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Old 03-14-2020, 09:15 AM   #1
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On "In The Garden" Ron Wilson, the host stated that the lawn mower blade should be sharpened and balanced three times a year. All these years I've been doing it wrong and will continue to do so as this sounds idiotic unless my lawn is maybe 10 acres.

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I know of no one, including professionals, who "balance" mower blades. And they sharpen "as needed."

If one is mowing multiple lawns in widely varying condition, I can imagine needing to sharpen a mower blade somewhat frequently. But I sharpen mine once per season unless something really exceptional happens.

And I've never, ever heard of balancing a mower blade, nor seen any mechanism for doing so on any lawn mower I've ever used or owned (None of which are modern, zero-turn models, but which did include a vintage Gravely).
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I put ~50 hours a year on my mower and sharpen blades as needed. When the coarser blades of grass aren't cut cleanly I sharpen the blades (60" mower deck = 3 blades). If the tops of the blades of grass turn brown and look ragged it's time to sharpen. I do a quick check on balance by holding a thin screwdriver in a horizontal position and placing the screwdriver through the blade mounting hole to see if it hangs level.

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I'm only using a single blade push mower, but I sharpen monthly. I have two blades and simply swap them at the beginning of the month. Takes all of 5 minutes if I'm slow about it. I then take the removed blade over to the grinder and sharpen it. Can't say that I've ever balanced them.

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I sharpen my blades about every other month, I have never really bothered about balance.
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