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American Lawn Mower Company SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: American Lawn Mower | Tags: , , |

American Lawn Mower Company SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit Review


I bought an old time hand push mower about 3 years ago. Though I have definitely found it to be inferior to a power mower in its ability to pass over many a tall blade of grass or weed, its superiority in its ease of use and dependability has sold me on them for life. I would never use a power mower again. (Not with my size lawn anyway).

The rotary blades on the hand mower do not sharpen, nor do they cut the same way as the single blade design of a power mower. While power mowers can be easily sharpened at an angle with just a file if necessary, the rotary blades of the hand mower are sharpened flat across the face of the blade. Something very difficult to do by hand even if you had the mower completely disassembled. This very simple three piece system consists of a brush, a crank handle, and a small container of grinding compound. The instructions that come with the kit are pretty simple without a lot of detail, but describe it well enough for you to get the job done. Personally, I found the hardest part of the whole job at the very beginning. Removing the small “C” clamp that holds the wheel on. Though the instructions simply stated that one should pry off the C ring by merely “sticking a regular slotted screw driver into the opening” of it, for me there was nothing at all “merely” about it. No amount of prying, twisting, pushing or swearing allowed me to get a grip on the C clamp with just a screwdriver, or even two of them. All I ended up doing for 15 minutes was chase it around the axle. I finally got it off by concluding that I would sacrifice it by ruining it with needle nose pliers, and then putting on a new one. (As it turned out, I easily reshaped the original clamp and reinstalled it). After removing the clamp the wheel slips right off and you have to remove the gear wheel that assures the forward action of the blades when it motion. It is not attached in any way and just lifts off. But one word of warning here. Neither the directions or any other reviewer at the time of this writing mentions that the gear wheel directs its forward motion by the wheel slipping over a little “key” or steel sliver that slides into a slot on the gear shaft. The key is loose after removal of the gear wheel and can easily fall out and be lost while moving the mower around during the sharpening process. Make sure you either keep an eye on it in the shaft, or remove it to a safe place. The actual sharpening process is quite easy, just time consuming. You spread the compound onto the blades with the little brush supplied and then turn the mower back wards with the crank provided. You will get tired, but you can rest and restart. Give it a good ten minutes. The more you crank the better the sharpening job. Oh and the crank does not slip over the entire shaft, it is snug and has to be wiggled on. You may want to tap it with a light hammer or screwdriver so you don’t have to keep stopping and pushing it back on during the spinning process. When you’re done, the reassembly is very easy, (don’t forget the little key if you removed it), and after cleaning up the excess compound, your mower will cut like its a brand new model. It really did make quite a difference for me and I highly recommend this simple kit that will perform the job easily. Push mower blades stay sharp a lot longer than power blades so a sharpening job every other season, or even every three should be enough. Under that schedule, this kit should last you through many years of your mowers use. Highly recommended….

American Lawn Mower Company SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit Feature

  • Reel mower sharpening kit keeps reel blades in top cutting form
  • Cuts down on mowing time; environmentally-friendly
  • Do-it-yourself kit allows users to sharpen their own mowers at home
  • Includes grinding compound, application brush, and back-lapping crank
  • Designed for use with 1705-16 and 1815-18 push mowers

American Lawn Mower Company SK-1 Reel Mower Sharpening Kit Overview

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 1705-16 and 1815-18 push mowers. Cutting down on mowing time, this sharpening kits gives you an environmentally-friendly, perfectly cut lawn.

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American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower

Posted on June 6, 2010. Filed under: American Lawn Mower | Tags: , , , , |

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower Review


Very nice reel mower for small area mowing. You have to mow regularly though, because it is difficult to push through high grass. The blades came sharp and cut great. It does not mow very close to objects due to the wheel spacing from the blades so additional weed eating is necessary. All in all…great purchase and exactly what I was looking for.

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower Feature

  • Deluxe hand-reel mower ideal for most turf grasses
  • Provides a clean, precise, scissor-like cut
  • Includes alloy steel construction; assembly required
  • 8-1/2-inch diameter high impact, polymer wheels; 3-spider 1-blade reel; adjustable roller
  • 1/2- to 1-1/2-inch cutting height; 14-inch cutting width; 19 pounds in weight; limited 90-day warranty

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower Overview

The Great States 14-inch deluxe hand-reel mower provides a clean, precise, scissor-like cut for most turf grasses — especially for cool-season grasses such as bluegrass, fescue and rye. With a cutting width of 14 inches and a a cutting height of 1/2- to 1-1/2 inches, the mower has 8-1/2-inch diameter high impact, polymer wheels with integral molded tread. It includes a three-spider one-blade reel, an alloy steel reel, a bed knife blade, and an adjustable, three-section roller. The zinc-plated handle has plastic grips for greater comfort. Assembly is required for this unit. To assure a precise, fine cut, each American/Great States feel mower must pass inspection by cutting paper 1/3000-inch thick — much thinner than a blade of grass. The mower weighs 19 pounds and comes with a limited 90-day warranty.

American Lawn Mower Company 1204-14 14-Inch Deluxe Hand Reel Mower Specifications

When it comes to hand-pushed reel mowers, what you want is low cost and high efficiency. That’s what you get with the Great States push reel lawn mower. Though they call it their “Deluxe Hand Reel Mower,” there’s not much that’s deluxe about it, but its simplicity is one of its nice features. When you’re pushing a hand mower, fancy attachments are not what you’re really after. Strength and easy maneuverability are more important, and the simplicity of the hand reel mower design, with its three height adjustment settings, allows you to do the job and get on with your weekend. The alloy steel reel and bed knife blades are sharp and strong, and, though the mower is light enough to carry, it’s got enough heft for proper traction on slick grass. Assembly is easy enough–it doesn’t take more than 10 minutes–and there’s a limited 90-day warranty.

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