The spring season is about to arrive, and you need to equip the tools and items for organizing your lawns and gardens in a perfect manner.
The most important tool among all is your lawn mower, and in order to make sure that it does the job without a glitch, you need to sharpen its blades.
Whether you have a small lawn at your home or you look after a garden, a lawn mower in good condition reduces your workload and helps you in maintaining the grassland and keeping it in good shape.
The only thing a lawn mower needs to work efficiently is sharp blades, and to help you here, we are going to present you some of the effective ways to do it without any harm.
When And How Often Blades Need To Be Sharpened
The question arises here that how you will come to know that you need to sharpen the blades and why does it even matter.
Once you have worked with sharp blades and dull blades, you will automatically have your answers, and for others, blades matter the most in order to cut the grass in a cleaner way and allowing it to grow in the same position.
In the same way, when you notice that the blades are not cutting the grass equivalently, it needs to brush up. You may have noticed that if the grass is not cut in even order, it will get rugged and will give a shredded and burnt appearance.
When talking about how often you need to sharpen it, it mainly depends on the number of times you use it. The more you use it, the earlier you will require to sharpen the blades in order to work efficiently.
Sharpening the Blades
You may be thinking that it requires a number of tools and experience to sharpen the blades; well, it’s not the case, though, with a proper set of tools and expertise, you will do it in a better way. We are here for you if this is your first time or hundredth time.
There are several ways the blades can be refined; the two most effective ones are discussed below.
- Angle Grinder/ Bench Grinder
- Mill Hand File
On the other hand, there are certain things you should do before starting to sharpen the blades regardless of what technique you are using for it.
- Firstly, check your area where you are going to do the process; it should be flat, clean, and open.
- Inspect all the tools and machines properly you are using, make sure that the blades can be polished and it does not need to be replaced.
- Make sure that the mower is turned off, and if it operates on batteries, it is preferred to remove it before performing the process.
- Detach the lawn mower blade so that it gives you more space and a clear view.
Angle Grinder/ Bench Grinder
Using a grinder to sharpen the blades is considered to be the best effective and most comfortable way. It does not take much time to complete the process and is affordable. The grinders are readily available at a low cost.
To perform this task, you need to follow the above-given steps first for safety and effectiveness. The grinder will have its own instructions written on it; it’s better to go through it in order to avoid any inconvenience.
The second important thing you need to do is to adjust the grinding angle in a way that the blade directly touches the edge of it. The angle can be adjusted with the help of nuts and screws.
The only difference between an angle grinder and a bench grinder is that in an angle grinder, you need to fix the position of the blade so that you move the grinder over the blade, while in a bench grinder, you move the blade as the grinder is fixed at a position.
As soon as the grinder is set, you can plug the power cord, and once it reaches to full speed, you need to start sharpening the blades.
Let the cutting edge blade repeatedly touch the grinding wheel until the dull spots are eliminated and you feel that the blade is sharp. Make sure that the lawn mower blade is not razor-sharp in order to avoid any incident.
Switch off the grinder and check your blade if it is adequately sharped or not. Repeat the process unless you are satisfied.
Mill Hand File
To sharpen the blades with this method, you need a hand of tools, rags, and a Mill bastard file. In the same way as above, follow all the safety rules and procedures and take precautionary measures as required.
For sharpening blades with a mill bastard file, it is recommended that you remove the blade from the mower so that you can work it on efficiently.
Before starting, make sure that the spark plus is not attached to the plug, and as you detach the blades, it is preferred to mark it with a pointer or something so that you reinstall it in a correct position.
To sharpen the blades with a file, you need to place the blades in a fixed position, and you cannot hold them in your hands.
Therefore, it is endorsed that you use secure clamp tools such as vise and place the blades in it to work with it.
Now you can easily use the hand file to sharpen the blades. Take extra care of proper fling angle and direction for a smooth and effective process.
Stop it once you feel that the blades are properly sharped. Reinstall it using the tools.
Balancing the blade
The most crucial factor people often ignore is the balance of the blade. If the blade is not balanced accurately, it will disturb the working of the mower, will create vibration, and will destroy bearings and the engine of the machine, making it ineffective.
To check the balance, you can hang the blade on a nail, or you can use the blade balancer; any way you feel comfortable with is right until and unless the balance is achieved.