Lawnmowers are an essential tool for maintaining lawns. They have one or more blades that cut the grass. The blades have multiple sharp surfaces responsible for trimming. Lawn mower blades experience friction over time and may lose their sharpness which reduces the quality of the cut and consequently the performance of the lawn mower. Homeowners have the option of replacing their lawn mower blades with new ones which are quite expensive. Lawn mower blade sharpening is an alternative and a more economical choice. Lawn mower blades can be sharpened to restore their cutting prowess just like knives and scissors. They are grinded against a rough surface like sandpaper, file or grinding stone during the process. It improves their cutting quality and performance.
Importance of Lawn Mower Blade Sharpening
The grass cut with a blunt lawn mower blade will have frayed and uneven tips which are an eyesore. Poorly cut grass may also get infected with diseases or fungus. On the other hand, grass cut with a sharp blade will have smooth and uniformly cut tips. It will also be healthier and heal faster. Regular lawn mower blade sharpening improves the appearance of the lawn and adds to the aesthetic value of the property. Also, blunt blades will increase the time required to mow a lawn as their cutting efficiency is reduced.
Lawn Mower Blade Sharpening Frequency
The frequency of lawn mower blade sharpening will depend on the number of hours the lawn mower is used. A homeowner who owns a small lawn and uses his lawn mower for an hour every week will not have to sharpen his lawn mower as often as a someone who has a large lawn and uses his mower for 10 hours every week. On an average, a lawn mower blade should be sharpened after 25 to 30 hours of mowing. For a rarely used lawn mower, it can be once or twice in a season, while for a frequently used lawn mower, it can be once or twice in a week.
Lawn Mower Blade Sharpening Tools
There are many lawn mower blade sharpening tools available in the market. They are easy to use and come with instruction manuals.
All American Sharpener 5000 with Angle Grinder and Wheel
The All Amercian Sharpener 5000 is a specially designed device that makes lawn mower blade sharpening easy and hassle-free. It can be attached to any bench and can hold blades securely allowing you to sharpen them. A grinder can be attached to the sharpener using an adapter pin. The device can be used for sharpening standard as well as mulching blades.
Magna-Matic MAG-9000 Lawn Mower Blade Sharpener
The MAG-9000 lawn mower blade sharpener is a tried and tested device used by lawn mowing professionals. It has a 0.75hp fan-cooled electric motor and a 7” grinding wheel. The device can sharpen a blade in a couple of minutes irrespective of its length. It allows you to adjust the angle of the blade using a single-crank system. It supports both left-handed and right-handed blades and comes with all the required tools.
Yellow Hornet Lawn Mower Blade Sharpener
The Yellow Hornet is a device that makes the lawn mower blade sharpening process easier. It is a base measuring 9”x12” and has space for holding a grinder motor and a blade. The device allows blades to be sharpened at a fixed angle of 30-degrees. It is a great option for homeowners who are new to the concept of blade sharpening. The buyer has to purchase a grinding motor separately.