Sharpening lawn mower blades is always a great idea. The seasoned gardener (or grass cutter) will soon realize how much more time and money they save if their lawnmower is up to par to the task at hand. Are your lawn mower blades sharp?
Sharpening lawn mower blades doesn't have to be difficult. Make sure your lawnmower is devoid of fuel (or not plugged in.) A safe thing to do for petrol engines will be to remove the plugs before you continue. Be sure to have a block, or stopper, so the blade you'll be sharpening isn't moving around, and stable. Of course the best idea when sharpening lawn mower blades is to remove them and work on them from a workbench, or even a solid piece of ground.
Although home repair shops, skate sharpening or sharpening salesmen are helpful (they have automatic sharpening tools), you can do the job yourself. The price of a simple whetstone is all you need, and a good 20 minutes with human dexterity and perseverance.
Apply the whetstone not too harshly in a circular motion, 10 degrees perpendicular towards the edge of the blade. This process shouldn't be too physically demanding.
Sharpening lawn mower blades is a good, healthy endeavor on the usefulness and longevity of your lawnmower. Sometimes, the blade is bent, and it's cheaper and safer to get a new one. Either way, with a little effort, sharpening lawn mower blades will save you money and time.
Sharpening a reel lawn mower blade is a bit different, and involves using a reverse rotation system of the wheel and reel system.
Whether you intend to sharpen a rotary lawn mower or a reel lawn mower, getting a Mower Sharpening Kit would help a great deal. These kits usually come with clear instructions on the process of sharpening.