All About Lawn Mower Blades

The condition of lawn mower blades has as much to do with the quality of the cut as the health of the lawn.

A dull blade will tear the grass rather than cut it clean. Torn grass is susceptible to fungus, diseases, insect infestation, as well as stressing the lawn.

Sharp blades are a necessity. This can be done yourself with a simple grinding stone. Or pay a local machine shop to do it for you.

Checking the balance of the blade is also very important. Unbalanced blades cause vibration and premature wear of your lawn mower. They will make your stripes look bad too.

Don’t bother trying to straighten a badly bent blade or use a cracked blade. Just replace it. Blades are cheap and it isn’t worth damaging your mower or lawn.

After market blades are cheaper and just as good as the manufacturers. We are talking strips of metal, not some high tech piece of equipment.

I’d recommend sharpening your blades after every 8 hours of use.

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