How to change lawn mower blades

Step-by-step How to change lawn mower blades

How to change lawn mower blades: Lawn mowers are generally seen around those household owners who are fascinated about maintaining a beautiful yard, or lawn. These machines are basically a cutting tool, which has one or more revolving blades that cut lawn grass surface well to an even height. However, if you are observing missed patches after cutting the grass, which you mowed over perfectly, then you must know that your mower isn’t cutting it well anymore. The reason behind that is, the mower blades wear out with regular, or heavy-duty use and required to be changed for efficient performance.

When the lawn mower blades on your lawn mower become dismal, your mower engine has to work harder to cut the grass. Consequently, additional power requirements put on an extra bit of pressure to the machine and the engine always stays under added stress, as a result, the engine needs more fuel, overheating or becoming damaged within no time can happen. For this reason, it is very important to make sure that your lawn mower blades are in good working condition all times unless the entire machine is out of date. 

So, I think you guys have understood why we are discussing this topic, if you don’t, then let us be clear. In this article, we are going to give a proper guideline on, How to change lawn mower blades. Knowing this procedure is very important to maintain the good health of your lawn mower. Besides, if you don’t have enough time to take your machine for repair, you can do it on your own. As we always do, the whole process will be shown in a few steps, it will easily help you guys to understand what the entire procedure is. We think we are done with talking, let us begin. 

How to change lawn mower blades: (User Guideline)

We always recommend reading the user guide before doing any kind of repairing works with these types of machines. The reason behind that is the user manual lets us know about the machine and its characteristics. So, before your get started read the book first, for your own betterment. After you are done jump into the bellow steps. 

Step 1: Make sure the power source disconnect

As these machines are dangerous enough to hurt. Make sure the power source is out of power. Start eliminating the spark plug cable from the spark plug. It will make sure that no power will be carried to the engine while you are doing the task. 

Step 2: Next thing is to drain the fuel

Next, we will suggest draining the remaining fuel that you have in the tank of your lawn mower. When you are done draining, don’t forget to close off the fuel supply tap. Doing this will help to avoid any undesirable fuel falls and makes the entire task a quick and easy one. It is better to store the fuel safely far away from where you are working, store it in a sealed container. 

Step 3: Inspect and loosen the blade bolt on your lawn mower

The very next thing is, reverse the lawn mower safely, wearing gloves and glasses. You will see the blades are in front of you, and those are tightened with a bolt in the middle portion. To change the lawn mower blades, you have to remove them first and for that, you have to loosen that bolt. Begin to loosen the blade bolt by turning it counter-clockwise. These bolts can vary and they can be several in numbers as well, depending on the type of lawn mower that you have. Sometimes you may or may not have special washers attached to them. Never misplace those washers if it has, because for tightening the blades you will need them. 

Step 4 – Remove the old & Replace with the new blade

It is time for you to remove the old blades, but before doing that inspect all the blades for any damage. If there are signs of damage, cracks, or dents on the lawn mower blade, you have to replace it. For installing new blades, you need to determine the direction of the new blades facing the direction of rotation. Spare blade for push mowers is commonly available in a few dollars at most hardware stores, so if the blades are particularly worn out, replacing them is the best option instead of sharpening them. Whatever, it is up to you. 

Some mowers come with a bottom cap, where two shorter separate blades are attached, on the other hand, some push mowers have a single long blade. Regarding the model, you have to inspect and find the replacement blades. After you find the specific lawn mower blades, make sure the upper portion where the writing is seen, it can be just the brand name of the blade or any other writing, it has to be facing toward the deck and that the star on the mandrel has to be aligned with the center hole on the mower blade.

After you position the blade, you have to ensure the balance of the blade once more, before you start tightening it into position. An unstable blade can cause penetrating vibrations that can lead to destruction occurring to the mower deck and motor.

Step 5: Tighten the Bolt

The last thing you have to do is, place the blade bolt into the center hole and then tighten it. Depending on your mower model it is significant to check bolt terms for tightening. You have to ensure it is not over or under torqued. Never try to force the lawn mower blades bolt while tightening it as this could cause the center hole to grow small cracks that will degrade over time. 

Now just refill the fuel and power up the mower. This was the procedure for changing lawn mower blades. Always wear personal protection equipment before you start this type of task. I hope this article will help you all to change the lawn mower blades on your own, and save your time and extra money as well.

Thanks for reading. 

Abraham M. Johnson
 

Abraham is a professional gardener and his hobby is indoor and outdoor gardening! He has been gardening for the last 5 years and he loves to decorate the home by gardening as well. Based on his experience with different types of gardens; he is sharing his thought and opinion about various gardens care tips and tools so that a beginner can get started right away. Find him on twitter here. Happy reading!

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