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Old 07-16-2009, 01:34 PM
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Well you have to take them to a place that sharpens them You can backlap them at home, but grinding requires special tools. You cant always backlap so grinding is necessary.
N/M I didn't read the rest of your post....
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:57 PM
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N/M I didn't read the rest of your post....
I edit my posts quite a bit and that happens from time to time!

If you are sharpening one of those 3 gang ride on reels this price is going to go up. Maybe DaveK (friend across town and on here) will chime in and he can give you an estimate on the costs for those.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:31 PM
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I see ads on CL for free pick up for sharpening reel mowers for $85. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. However, what does it cost to REPLACE a blade and how often does that happen?
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:59 PM
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There are two things that need to be replaced on a reel. The bedknife at the bottom of the mower, which starts at around $100 and the reel which is about $300 plus. Both of those pieces last many years unless the machine is used commercially and being reground many times a year. Other time a reel and knife must be replaced is if they are bent or deeply chipped by hitting a hard object. Worst I have seen is when a 7 blade Tru-Cut P27 hit drywall screws left in the grass. Small gravel is not nearly as bad.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:17 PM
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I see ads on CL for free pick up for sharpening reel mowers for $85. Sounds pretty reasonable to me. However, what does it cost to REPLACE a blade and how often does that happen?
For a homeowner a reel will last a lifetime...or the lifetime of the mower, a bed knife for a TruCut is about $30. Grinding is about $85, back lapping is about $55.
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