One of the most influential components of the lawn mower is the blade. It is common sense to have a good sharp blade which is properly balanced and positioned in the lawn mower to cut grass efficiently; preferably without mowing the area again and again. A cleaner and more even cut is expected of a good blade. This is precisely the reason for taking care of the mower blade by mower owners.
A well taken care mower blade is not only functional at all times but lasts longer. There is more savings if the mower blade is properly maintained. Mower blades manufacturers and professional mower experts would strongly recommend a sharpening of the blade once every 2 months to keep the metal piece in tiptop condition.
The best times to sharpen the blade is before it is put away for storage after use which could be once in a few weeks, according to the mowing schedule by users or owners of the mower.
Process in Sharpening the Blade
Very few tools and little skills are required to sharpen the blade of any lawn mower. Users may find a bench grinder useful for this task; if not, a power tool grinding component would be equally effective.
The market offers many brands of quality sharpening blade tools and grinding attachments which could be purchased off the shelf for a quick execution. Branded names like Dremel offer affordable grinding stone attachments which are extremely useful for sharpening the blade as part of its rotary tools set.
Step 1 – Safety
A very important first step in sharpening the mower blade is to switch off the mower completely. This is to ensure total safety to the user and machine before any part is dismantled. The same principle applies to all types of mowers which could be a push mower or a riding mower.
Step 2 – Disconnections
Another safety feature to appreciate when preparing to sharpen the mower blade is to ensure that the blade is stationary. A moving blade is dangerous where the fingers or hands could be hurt.
When all the mower parts are totally still, users could disconnect the spark plug safely which is another safety component of consideration. Once the spark plug is disconnected from its wire, it should be grounded quickly to avoid any electrical shocks. [Read more…]