benali
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How to sharpen manual lawn mower?

I have a push lawn mower (not a gas one, a totally manual one that you push like in the olden days).

I bought a sharpening kit with the mower 2 years ago. You paint some gritty goop onto the blades with a paint brush, then you twirl the blades in the opposite direction of normal. I hear a few scrapes as the blades go around but this stops after say 20 turns. My problem is that the blades are not a whole lot sharper than before following this procedure.

When I apply the goop, which side of the blades should it go on? I suspect that optimizing this could sharpen the blades better.

Can I hand-sharpen the blades in some way? Any tips for how to better sharpen the blades?

Thank you in advance.

imafan26
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Re: How to sharpen reel lawn mower?

Did you adjust the blades? Below is a link to sharpening reel mowers.



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benali
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Location: Zone 5b

Re: How to sharpen reel lawn mower?

Thanks for your reply, Greener Thumb. It didn't occur to me to adjust the blades... perhaps this is the problem. I'll try it out.

Thanks again for your expert help.

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