Do you love to make your lawn look tidy and clean? You know a lawn mower is an integral part of your daily life to do that. Nevertheless, a lawn mower merely does that when the blades are in good condition.
When the blade is damaged it becomes imbalanced. A damaged and imbalanced blade loses its ability to keep all the grass the same size.
So, what can you do now? Obviously, it becomes a crying need to balance your mower blade to give it proper functionality.
How do you do that?. Do you have any idea on how to balance lawn mower blades?
No need to worry. You will get a possible solution from this article.
Let’s get started without delay.
What Should You Do To Balance Lawn Mower Blades
First, you should keep in mind that without sharpening the lawn mower blade, you can’t balance it. In fact, if your lawn is full of rocks and pebbles, it can easily damage the mower blades.
You need to sharpen the blades at least one time per year. But if you are a regular user of lawnmower then you need to sharpen the blades twice or thrice a year.
First thing first, before starting the balance work, you need to focus on the required tools. These tools will help you a lot in sharpening and balancing the blades. Now, let’s have a look at these tools.
- A socket wrench
- A flat file
- A blade holder
- A screwdriver
- Hand gloves
Ok. Now you are ready to start the whole process.
Steps to follow:
Step 1: Take your lawn mower to a flat surface. It will make your task facile and comfortable.
Step 2: Disconnect the power cable from the battery. When you this, the lawn mower will not suddenly turn on.
Step 3: Now turn the lawn mower upside down. You will see the blades attach to the lower part of the lawn mower.
Step 4: Take the socket wrench. Hold the blade in one hand and turn the socket wrench counterclockwise and bring out the screw with the other hand. After that, store it in a safe place for reinstallation.
Step 5: Now remove the blade from lawn mower and inspect the damage.
Step 6: If there is any damage in the blade you need to fix it. Place the blade into a blade holder. Tighten the screws of the blade holder. It will prevent the blade from coming out when sharpening.
Step 7: Take a flat-file and sharpen both ends of the blades. Always sharp the blade side. Do not sharp the bottom side of the blade. Try to remove the equal amount of metals from both blade sides. This will keep the blade well balanced.
Step 8: When both ends of the blade become sharpen, bring out the blade from the blade holder.
Step 9: Now, its time to check the blade balance. Take a screwdriver and place it in the center hole of the blade. It is a handy process to check the balance of the blade.
If the blade is properly balanced, it will produce a 180-degree angle. Whether the blade is not properly balanced, it will tilt in the heavier side.
Step 10: If one side of the blade is heavy, use the flat file again to bring both sides to parity.
Step 11: Again check the balance of the blade using the screwdriver. When both sides remain in equal position at an angle of 180 degrees, the blade is ready to be re-positioned.
Step 12: Place the blade into its position. Hold the blade carefully with one hand. Use the socket wrench by another hand to tighten the screw.
Step 13: Straighten the lawnmower from the reverse position.
Done! Now your lawn mower is ready to cut all the grass in the same shape.
- Wear hand gloves and google for safety purposes.
- Keep your hands in a safe position when working with blades.
- Carefully move the lawn mower to avoid any kind of unwanted accidents.
Balancing a lawn mower is not quite a tough task be sure. And without sharpening, you won’t able to balance the blade.
You can do this balancing work at home by yourself. You even don’t need to call any mechanic. And of course, it will save your expenses.
Now, it’s your turn. I hope this article has given you the proper guidelines on how to balance lawn mower blades.
But keep in mind, always try to keep your lawn free from rocks and pebbles when operating lawn mower. It will save the blade from being damaged.