Blades and bed knife
All is sharp on my reel mower, perhaps even keener than the day it was new, decades ago. Thanks to Austin Outdoor Power Equipment, the blades on the reel and the knife itself are better than ever. It’s become so that “push mower” now seems to mean “non-self-propelled power mower” instead of “non-power mower.” My faithful lawnmower has left dullness behind. I found Austin Outdoor Power Equipment via the Jane Greig Q&A column in our local daily (June 18, 2006; sign-in required). The price printed in the column was obviously way, way too good to be true and there had obviously been other misunderstandings, but Austin Outdoor Power Equipment does indeed do the necessary sharpening, with real (or reel) care, including the bed knife, and for a worth-it $30 and in less than a week. Although some of their many customers with heavy-duty professional equipment appeared to be suppressing a smile or two when they saw my trusty old mower, to their credit the fine folks at Austin Outdoor Power didn’t laugh at me. I know that more and more people are discovering the pleasures and ease of using an old-fashioned hand mower but are flummoxed when the time comes for sharpening. This is why I’m extolling the excellent work at Austin Outdoor Power. Thanks for the crisp-cut, not torn, St. Augustine blades, and thanks for extending the useful life of my mower!