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|Silent Cut 21 SW Reel Mower|
Solidly made Reel Mower - Cuts as low as 1/4 inch!
The same great mower as the Silent Cut 21, but with 9" wheels for cutting heights from .25 to 2.25 inches. Ideal for mowing Bermuda, Zoysia, and other bent grass or bumpy lawns because it hugs the ground with the added weight for nice even cut. Features an easy height adjustment and quiet contact design. You may purchase an option grass catcher and sharpening kit. The do-it-yourself sharpening will need to be done about once every 2 or more years.
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Ships ready to mow: Our Amish supplier sharpens, lubricates and adjusts each reel mower before shipping - assemble, attach handle then mow!
Silent Cut 21 SW Reel Mower Info
Please tell me the difference between a 7 blade reel mower and a 5 blade reel mower. Are they used for different grasses or for different purposes?
The five blade mowers are used for upright grasses. The seven blade mowers are used for common Bermuda, zoysia, centipede and other common bent grasses. If your bent grass lawn is extremely thick, a five blade mower will be much easier to push. Six bladed mowers can mow any type of grass.
Will I have to assemble my new reel mower?
All you have to do is attach the handles. This requires from 3 - 7 nuts and bolts, depending on the model.
How often do reel mowers need sharpening?
That depends on many factors: size of lawn, frequency of use, exposure to moisture, condition of lawn, whether or not the mower is cleaned after each use and how particular the customer is about the sharpness.
Manufacturers estimates run the gamut from one to eight years. Each manufacturer estimates the length of time before sharpening based on feedback from their customers, and some tend to estimate more conservatively than others. Some customers will find they need to sharpen more or less often than the manufacturers estimate. Since some mowers tend to attract customers with small well-manicured lawns, while others may appeal to customers with larger or rougher lawns, the estimate is not necessarily a true measure of the quality of the mower's blades.
You can help maintain the sharp edge by keeping the both the reel and the bedknife blades clean, dry and well-coated with WD40, silicone spray or other lubricant, storing it in a dry location and keeping the lawn free of twigs, stones or other obstacles that can damage the blades.
How does one sharpen a reel mower?
Reel mowers are sharpened by "backlapping" - first you apply a sharpening compound to the blades, then you crank the reel backwards using a crank handle that comes with the kit that is available for some of our reel mowers. The compound rubs between the reel blades and the fixed blade at the bottom, sharpening both.
How hard are reel mowers to push?
Although some mowers are more difficult to push than others, all of our mowers are reasonably easy to push when used properly, which means you have chosen the appropriate mower for your lawn, you mow frequently, so that only one third of the blade of grass is being mowed at a time, you keep the mower lubricated and sharpened.
Reel mowers cut like a pair of scissors so they can only cut what gets caught between the blades. If the grass gets too tall, it will be pushed to the ground and hacked up in an uneven fashion. In order to recover from over-grown grass, it is usually possible to go over it twice, then mow again in a couple of days. Sometimes a rotary mower or weed whacker may be used to bring the grass down to a better cutting height.
If your mower is difficult to push on a flat surface, such as cement, it may mean that it was jarred out of adjustment or damaged in shipping. Please check the owner's manual, then call us if you need further assistance. If you find your mower was damaged in shipping, please file a claim with the shipper. It is important that you inspect the box for damage before accepting your shipment, and ask the driver what you must do if you suspect the contents may have been damaged in shipping.
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