Changing a Lawnmower
Sharpening your lawn mower blade is an easy do-it-yourself project. I sharpen my blade at the beginning of Spring and again mid-summer. Often times if my son hits a rock I have to sharpen it sooner.
A good way to tell if your blade is no longer sharp is to take a look at the grass after you have mowed it. If the tops of the grass blades are ragged, uneven or torn, then your blade is dull. If the grass has a nice clean cut, you don’t need to sharpen it yet.
Removing the blade to sharpen it can easily be accomplished with the steps outlined below.
How to Change A Lawnmower Blade
2. Tilt the more on its side, gas tank down to keep gas from leaking into the motor or muffler area.
Gas does leak out so do this in an area where the gas will not cause damage. Sometime I unscrew the gas cap and put a piece of saran wrap over the gas tank opening and then apply the cap over the saran wrap. This keeps the gas from leaking out.
Another method is to siphon all the gas from the gas tank before turning unit over.
3. Remove any debris from the lawnmower deck area. Brush away any grass clippings, twigs or obstructions from the drive belts and deck top.
4. Place a block of scrap wood between the mowing deck and the tip of the lawnmower blade. This will stop the blade from turning when removing the bolt or nut.
5. Use the correct size socket or wrench to loosen the blade retaining bolt. Slowly and carefully remove the blade from the spindle
7. Fine tune the blades edge with a mill file. I use a diagonal, forward and back motion with the file to get a super sharp edge. Try to remove equal amounts of metal from both sides of the blade.
8. Install the sharp blade over the spindle and return the bolt to the spindle screw. Tighten the bolt or nut to specified torque requirements in the owner’s manual of the lawnmower.
9. Place the mower upright, remove anything blocking the gas cap and attach the spark plug wire.