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Old 02-25-2019, 05:13 PM   #16
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Balancing, while not an exact science, is important, and, particularly since he is using a wheel, his apprehension or whatever is probably legitimate. I used a wheel myself for a long time, and it was sometimes, well, maybe not a struggle as much as a bit of a challenge to hit the right spots, not remove too much metal here or there and whatnot, but started using an angle grinder a number of years ago. Much better and easier. As far as a balancing tool, I use a spike on the wall, and that works just fine. Depending on your yard and mower maybe you just want to stick with the local shop do it. I know a few ladies in town who have relatively small and nice lawns, no gravel or sandy areas, and their blades will go a year fine. I mow close to three acres, country lawn, occasional stone along our gravel road, and a mulching mower that adds a lot of lift, and typically put on a fresh set of blades three times a year, one in the spring, one mid summer or there about, and one before fall. So he's being honest with you as far as his concern, in my opinion, so maybe you don't want to push him. Not saying you were, but if he's at all reluctant I would probably drop it.
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:27 AM   #17
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Here is the blade balancer that I use. It's pretty expensive, but is very accurate.
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Haven't yet resolved this problem. Downside of small town living. I bought the mower at a great shop 30 miles away and was hoping not to drive over there.

Decided to buy a 2nd set for now if Home Depot carries them. Couldn't find the exact parts number on Amazon. Or will call Honda. Eventually I'll be near the Honda shop of purchase and will have them sharpen the blades. Inconvenient but doable.

Thanks everyone.
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:12 AM   #19
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Look around your community, for a saw sharpener shop, they can do mower blades as well.

There used to be a chain sharpener service, Foley--Belsaw affiliates, there might be a similar one there, or a local " old coot", that does this in his spare time.


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Sharpening is easy. Removing / installing may be the most difficult task for Startingover.
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:36 AM   #22
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I gave another neighbor, a young guy I’ve seen tinkering in his garage, $10 to remove sn replace my blades (when I get them). He used a power tool. I didn’t even try cause I’ve never been able to with past mowers.

If I were younger an likely to use it more yrs I’d have a small but real workbench in the garage.

Next time a girlfriend comments that her sons never remember special occasions like my daughters do, I’ll remind them their boys are always there to fix things!
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Look around your community, for a saw sharpener shop, they can do mower blades as well.

There used to be a chain sharpener service, Foley--Belsaw affiliates, there might be a similar one there, or a local " old coot", that does this in his spare time.


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I am that "old coot" Ed. Have the Foley-Belsaw sharpening machines and sharpen/rebuild blades and saws.
I have been making my own mower blades a few years now. I live in very sandy soil area and it is he*l on blades. That has been very successful and I will continue to do so.
Maybe I could qualify as "ex-spurt". That is a drip under pressure.


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RR: have you ever seen a blade that, the curved up sail part, splits off and flies away?

I have, I speculate that someone was hitting gravels at high speed with it.

I sure would not want to be down range when that sail comes off.


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I am that "old coot" Ed. Have the Foley-Belsaw sharpening machines and sharpen/rebuild blades and saws.

I have been making my own mower blades a few years now. I live in very sandy soil area and it is he*l on blades. That has been very successful and I will continue to do so.

Maybe I could qualify as "ex-spurt". That is a drip under pressure.





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Wow, I haven't heard that quote in a long time an ex-Spurt, used to be a drip under pressure!

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RR: have you ever seen a blade that, the curved up sail part, splits off and flies away?

I have, I speculate that someone was hitting gravels at high speed with it.

I sure would not want to be down range when that sail comes off.


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Haven't had that experience. The blades just wear away on the ends so I cut off approx. 6" and weld on new pieces, bend up a wing, and sharpen them. Good for another while.
Now before you "Safety Nazis" get you panties in a wad, I have been welding for over 60 years and know what I am doing, The welds are not failing!

I would and have "bet my life on my welds"


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I was welding at 10 years old, Without the safety lens, Boy was that a lesson that I learned the hard way.

Had " sand" in my eyes for 3 days, I never forgot again.

And I too will trust my welds with my life, once welded the frame rails back on an old SS396, and ran it many more miles.


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Guess it hasn't been that long but seemed to me to take forever. Checked reviews everwhere. Finally took my blades to a shop 2 miles away and at this point didn't care how they sharpened them or what it cost.

Yay.
$3 each blade and balanced!

Flipped it over an drained oil. Now wonder if the bottle of oil I've had seversl yrs is too old to use?
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What in the world is going on? The sentence below doesn't appear unless Startingover's post #28 is Quoted. That post ends with the word "balanced ".
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I now understand what happened. Please disregard post #29.

I've seen old oil that looked as if additives had settled to the bottom. I just gave it a good shake and put in. I've never had a engine fail from any kind of oil as long as it had oil.
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