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Step-by-Step Basic Lawnmower Blade Sharpening
#1 The first step of course is removing the blade, which can be quite
difficult.
A good way to start is to squirt some Kroil, WD-40, or penetrating oil
on the blade bolt and nut and let it stand for a few minutes.
#2 While you are waiting for the spray/oil to penetrate, pull the spark
plug wire to make sure the mower does not accidentally start.
Proffesionals would reccommend that you never work on your mower
with the spark plug installed because the engine can start
unexpectedly, this is especially true when removing the blade as you
can easily turn the engine.
#3 Block the blade so that it does not turn while you are removing the
blade nut. Aneasy way to do this is to use a clamp a block of wood on
the inside of the deck with a C-clamp.
#4 Once the blade is removed, use a scraper, wire brush, or steel wool to remove any grass build up from it. This will
enable you to balance the blade properly when finished sharpening.
#5 The primary goal in sharpening your blade is to maintain
the correct angle. Manufacturers perform hours of testing to
determine the angle that will give the user the best cut with
the longest span of time between sharpening. It's important to
keep the angle as it was intended. Around 40 - 45 degrees as
is shown in the diagram is typical. A narrower angle, such as
that of a pocketknife, will cut well initially, but will dull quickly
and nick easily. On the other hand, a blade with a less severe
angle will not provide the same quality of cut, even though it
might wear more slowly.
As you sharpen, move the blade back and forth across the
grinder, maintaining the proper angle until you get the edge
you need. Do not force the blade into the grinder. Forcing the
blade to grind faster heats the blade and will cause the metal
to lose its temper.
It is not necessary to grind a blade until all nicks are out. Grind until you have a sharp edge on the blade in the area
where there are no nicks. A blade with numerous nicks should be replaced, but a few can be tolerated.
#6 Try to grind both edges of the blade evenly, removing the same amount of
metal from both ends. This is important when you check the balance. An easy
way to check the balance of your blade is to hang it on a screw or nail on the
wall. Make sure that the blade is level; not one side hanging lower than the
other. An out-of-balance or bent blade can cause severe vibration and
damage to your equipment. You can balance a blade by grinding just a little
more metal off the heavy end of the blade. However, never try to straighten a
severely bent blade. Straightening it could cause a weakened or cracked
blade. A cracked blade could break apart when turning at high RPM under the
deck. The potential liability or injury is not worth the cost of a replacement
blade.
Once you have finished balancing the blade and checking it for straightness, clean any burrs or jagged edges with a
metal file. Now it's time to put the blade back on the mower deck. Remember you now have a very sharp blade. Use
extreme caution when installing.


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