OK, here is the story.
I was mowing the lawn, I hit a stick (pine), it bent the right blade AND the
bent blade cut into the mowing deck (about 2.5 inches)
I think this was a freak accident, but??
The Sears guy is coming out to look at it Sat.
I've already pounded the metal back in place, and straighten the blade
enough to mow the rest of the property, it just needs a spot weld now (oh
and at least one blade (or some hammering). Three hours on the new
When that blade hit the mowing deck it stopped the engine cold!! (it started
fine and I've run it for about 1 hour so I think it's fine) "no strange
anything I should bring up with the Sears Guy?
Nothing to laugh at. If I was still a drinking man I'd be drunk by now. I
wouldn't fool around with a blade that was straightened out - have to get a
new one. Too much chance of imbalance and messing up the berrings.
I have 3 sets from before I started to sharpen my blades myself. I had
one on the mowing deck, one sharp and ready to put on and the other one at
the shop being sharpened/waiting for me to pick it up (meaning stored at
the shop, <grin>). Then when I dulled my blades I would swap in the good
set, run the dull ones to the shop, and get the sharp ones to be ready for
the next round.
Now I sharpen my own blades, which turns out to be easy with a dremel and
a bench clamp. Just grind a new bevel and ensure that it is reasonably
Bent blades are tossed into the metal recycling, not fixed.
the resharpened blade in the picture had an encounter with
driveway gravel. forgot to raise the deck when I crossed.
duh :( oh well stuff happens.
these people might save you some money. the blades are made
by Oregon. sears craftsman is close to the bottom of the page.
How big a "stick" did you hit? Clearly, I wasn't a twig.
If I were the Sears guy, I would tell you that the mower was designed to
cut grass, not sticks, and be out of there.
It's ridiculous that you expect a manufacturer/retailer to compensate you
for damages that were caused by your own neglect or misuse of the
Next time, keep your eyes open when you're mowing!
It was not that large, maybe if you looked at the pic you would have
The "stick" is 10 inches long by 3/4 if an inch wide, and I have mowed over
many of them with my 32" Toro with no problems, And for that matter with a
friggen push mower that I bought from Sears for $110.00.
So mowing your lawn and hitting a stick is neglect and misuse huh? I'm
guessing your perfect and have never done such a thing,
Good for you! (have a cookie)
I'm glad your not the Sears guy.
And I suppose your friggen push mower just chopped them up into tooth picks
with little or no extra effort. Come on!
A 10" x 1" inch piece of wood is no small object, no matter what the
species, and it takes considerable force to shred it.
While your Toro may have been able to handle it, I seriously doubt that the
deck and blade of a Sears mower is anywhere near the same quality.
By the way I didn't ask Sears to come out to fix the mower, that was their
I called them to ask if a $1600.00 lawn tractor is going to bend a blade
(and slice the mowing deck) every time I hit something like a stick.
I understand the bending blades, as I have replaced many, and I have bent
more than my share of mowing decks (hey there's a stump in the grass who
as far as the quality, husqvarna makes the mower, and Consumer Reports rated
the Sears mowers a good deal at their price point.
I guess that's relative My dick is so large that I've always considered 10
inches kinda small or at least average.
I don't know who to feel bad for, you or your wife. ;-)
I had a Sears mower and the blades were so soft I could bend them with
my hands. I bent one and put it on my knee and bent it back. So much for
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
Thanks for the heads up, turns out the blades that it came with were thin
and goofy looking.
I went to Sears and bought a new set, same model number totally different
The new blades are thicker, and have a "crease" on both sides 3/4 of the
length of the blade, looks like they were added to make the blade more
so far I like them
I just had a good laugh at your post, thanks. :-)
You kidding? I tried to avoid thick grass!!!
No really, I mowed (almost) the same way I did last weekend, (I'm gun shy
now) I'll post some links of the Pics I took of the blades.
The pictures won't do justice compared to holding and looking at the blades
in person, but I think you can still see the diff.
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