Changing/Sharpening Blades on 48 Exmark Metro

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pizpoppa, Nov 5, 2000.

  1. Pizpoppa

    Pizpoppa LawnSite Member
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    Its about time for me to sharpen/change the blades on my Exmark Metro 48 mower. I propped it up, was able to get to it, but I just could not get the damn things off. I must say, though, I am not the best with my hands. Do I need a special tool? Is it just really hard to do? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    Put a pipe on the end of wrench.Mabe some grease
    on that one for next time or mabe an air wrench
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    How long has it been since you had them off of the mower?
     
  4. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    The first time this season (spring, summer, fall) ?

    I heard if you use sharpening fluid in the spindles though, you don't have to sharpen them at all.

    Sorry Pizpoppa.......couldn't resist. Seriously....

    I do it the old fashioned way...I have a 2 foot breaker bar so my hands stay clear of the sharp parts and a crescent on top.

    jeff
     
  5. RYAN

    RYAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    It is a rather simple process you loosen the bolts on the top and bottem of the spindle simultaneosly. Blades should be sharpened once a week at the very least, unless you only mow a lawn or two a week.. Hope this isn't the first time this year.
     
  6. Vandora Lawn & Landscape

    Vandora Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 386

    Two solutions buy impact wrench or goto your friendly neighborhood gas station and ask the mecanic to pop them of when you fill up your tank. I got a used mower with siezed up bolts and that was the only way to get them off.
     
  7. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    I also own a 48 inch Metro, to get the blades off you need a rather large wrench to get enough torque to loosen them, once you got them loose, the bolt just spins off. Put a little muscle into it along with a good long handle. Good luck.
     
  8. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    If a wrench, breaker bar or impact wrench won't do it use a torch and heat up the top nut then wrench it of, that should work. I've had to do that a couple times when someones hit something and bent a blade and the bolt got tightened up so bad I couldn't even get it of with a impact wrench.
     
  9. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I had the same problem on my Exmark Viing hydro until I bought an air compressor and impact wrench. I did it the hard way for a yr or so and then cut my thumb pretty bad. That was enough for me. It's a piece of cake now. When you sharpen everyday, I can't imagine removing blades the old manual way.
     
  10. Five Star Lawn Care LLC

    Five Star Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,005

    AIR TOOLS

    an air impact wrench is a landscpers best friend, makes scraped knuckles and breaker bars a thing of the past. I wouldnt trade my air set-up for anything, it has saved me so much time on equipment maintnace. Deffinatly worth the investment.
     

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