Swardman Reel Mower Questions

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Mok » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:46 pm

How’s it feel to stripe the lawn?
Lot-A-Sap wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Hello everyone. My first post here.
I’ve been lurking and learning for about a year here. I received my Edwin 2.0 today. 55cm, 6 blade, red brown, transport wheels and dethatcher with the Briggs engine. Lee was great at Reel Rollers. Very fast shipping. Ordered Tuesday at 5pm it showed up today about noon.
From what I understand the Briggs engine meets the California emissions standards and runs on the ethanol mix we have in the states.
Didn’t get a chance to do a full mow but got the side yard done. It took a bit of getting used to but I got the hang of it after a couple passes. Very fun to mow with!
The engine fired right up (1st pull) ran smooth. Nothing negative to report on the engine at all.
I’ve been using a rotary at a bench of 1.5” I ran the Edwin at about 7/8”. The yard needs a bit of work still but this mower is definitely going to allow me to up my game.


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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Lot-A-Sap » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:47 pm

@Shindoman Thank you!

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Lot-A-Sap » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:49 pm

bbbdkc79 wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:23 pm
If your hash tag is a reference to Christmas Vacation, I love it. Best of luck with the mower. Keep us posted on how the B&S performs. I have the Kawasaki.
🤣
It is and thank you I will.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Lot-A-Sap » Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:52 pm

@Mok it felt good!
I was actually a bit surprised that it did at all. It’s hard to tell in the pic I took but it actually did put down decent strips.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Mok » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:04 pm

Yeah! Now you just gotta get em straight!
Hey how come when I cut 1” with my toro rotary and striper kit it doesn’t stripe as nice with a swardman mower?
Lot-A-Sap wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:52 pm
@Mok it felt good!
I was actually a bit surprised that it did at all. It’s hard to tell in the pic I took but it actually did put down decent strips.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Lot-A-Sap » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:14 pm

Mok wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:04 pm
Yeah! Now you just gotta get em straight!
Hey how come when I cut 1” with my toro rotary and striper kit it doesn’t stripe as nice with a swardman mower?
Lot-A-Sap wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:52 pm
@Mok it felt good!
I was actually a bit surprised that it did at all. It’s hard to tell in the pic I took but it actually did put down decent strips.
I was out there bob’n and weav’n 🤣

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Lot-A-Sap » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:18 pm

Something I forgot to mention in my original post was in reference to the HOC gauge. There was a post a while back mentioning the imperial scale and the markings didn’t make sense. I’m happy to report they did in fact go with 1/16” graduations between 0” and 1”

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:46 pm

Made the plunge . About to test it. Cut paper along the entire blade right out of the crate.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Mok » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:51 pm

Wow that’s a lot of square footage! Double if not triple stripe for the win!

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:45 pm

Practiced cutting in the field on some common Bermuda that I normally cut with a 72 inch Zero turn at 2 inches.
Totally native grass with no topdressing, no fertilizer etc. I ride tractors and an F 350 over this ground daily.
This Swardman machine is a beast. I took it from 2 inches down to one and didn’t use the grass catcher due to the amount of grass. Nice clean cut. Don’t yell at me too much for being this aggressive but I wanted to see what this thing can do. The machine takes some getting use to but never hit bare dirt despite my novice skills with it. The grass was wet also. The metal drum was still able to push the mower well in this.
It will all be green in 5 days.

I have Tiffway sod by the pool and Jamur in the front of the house which is why I bought the Swardman. Just wanted to get used to the machine before I used it on my lawn. Overall I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s my first reel mower. Looked around at all the other manufacturers and this thing just had it all. Using the smooth roller for now but will swap it out soon.


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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:51 pm

Mok wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:51 pm
Wow that’s a lot of square footage! Double if not triple stripe for the win!
Good idea!

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Killbuzz » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:45 pm

Anyone try to back lap their Swardman yet? I just scalped my front and my reel is dull.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by Oceanus » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:25 pm

Please consider adding you purchases to the new Mower Purchase List 3000

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:13 am

Done. Thanks

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:24 am

The grooved roller looks to be a cnc machined alloy with an integrated sealed bearing. Nice and solid feeling. Here’s some other pics of the blade.
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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:28 am

Screws loose on both sides of the reel cartridge. Not sure if this is on purpose for shipping or not but be sure to tighten them up. On the left you have to pull off the magnetic cover to access it.
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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:31 am

smarchandiv wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:28 am
Screws loose on both sides of the reel cartridge. Not sure if this is on purpose for shipping or not but be sure to tighten them up. On the left you have to pull off the magnetic cover to access it.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:33 am

Screws loose on both sides of the reel cartridge. Not sure if this is on purpose for shipping or not but be sure to tighten them up. On the left you have to pull off the magnetic cover to access


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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by WSTIOP » Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:05 pm

Kilbuzz, Swardman reels come with a straight grind, which can't be backlapped. It needs a relief grind in order to be backlapped. ReelRollers will put a relief on the blades if you send it to them for sharpening.

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Re: Swardman Reel Mower Questions

Post by smarchandiv » Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:06 pm

Does the straight grind stay sharper longer? Why are they built like this if everyone likes to backlap? Must be a reason. I see Swardman offers a backlap kit but mentions it’s only for relief grind blades.

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