American Lawn Mower SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit, reviews, comments

American Lawn Mower SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit

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The American Lawn Mower Company reel mower sharpening kit is an easy way to keep reel blades in top cutting form. This do-it-yourself kit allows users to sharpen their own mowers at home. The kit contains everything you need for safe and effective sharpening, including a detailed instruction manual, grinding compound, application brush, and a special back-lapping crank. The kits is designed for use with Great States, American Lawn Mower and Scott's Reel Mowers. Cutting down on mowing time, this sharpening kits gives you a perfectly cut lawn.

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The American Lawn Mower Company reel mower sharpening kit is an easy way to keep reel blades in top cutting form. This do-it-yourself kit allows users to sharpen their own mowers at home. The kit contains everything you need for safe and effective sharpening, including a detailed instruction manual, grinding compound, application brush, and a special back-lapping crank. The kits is designed for use with Great States, American Lawn Mower and Scott's Reel Mowers. Cutting down on mowing time, this sharpening kits gives you a perfectly cut lawn.


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I used this to sharpen a used Scotts reel mower I use to the grass at campsites depending where we are at. This product works great!
Recommendation to save time:
1. Remove one wheel - pull off the gear and slide out the pawl and lay them on the table the way they came off.
2. Remove the other wheel and do the same as #1
3. Place the pawl and gear FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE and reinstall wheel.
4. Do the same for the other side as #3.
This makes the reel turn in reverse when pushing which is what it needs to do when the compound is on to sharpen it. You the adjust the cutter bar a little tighter - apply compound - push up and down the driveway or around the garage. Re-apply compound and adjust bar again if needed. This save A LOT OF TIME and/or manual cranking forever with the supplied handle. Some use a drill adapter, but I like this better because the reel flies and and you can make the cutter bar a little tighter. Sharper and quicker in my opinion. Guess it depends on you patience. Plus I didn't want to risk screwing with something on the end of the shaft. There is enough compound included to sharpen the mower for years . . . you'll probably never need it again unless it dries out.

Personally, I wish they offered it for the $4.00 it's worth without the handle and just include my instructions above . . .

I have a reel mower for my small yard that I got from my Dad. It worked ok but was a bit of a workout to get the lawn mowed. If you hit a piece of bark or a small stick the whole thing would lock up. I tried to use my Dremel to sharpen it by lightly grinding the blades and getting the rust and gunk off of them. It helped a little bit but not enough to make it an enjoyable experience. I watched a youtube video on how to sharpen your blades using this kit. It looked easy enough and was cheaper than taking it in to the shop to get it sharpened by someone else.

I followed the instructions and spend about 15 minutes total and was excited to give it a try. My grass was pretty long which usually makes it worse but this time the blades plowed right through the grass. It was about half the effort as usual. You get enough lapping paste to last a lifetime.

This is a reel lawn mower blade sharpening kit that includes the materials you will need to sharpen your blades. You will need to follow the instructions carefully. I used this on a Remington reel mower and it worked out well. You will need to remove the wheel cap on one side of the mower and insert the manual bar to turn the blade in reverse and sharpen the blade after brushing on the grinding formula. You may also need to turn a screw or bolt on your mower to adjust the blade angle to cut properly. This is an affordable kit that will work with many reel mowers and help you continue using the mower for many years. This is definitely worth getting if you have a compatible mower.

Can you "love" a sharpening kit?? I think so! I got this on the suggestion of people on the YouTube videos showing me how to sharpen my reel mower. Our local hardware wanted $45. to sharpen the blades and I felt I could do as good or better a job myself. I LOVE my reel mower and use it over the self-propelled mower I own and that is always with some 'issue' with. All the expected parts were in the box, as were good instructions on how to sharpen the blades of the mower. I was able to take the wheel apart, use the sharpening kit, reassemble the wheel and be mowing in 45 min. My reel mower works well and I am good to go for this summer. IF I happen to mow a lot and need to resharpen the blades I have PLENTY of the sharpening grit to sharpen many more times!

Our push mower was starting to require too many passes to cut our small lawn nicely. It also had developed a habit of not being able to cut some of the more stringy shoots of grass. We put up with it because we weren't quite sure what to do - no place nearby to take it to for sharpening.

I learned of this kit via a video I saw online. As has become habit, I immediately went to amazon.com to see if they had it and how much it would cost me. The price seemed fair, so I figured, "what the heck?"

