Reel mower

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1. a mower with multiple blades mounted on a cylinder. The blades cut against a bar. It makes precise cuts and is ideal for lower mowing heights. The blades require professional sharpening. These mowers are safer to use than rotary mowers.
2. A mower that shears the grass between a blade on a spinning reel and a bedknife at the base of the cutting unit. See also Flail mower, Rotary mower, and Triplex.

reel01.jpg

Image of a reel mower.
Source: http://www.trupower.com

FIG_ReelMower_01_large.gif

This image shows the components of a standard reel mower.
Source: http://www.bobvila.com/FixItClub/Task/Maintaining/FIG_ReelMower.html