Hard for me to really re-sharpen, and then re-balance, it myself, at my age.
The re-sharpening costs for someplace to do it are not all that different
than a new blade from Lowe's, somewhat surprisingly.
Guess we really do live in a throw away society.
Want to get a dedicated socket wrench for the bolt removal, hence my trying
to find the bolt size.
Reuse the old bolt, I take off and reuse mine every year, they are a
locking type and wont come off anyway running since rotation of motor
is reversed. I have 2 blades one I sharpen when I have time, its not
hard to do or to balance it. I just use a coarse wide file.
It's very easy to re-sharpen the Toro blade if you have the proper
tools: grinder, a blade balance cone, a light touch, and a cheap
torque wrench. It takes about 5 minutes, maybe 10 minutes the first
time. A sharp mower blade will help prevent disease and moisture loss
to your lawn. I usually sharpen mine twice a year.
I wonder how many blades you could buy if you didn't already own a
grinder, a blade balance cone, a light touch, and a cheap torque
BTW, is it OK if I use my fairly-reasonably-priced torque wrench? I
don't have a cheap one.
re: Surprisingly, the Manual or Parts List doesn't specify
I'm not surprised at all. If they list the size, users would go to
Lowes and buy 'em from them. By not listing it by anything other than
a Toro part number, they'll get many more people buying it from them.
Sure, they won't get *everyone* buying it from them, but since it cost
them exactly nothing to *not* tell you what size it is, any direct
sales they get is at maximum profit.
If you're looking to match the head size for a socket, take the
current one off with an adjustable wrench and take it with you when
you to buy your new blade.
I do not know about your specific mower but most of mine seem to have taken
a 9/16 inch wrench. The bolt head is likely to be worn and rusted, in which
case a 6 point socket wrench works better. It can take a lot of force to
loosen so you might need a long handle and a good way to keep the blade from
turning. They make a little clamp which connects to the edge of the deck to
hold the blade.
Take the plug wire off and be careful. Get some help if it doesn't want to
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