Blade Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Brad, Apr 17, 2000.

  1. Brad

    Brad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    Greetings, and thanks for reading. Have a question regarding the blades on an older mower I have. Picked the mower up last year after it had been sitting for 5-8 years. It's a '75 vintage John Deere rear engine #68 which probably has no bearing on my problem... Question is, when I mow grass and cut 2-4 inches off, the mower discharges 2-4 inch long waste. My newer push mowers, 21 inch units, even on discharge, seem to mulch the refuse up quite a bit. I think that the blades on there are fairly fresh, but still close to 10 years old. Would a pair of mulching blades on there do a better job of making a more presentable discharge? The way it is, almost looks like a hay field after a sickle mower has been thru there. <p>Thanks for any suggestions, (short of keeping the old blades and getting a new mower!).<p>Brad
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Mulching blades are exactly what you need.
  3. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 196

    How do you guys sharpen your mower blades? Right now i use a belt sander and a bench grinder. the bench grinder doesnot do that great of job cause i can't set my blade on anything and the motor is in the way. the belt sander works could but i have to change the once or twice a month. I have to sharpen my blades once a week. Any ideas?
  4. Brad

    Brad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 58

    Bridges: That's a good question. Maybe start a new post with that question to catch the attn of the pro's, who may not read it in this post. I think I saw someplace that you can take a little pc of wood cut to the proper angle and put it on your grinder and you are all set, but not sure where I saw it. will have to look around.<p>Brad

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