Why Lawn Mower Blades Need to Be Sharpened

March 21, 2018

Spring has finally arrived, which means the lawn mowing season is going to be following shortly behind. Before you fire up the mower for the first time this season, you should make sure that it is in prime condition for a season full of use. This includes making any necessary repairs and ensuring the blades are sharp enough to cut effectively.

Regular sharpening of your mower blades are a necessary part of lawn mower maintenance. You can go to a shop that specializes in lawn mower repair in Ogden, UT to get the blades sharpened, but it’s also something you can do yourself if you have the necessary tools and knowhow.

If you don’t have sharp blades, there’s a chance the mower will either not cut through the grass at all, or will begin to pull grass up by the roots rather than trimming it, which could create some ugly patches in your lawn.

But how exactly do the blades get dull? Here are a few examples:

  • Failure to sharpen regularly: This might seem a bit obvious, but infrequent sharpening will lead to dull blades, which will in turn make it more difficult to sharpen the blades in the future. If you make a habit of sharpening the blades every season, the task will be easier to do next time around because you won’t have to grind the edges as hard to make them sharp.
  • General wear and tear: While grass itself doesn’t cause a whole lot of wear and tear in a mower, keep in mind that you’re always going to run into scenarios in which you hit sticks, pebbles, branches, clumps of dirt or other more solid materials that can dull the blade or cause dings and nicks to form. The longer you use the mower, the more these issues will start to build up.
  • Cutting too low: If you have the mower’s carriage set too low, the blade will be much more susceptible to impact with stones, twigs and other solid items lying in your lawn. The blade will also have to work harder to cut through the grass when it is set low, as it will be working through thicker vegetation.
  • Blade design: A thicker blade will be better able to resist the nicks and dings that naturally build up in lawn mowers in comparison to a thinner blade. Therefore, if your mower has thinner blades, you’ll likely need to sharpen them more regularly.
  • Dirty carriage underside: If you have too many clippings and too much debris on the underside of the carriage, or a clogged discharge chute, this will make the blade more susceptible to damage and dulling. You should make it a point to clean the undercarriage and discharge chute with some regularity.

Looking for more information about lawn mower repair in Ogden, UT? Contact our team today and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information about the services we provide, including sharpening of lawn mower blades.

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