How To Sharpen Lawn Mower Blades
Lawn mowers can really take a beating during the growing season, so keeping them in excellent running condition is important.
The good thing is that many simple maintenance chores you can do yourself; such as keeping fresh gas in the tank, checking the oil and air filter, scrubbing off accumulated dirt, grease or clippings, and of course, keeping the mower blade clean and sharp.
We want a sharp blade to make a nice clean cut, and to cut well, most rotary mower blades should be sharpened about once a month.
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 and torn looking, then your blade is dull. If the grass has a nice clean cut, you are fine and don't need to sharpen anything yet.
Sharpening the blade isn't hard to do, plus it also saves time. Leaving your mower at the mower repair shop during the busy season can sometimes mean leaving your mower for a week or more.
So in the essence of time, here's how to sharpen lawn mower blades yourself:
- Make sure the mower is turned off, and you should disconnect the spark plug.
down to the point where the metal has a nice smooth edge. Even out the rough spots until isn't pitted anymore. Just follow the angle for the edge that is already there.
Once you have gone through this whole process once, you will see it is fast, easy, and your lawn will thank you by looking really good after you mow it.
Hilary Rinaldi is a professional landscaper who has written for gardening publications such as "Seed Trade News" and "Houseplant Magazine". She also has been a professional public speaker and educator in the gardening industry for over 20 years sharing gardening information and tips to as many people as she can.
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