Lawn mower blade maintenance tools
I advise my customers to sharpen at the beginning of the season and also mid way through if possible.
I advise my customers to replace about every four years.
2 in 1
The 2 in 1 is great at collecting grass thanks to the larger trailing wings. Lift blades are available with larger wings, but bigger will require an engine powerful enough to move them.
3 in 1
The Mulching blade typically has a leading edge that's curved, this allows the blade to cut the grass at different heights. The trailing edge is fitted with a curved wing to help move the grass clippings to the grass bag.
blade sharpening kit
This kit includes the sharpening stone and blade balancer. The sharpening stone is cut at 30° and fits onto a hand drill. If your blade isn't badly gouged, you won't need to remove it to sharpen.
But if it is, remove the blade and after sharpening, check it for balance. Adjust the balance by grinding the heavier side and rechecking. Picture links to Amazon.com.
For fast simple and most importantly safe way to gain access to the underside of your tractor or zero turn mower. To sharpen on the mower or removing the blades you need room to work. The Rhino ramps set at 17° make the process simple. They can carry unto 12000 lbs, so you can safely use them on a car too. Picture links to Amazon.com
Cordless impact gun
The Ingersoll Rand brush-less impact gun is the Cadillac of impacts. It makes the job of removing stubborn bolts a snap, and as this is a cordless, you can keep it in the trunk of the car for emergencies.
However, this gun is really expensive, and for the occasional user it's probably too much gun. But then again, I don't ever remember saying "I just wish my car had less power". More is more, right!
You don't need this gun to remove the blade, it just makes life so much easier. If you do buy this kit, you won't ever need to buy another. Picture links to Amazon.com
What's a torque wrench, and why you need it? A torque wrench tightens a fastener to a factory set specification. It prevents components being damaged or falling off.
A mower blade will ideally need to be torqued to specification (Usually between 30 - 50 ft. lbs) Over tightening can lead to engine loss, and if you think I'm exaggerating. Check out this post on my Teng tool torque wrench. Picture links to Amazon.com
3M Ear Defenders
Lawn mowers can produce over 100 db which is more than enough to damage your ears. I like the quality of the 3M products, I've been using them for years. This set of ear defenders has an NRR of 24 db (Noise Reduction Rating).
The set is Bluetooth connected, so no cables to mess about with, you can seamlessly connect to your phone, listen to music and take calls as the headset has a built in mic. Pretty cool! Picture links to Amazon.com
Mechanix Anti-vibe gloves
Constant vibration can damage the nerves in your hands, It's known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and it's not repairable. Mowers as you know create a lot of vibration which is transmitted through your hands.
I wear Mechanix gloves in the workshop when using air tools, they're made with thermoplastic padding material that absorbs and dissipates vibration. Picture links to Amazon.com
I love 3M products, there great quality and I confident in there performance as I've been using them since forever. The silicone respirator is comfortable, durable. I use it when welding and cleaning old grass and dust from lawn mower decks and engines.
I wear glasses in the workshop and anybody that wears glasses and a respirator will know the value of the 3M downward facing vent. Fogged glasses drives me crazy!!! Picture links to Amazon.com