I read somewhere that "they" make a small clamp gadget to go on the
underside of a lawnmower deck to hold the blade stationary and prevent
rotation when one is putting on a new blade.
The kids at HD didn't know what i was talking about, and I couldn't find
anything there like this.
Anyone happen to know what HD, or possibly ACE Hardware, actually calls
these gadgets, or who makes ?
That SHOULD work. BUT people tend to think lawnmower blades need to be
tightened to hell and back when a simple finger tight will do. They are
self tightening. (unless you have one of those cheesy spline type hookups
on a cheapy mower)
They are NOT self tightening. The blade hub should prevent any rotation
on the shaft, which would be required for it to be self tightening.
Further, the blade is part of the "flywheel" on almost every consumer
walk behind rotary mower. As part of the "flywheel", it must be secured
tightly to prevent chucking back and forth on the shaft. If you don't
believe it is part of the "flywheel", try pulling the rope with the
blade off and see how hard your arm gets pulled out of the shoulder socket.
S. Barker wrote:
We are both right. It depends on the mower. I was thinking mostly of
commercial multiblade riders. A push mower is NOT generally selftightening.
But they still don't have to be tightened with a six foot cheater like some
personally, i just stick the 1/2" impact on them to remove them. And spin
them back on by hand, and give the blade/bolt a snugn' by hand going back
on. They are self tightening.
I just use my boot tip to press against the blade and keep it from
turning. Been doing it that way for decades.
On Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:51:21 -0400, Robert11 wrote:
I use a scrap piece of 2x4. Cost = 0.
The money I saved I put toward things more important.
By the way, if you have a small lawn, consider a push reel mower. They
start every time. I know there are drawbacks, but whatever we can do for
the planet, we ought to do that first.
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