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Old 05-01-2020, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for that video! The PC planer was the best but the spiral cutter was expensive to replace. I've never seen the sharpening attachment and I've been a carpenter for 50 years. Used PC planers sell for what they sold for new around here. With a good cutter you can't get a better finish on a door edge.
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Old 05-03-2020, 03:35 AM
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Try looking in the old Popular Mechanics magazines on google books. I'm not positive but, I think I remember seeing something many years ago. I'm talking between 70 to 90 years ago. Back when everybody and his brother-in-law had a reel mower.

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Old 05-03-2020, 09:53 AM
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I seem to remember truing the reels in a lathe, making sure the cutter bar was straight and using valve grinding compound to lap them together. It might be a slow way to do it, but if you don't have a machine that does it, at least it will get done.
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Popular Mechanics Shop Notes in 1908 and 1911 recommend similar sharpening techniques. Basically, remove the outer drive wheels, reverse the driving pinions, a mixture of oil and cutting (think valve grinding compound) paste on the cutting bar, turn the reel either by hand or pushing the mower on the ground. The reel blades will sharpen themselves on the cutting bar. Reverse the pinion and wheels to original configuration.
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Old 05-06-2020, 02:28 PM
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Popular Mechanics Shop Notes in 1908 and 1911 recommend similar sharpening techniques. Basically, remove the outer drive wheels, reverse the driving pinions, a mixture of oil and cutting (think valve grinding compound) paste on the cutting bar, turn the reel either by hand or pushing the mower on the ground. The reel blades will sharpen themselves on the cutting bar. Reverse the pinion and wheels to original configuration.
I've tried the VGC before and all you do is wipe the cutter bar clean in about one revolution. Seems mowers are very good at evacuating anything that gets in between the blade and the bar. Sloppy way to do it AFAIC, but many swear by lapping a couple times before doing a proper sharpening.
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