15 February 2012

How To Change Ride On Mower Blades

There may come a time when you find that you need to remove the cutting blades on your ride on mower. Perhaps the blades are dull and you need to sharpen or replace them, or perhaps you want to transport the mower and you want to remove the blades as a safety precaution. For whatever reason, it doesn’t have to be a difficult process.

Begin by driving the mower up a ramp if you have one available. If you don’t, just park it on a flat surface. Lock in the breaks and chock the back wheels for an extra safety precaution. It is also a good idea to remove the spark plug to ensure the motor doesn’t accidentally start up. Raise the mower deck to its highest setting to allow you the best access.

If you parked your ride on mower on a flat surface, you will now need to raise it to get access to the blade. You will need to make sure the mower is well-supported as they are amazingly heavy and can crush you if they fall – a lot of people use a thick tree trunk.

You will need to ensure that you have the correct sized wrench, and use it to remove the mandrel nut that secures the blades to the underside of the mower. If you find that the blade tries to move, you may need a cheater pipe or similar object to stop it whilst you’re working. Turn the nut counterclockwise to remove it and let the blade drop off.

In a matter of 5 or 10 minutes, you could have removed the blade from your ride on mower and be ready to sharpen or transport it as you wish. Remember, the process for reattaching the blades is just this process in reverse.

Posted by: John in Ride On Mowers