The lawn mower blade is a neglected lawn mower part amongst casual lawn mower users. It is not uncommon for people to fall into the trap of forgetting to change or properly maintain their lawn mower blades, and then (surprise, surprise) they are shocked when their lawn mower offers up subpar performance! In this post, we review the benefits of a sharp lawn mower blade and offer up some tips for changing your existing blade.
If you mow your lawn on a weekly basis, you should be sharpening it twice a season. Not only will this result in improved performance, but you will cut down your mowing time substantially. A sharp mower blade will in turn cut your blades of grass more cleanly. A regularly sharpened blade will place less strain on your mower; meanwhile, a dull blade rips and thrashes at the blades of grass, weakening the grass and often resulting in fungal growth or (worse) disease to your grass. When it does come time to change your lawn mower blade, you can have your lawn care store order them directly from the manufacturer.
Changing your lawn mower blades is really an efficient procedure that only takes about 10 minutes in total. Some helpful tips include: make sure to remove the sparkplug, as you don’t want to injure yourself! Another often important tip is to make sure that you don’t install the blade upside down—all too often, people will do this and then wonder why their blade no longer functions. You should sharpen the blade with a file in order to get a clean finish; at the same time, make sure that you don’t make the blade too sharp, as this will make it get dull more quickly. Finally, you don’t want a bent blade, so make sure that you balance the blade before you reinstall it.