As a standard we apply a water based (figure that
one) waterproofing sealant to the lower twenty inches of the snath
before shipping. It is important to apply a sealant to the snath,
at least the lower twenty inches. This keeps moisture from the grass,
picked up when mowing, from soaking into the wood. The moisture
may cause the snath to deflect and change the angle the blade meets
the ground making your mowing difficult. Another, more likely problem
is the moisture will cause the snath to swell inside the ring that
holds the blade on. There is little room inside the ring to allow
the wood to expand. Something has to give and the result will be
a cracked snath inside the ring. Regardless of waterproofing, always
slack off a bit on the ring‘s set screws after mowing. This
will give the wood some room to grow into. You may have to do this
while mowing if the grass is very wet.
If you would rather use your own sealant, please let us know when
you place your order and we will not apply a sealant at our shop.
Use the comment section of our order form for any notes.
If you do not have your own special sealant, we recommend a solution
of 50% turpentine and 50% boiled linseed oil (both are available
at hardware stores). This is an excellent waterproof. Brush it on
the full length of the snath. A single application along the shaft
of snath should be sufficient. Allow the sealant to dry then rub
the snath down with a rag..
It will take several applications for the sealant to soak deep
into the snath’s end grain. If the end grain is not well sealed
it will wick moisture into the wood. Apply the sealant to the end
grain with a brush. Another method is to stand the snath in a narrow
container with 3 or 4 inches of sealant. Leave the snath for an
hour or two and the end grain will draw the liquid into the snath.
Remove and rub the excess off with a rag. Dispose of oil soaked
rags carefully as they are a fire hazard. Follow the directions
and cautions on the turpentine and linseed oil cans.
Apply new waterproofing at the end and/or beginning of each mowing
Do Not apply waterproofing to the handles (grips) on the snath.
The applied sealant will wear off onto and into your hands and may
cause irritation. Over time, the natural oils from your hands will
work into the grips and seal them.
We do not recommend varnishing the snath as it takes several coats
to seal the wood properly. The procedure is tedious and unnecessary.
It will not do as good a job as the 50/50 turpentine and boiled
linseed oil mixture.