Dagnabit! Who knows what will turn up next on those newfangled intertubes??
Thanks for the referral to those web sites. I had no idea that such things as
sharpening compounds existed. I figured it'd require clamping the reel and filing each
curved blade, which was more than I was willing to take on as a do-it-myself project.
The reelmowers page in particular was detailed and worked perfectly with my Great States
If anyone else out there is contemplating this task, I ended up needing two
flathead screwdrivers (one large, one small), some paper towels, and maybe two teaspoonfuls
of this sharpening compound stuff. Lowe's didn't have the sharpening compound but Schuck's
(Rainier and McClellan) did, two pots for $15—enough to last for a long time to come.
I did just fine without the crank dealie that comes with "sharpening kits" for sale online at $30 or so.
It took about half an hour all told, and that included several trips into and out of the house to find the
darn screwdrivers. Definitely a do-able task for someone with a little time on their hands and some
I still think that there could be an opportunity for a little side business here, if anyone is willing to go
for it. As it happens, I had a little free time, the confidence to try it, and the willingness to get my hands
dirty. Other times I don't and I would be more than happy to pay someone $20 or so for their efforts.
I'm sure I'm not alone!