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How to sharpen blades on manual lawn mower

Mower difficult to push and doesn't cut well

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SOURCE: craftsman 42" riding lawn mower blade free spinning but wont cut

It sounds to me that you need a new mower deck drive belt, or your blades need sharpening. If the blade edges are rounded, they won't cut butter... Also, when mower is off, check mower deck drive pulleys to make sure you don't have any that are locked up or are dragging. You can check this by pulling the belt away from pulley and spinning the pulley by hand. MOWER MUST BE OFF before attempting any of these checks. You would be surprised how many people would try this with the mower running.
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Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: Craftsman 42 inch riding lawn mower is not cutting evenly

The first thing to check is your blades. If one is bent, it will never cut even. It happens a lot hitting roots, antbeds, etc. Mulching blades will bend easier than a straight blade. It's best to take them off and lay one on top of the other to see if they're bent.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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SOURCE: i have a craftsman lawn mower that when i engage

I would check the stindles on the deck to see if they rotate freeley. If so.. check on the deck to see if the meckanisim for the brakes for the pullys is still engaged.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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SOURCE: I need to find mounting bolts, blade to shaft

Do you meanengine mounting bolts, blade boss, and 'Operator Presence Control' cable? If so, they are generic parts - not specific to your mower. I have no idea why you are having problems ordering them - they are consumable parts, and should be stock items for ant garden machinery repair outlet.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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SOURCE: duel blades on craftsman riding mower cut unevenly

Its not the tires it is the blades don't line up.One blade is three-quarters of an inch lower.Is there a shim for the star fitting.

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I believe you mean to say a 'reel' mower. Normally and old fashoined push (non-engine powered) mower.

Most consumer reel mowers do not need to be sharpened. They do however have a knife bed that occasionally needs to be adjusted. It should have the thickness of a regular piece of notebook paper between the blades and the knife bed. (that is really VERY close) You can buy 'lapping compound' from an automotive parts store, and apply that to the bed knife, and then rotate the blades to provide a precise fit for all blades.

Commercial reel mowers, such as those used on golf course equipment are however sharpened normally once or twice a year. It requireds dismantling, and many courses send their blades to a central location for golf equipment, where they are placed on a computer operated sharpener for precision grinding. This cost several hundreds of dollars just for the grinding.

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It helped my problem/ I hope it will help yours too!

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Well it could be your blade on the mower, over the years i have had to profect my blade sharpening skills.

sometimes when a blade is shapened its not done correctly causeing a lack in the blade tossing the grass properly and more or less turning into mulch on the lawn.

You should have your blades on a push mower if used once a week through out the season sharpened once a season then

if you have large amounts of rocks, sticks and pinecombs then 2x a year

if you only use it here and there then ushally ever 2 years is good.


another issue could be the engine bogging down when going over heavy or wet grass. this is no fun..

what I do with my lawn mower is clean the bottom and spray it with PAM cooking spray has been far the best solution, spraying the bottom of the deck and blade.

Now saying that if you try this method then remember no wet grass so dont over water your lawn.

some people like to use POR 15 on the under side of their mowers as well but I havent tryed this yet but hear it works great.

so there is ways to prevent slow and no discharge into the grass catcher.

hope this helps but yes I would say clean the underside of your mower and have you blade sharpened by a professional. dosent cost much and so much more worth it.

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