Last Wednesday Steve and Jay had to jump one of the fairway mowers to get it started and pull it in the shop. They pulled off the reels so I could get started sharpening them. The first thing you do is to get them “grinder ready”. That means take off the back roller and bedknife and check the bearings to make sure they are good enough to make it a full season. Since we have not worked on these reels in three seasons because of money they are not. Well one reel we knew had a blown bearing and the bedknife had to be replaced. The other four bedknives should get through this year. When Jim was breaking them down…all of the bearings are worn out. So tomorrow our new bearings and seals should be arriving from Arizona.
But in the meantime…we put on a new bedknife. I sharpened all of the top faces after resetting the grinder. And now I have 3 of 5 bedknives completed. Tomorrow I will be able to finish the last two. Once the reels are put back together and are “grinder ready” I will start the process of spin grinding and relief grinding to get them sharpened to start the cutting season.
Mark Novotny CGCS