Ever shaved with a blunt razor?
An old blade leaves you vulnerable to cuts, infection and irritation.
A new blade gives a nice clean shave.
When it comes to mowing, it’s no different.
Dull lawn mower blades can give a terrible looking cut and can impact the health of the grass.
The grass is ripped or torn, resulting in a jagged edge, these edges will brown within days and give an uneven look.
Grass that is cut cleanly can recover quickly and more likely to resist disease and pests.
It is possible to save your blades some wear and tear by picking up any big sticks, branches, rocks, etc.
Although mowing wet grass won’t dull your mower’s blades any faster than if it was dry, it does make the mower work harder and it is not good for the lawn either.
Signs of a dull blade include bends, nicks and dents. Blades should be properly sharpened and balanced. A lot will come down to how often and how long you mow for, however, it is generally recommended to sharpen or replace mower blades at least once a year, maybe more if mowing more frequently or a larger area. In addition to a sharp mower blade helping your mower operate more smoothly and safely, it can also increase your mower’s fuel efficiency.
Mower blades can usually be sharpened several times to extend their life. If you’re going to attempt to sharpen the blades yourself, take appropriate precautions by immobilising the mower properly and operating the grinder with care.
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