standard lawnmower blade is either clockwise or counterclockwise, but a reel lawn mower blade is cylindrical. It also does not spin. So there is no upside or downside to the blade.

Does your Reel Lawn Mower need a new blade?

Lucas Ruffini is co-founder of Reel Lawn Mower. He says that one of the most common problems that people encounter with reel lawn mowers is not knowing where to put the blade on the contraption. The situation is more complicated if you have an old reel that’s mower or one that’s out of use. You must take it to an expert.

How to assemble the reel lawn mower blade?

Below is a quick how-to guide to assembling a blade.

  • Wear your safety gear and you will be ready to assemble the lawnmower blade.
  • Tighten the blade with a bolt driver and match it with the bolt on the blade.
  • Take out the old blade.
  • Read about the benefits of your new blade.
  • Press the new blade down before screwing it in tightly.

After assembling the blade, what should I do?

  • Verify the blade is positioned correctly.
  • Check to make sure the bolt is screwed down. Don’t over tighten it.
  • Test the balance of your blade by wiggling the blade up and down. If it wobbles, there may be a problem.
  • Don’t forget to check the engine before starting. Also, make sure no strange noises are coming out of the machine; if there are, contact an expert.
  • Ensure that your blade is the correct length.
  • A blade with uneven weight may come in contact with nearby objects, which can lead to accidents.

Should reel mower blades touch?

The blades and cutting bar in reel mowers should be placed close together, but not touching, in a cylinder. When they are correctly positioned, the blades will cut paper like scissors. When you put a strip of paper down and use the reel mower, the blades will cut the paper like scissors and it will be cut cleanly.

What is the threading on a lawn mower blade?

Lawn mowers commonly use a reverse-threaded nut. This is important to remember because not all lawn blades are threaded. A reverse-threaded nut is used to tighten the blade onto the drive shaft and prevent it from falling off while the blade is spinning. Reverse-threaded nuts may apply to lawn mowers, but not always. Keep in mind that not all lawn mowers use a reverse-threaded nut.

Final words

The reel mowers are the best option for people finding hassle in using push mowers or electric mowers. These mowers are not only easy to use, but also they give cuttings so fine that they look like the ones of a professional. A cordless reel mower is very easy to handle, and you will have no trouble using it. It is so easy to use that even the kids can use it.

There are several things to note when you’re assembling reel mower blades. First, inspect the cutting edge of all blades. If the blade is no longer sharp, replace it before continuing. Second, make sure the wheel is aligned correctly on your reel frame. 

The wheel must be centered with the blade and be even on both sides of the wheel. Third, make sure that your reel is correctly attached to the axle. Fourth, check your wheel for any cracks or worn spots.