A lawnmower makes it easy for you to cut grass. The problem is, after using the lawnmower for a long time, the blades become dull and this decreases its capacity to cut grass properly. This is why you have to make sure to change the blades on your lawnmower if you use your lawnmower often. You can change the blades on your lawnmower by yourself so that you will not have to hire another person to do the job for you. This can also save you a lot of money.
Here are the steps on how you can change the blades of your lawnmower without having someone to do it for you:
Preparation. Before you start working on your lawnmower, make sure that it is turned off. If you have just used your lawnmower, let it rest and cool for about an hour before you work on it. After an hour, test to see if it is not hot anymore by touching it. Remove any dirt or debris that has been caught on the blades of the lawnmower. If it is cool enough, you can proceed to the next steps.
Wear protective gear. Wear work gloves and protective goggles when you start to change the blade of your lawnmower. This will ensure that you will be safe throughout the whole process.
Lay your lawnmower down. It will be easier for you to change the blades on your lawnmower if you work on it while the lawnmower is down on the ground. Before you do this, make sure that the cap on the gas case is secure so that the gas won’t leak when you tip the lawnmower and lay it on the ground. Remove the deck that protects the blades of the lawnmower.
Removing the blades. The next step is to remove the blades. To safely do this, get a block of wood that you can feed to the blade to prevent it from moving when you are removing the nuts that secure the blades. Get your wrench and use it to remove the nuts. Set aside the nuts in a small container so that you will not lose them on the ground.
Put in the new blade. Get the new blade and slide it in place. Make sure that it is level. Afterwards, get the nuts that you removed earlier and screw them in with your wrench. The nuts have to be nice and tight when you screw it back. Replace the deck that protects the blades from being exposed. Now you have replaced the blades on your lawn mower.
These are the steps on how you can change the blades on your lawnmower. It is advisable to replace the blades on your lawnmower every six months so that you can be sure that your lawnmower can cut the way you want it to. If not, your grass might not be cut equally and this will leave your grass with tall blades and short blades.