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Old 07-20-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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Hit a root with the mower lastnight


I've mowed there before and don't remember any root... regardless, it was there now (stupid foreclosed house next door and its overgrown back yard creeping into my yard!!!).
When I hit the root I heard crunch and a eeeerrrrrrrnnnnnnnttttttt!!!! type noise. Tried to start it again but couldn't even pull the starter cord. tipped the mower and found the blade is bent beyond repair and partially off center from where its mounted.

Good thing I finished the front yard first.

I think its possible the the gears could have been stripped. So i wanted to test this before I buy a new blade. Is it ok to start to the mower up without a blade attached?
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Is it ok to start to the mower up without a blade attached?
I can't think of anything that would cause damage to the engine by running it without the blade, long enough to see how it runs, but that is assuming that it will start without that weight on the shaft. Before going any farther though, with the spark plug removed, turn it by hand, and see how it feels. Then remove the flywheel, and check the key, to see if it is damaged or broken. After that, I would try starting it, but if it doesn't start at that point, I would invest in a blade, and try it that way.
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I tested it without the blade on and it appeared to start and run. It ran pretty rough but I assume this was because it relies on the inertia of the blade to function properly.
So $14 and a trip to Lowes later I put a new blade on it and it started up just fine. There's a little shudder now and then but before I bought this mower it was treated poorly so thats not entirely unexpected.
Do new blades NEED to be sharpened? Its got a dull edge, seemed to cut grass allright. I have a pretty crappy lawn so I'm not worried about looks or perfect grass.
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I've bent crankshafts by hitting objects.
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I tested it without the blade on and it appeared to start and run. It ran pretty rough but I assume this was because it relies on the inertia of the blade to function properly.
So $14 and a trip to Lowes later I put a new blade on it and it started up just fine. There's a little shudder now and then but before I bought this mower it was treated poorly so thats not entirely unexpected.
Do new blades NEED to be sharpened? Its got a dull edge, seemed to cut grass allright. I have a pretty crappy lawn so I'm not worried about looks or perfect grass.
No, you do not sharpen new blades.

That said, I'd suggest you start salting away a little money for a new mower. If this one isn't already toast, it soon will be.
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