I followed the instructions and took the wheel off, coated the blades with the lapping paste, and cranked for about 8 1/2 minutes. I cleaned up the blades, attached the wheel, and tested the mower. There was a slight improvement, but not enough, so I decided to take the extra step and adjust the blade position according to the instructions.

By making this adjustment, the blades made slightly more contact with the cutting base. So, I removed the wheel again, applied lapping paste, and cranked for 8 1/2 minutes again.

That adjustment and extra lapping session did the trick. The mower cut through the grass on the lawn easily - slicing through dandelions, stringy sprouts of grass, etc. Both my son and I agreed that there was a distinct improvement.

I recommend this kit to anyone who owns a reel mower that seems to have lost its cutting ability. It is a low-cost potential solution that will likely get the job done. Very happy!

This was much easier than I thought it would be. My old reel mower wasn't cutting it anymore. I couldn't find any place that would sharpen the blades so I turned to the internet and discovered this kit. I was skeptical, but it was cheap and my options were otherwise limited.

In the box is a bent pipe, a jar of blue goop and a brush.

You just pop one of the wheels off, and put the bent pipe over the end of the wheel axle. The only thing you have to watch is that there is a little in in the axle that will drop out if you're not careful.

You turn the pipe as a crank to rotate the wheels and blades. You just turn the blades slowly and brush the blue goop on the blades. Once the blades are sufficiently gooped, you just rotate the blades backwards for 7 minutes and then rinse the blades. You should probably spray some WD-40 on then you're done to keep the rust at bay.

Anyway, it actually worked and the blades are much sharper and cut much better. I'm guessing the kit would sharpen the blades about 4 times, which means this kit will last a few years.

Great little product. Easy to follow instructions (pay attention to the part about ensuring the one little piece doesn't fall out!). It was easy to use and helped out tremendously. Hardest part was getting the little E ring on and off! ;)

For people who like old fashioned people powered mowers this sharpening kit is all there is as far as I am aware. My husband thought they were minimally useful until he learned how to use this properly. We have run through 6 or 7 of these kits. They were/are identical. My husband has learned how to finally sharpen these blades so they provide a decent cut.
Hand mowers will never be as effective as sharpened power mowers because they don't have the flexibility that handles high grass in one pass, but this does a good job providing a sharp and generally even cutting edge.
If you follow the instructions provided this does a decent job.

Bought this for a very old Reel Mower. I used this product four times to get a Reel Mower that has never been sharpened, sharpened. It seemed to do great, however, I fear that I will have to use it several more times. The mower seems to cut better and is now easier to use, mostly because of this product.

Pardon the length of this review, but I wanted to give an honest review of this product that will be helpful when deciding to purchase.

This sharpening kit will revive your old reel mower! I purchased a used Great Lakes Reel Mower and noticed the blades to be dull and rusted. I purchased this kit on Amazon last summer and followed the instructions as directed. After finishing the sharpening process, the reel and cutter blade where shiny gray and sharp and ready to start mowing. I noticed a definite difference in the ease of mowing once I was using sharp blades. I sharpened the mower again this spring (second time using the kit) and it is again sharp as can be. There is probably enough compound to last me ten seasons of annual sharpening, so well worth the money.

All of this being said, it is manual labor to sharpen your reel mower with this kit. Don't expect it to be easy, as you will be the power behind the sharpening process. As you crank the reel around for 5 - 10 minutes, you'll want to often change arms as your arm will get tired. Nonetheless, in the end, you get a excellent result that cost only $15 for the kit and will last 10 sharpenings (so $1.50 per time) compared to spending $60+ for a professional sharpening each time! I'm in my young 30's (male) and had no trouble with the manual labor part of the sharpening, but I could see this being a problem for some people. If this is the case - find a son, neighbor, or anyone willing to spend 5-10 minutes to sharpen your mower - it's well worth it.

In addition to sharpening the mower, the instruction manual provides detailed instructions on how to adjust the blades of your mower (which is arguably more important). A sharp blade won't cut well if it is not aligned properly. Therefore, this kit is the perfect package in teaching you how to sharpen the blade and then how to align it properly. If you follow all these instructions, you will have a reel mower that easily powers through your lawn with little effort. The people that complain that a reel mower is either too hard to push or doesn't cut well do not have a sharp blade and do not have the reel aligned properly. My wife can easily mow our yard with our 25 pound reel mower easier than a gas mower. Not only that, it is fun to mow!

I hope this provides some help in deciding whether or not to buy this product. I have been very happy with it. I will continue to use it every spring to make sure my mower is in the best shape for the coming mowing season.

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