I have a Brill Luxus 38 reel mower that has been in storage for about 11 years. I've cleaned it up, lubed with silicone spray, sharpened the blades and adjusted the bar the blades cut against, but after all that it still jams immediately. It cuts a handful of grass and then stops. The grass was just cut today with an electric mower, so it shouldn't be too long. Both mowers are on their highest setting but the Brill's highest is lower than the electric one's highest, so there is still grass to cut.
What else can I do to get this working? Thanks in advance!
Answers to questions asked in a comment:
I adjusted it using a piece of paper, since the original gauge is long gone. This is what the company I bought it from recommends (Clean Air Gardening). I also tried just tightening the bar until the blades caught on it and then backing off just a little so they just cleared.
It didn't cut enough grass to say if there are anomalies; it jammed very quickly.
I sharpened the blade using a sharpening kit sold for this mower by Clean Air Gardening. It has a metal piece that attaches to the cutting bar which holds sandpaper against the blades. I got it so the edges of the blade are mostly shiny and clean, which is what the instructions say to do.
There isn't any damage that I have noticed. I can post pictures if that would help.
I think that's all the questions - thanks!
There is a question about the type of grass - it's this "dog park mix": https://ptlawnseed.com/collections/eco-and-alternative-lawns/products/pt-767-dog-park-eco-turf-mix
It is described as "Premium Turf-type Tall Fescue varieties and Microclover® provide wear and drought tolerance. The tall fescue's rhizomatous ‘self-repairing’ growth pattern and Microclover's salt tolerance counter effects of pet urine. A bit of vigorous perennial ryegrass rounds out the mix."
My lawn is far more grass than Microclover, and is sadly not proving to be very tolerant of dog pee. I only have one dog and there are brown circles everywhere. I have started following him out with a watering can and diluting the urine as soon as he's done peeing, which he finds very puzzling.
Here are some pictures of the mower - let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see:
Overall view of the blades and cutting bar:
Where the cutting bar meets the blades on the right side:
Where the cutting bar meets the blades on the left side:
The blades spinning (I can't upload a video, hopefully Dropbox links work better):