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Help How do you change mower blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ron, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    OUCH I was changing my Scag Super Z 52 In. blades to really sharp ones. my last blade on the drivers right when I slipped holding the ratchedt on the bottom part of the nut when I slipped and cut my right palm well to make a short story short.I went to the emergency room where they hand to call in a hand specialist Dr. who had to put my palm back onto my hand OUCH ....
    There has to be a better and easier way to remove these blades without loosing flesh....any good ideas would be a life saver to me...WOW a really good year for me first my broken back now my righ palm What's Next.................Signed Lefty in Port Orange Florida:cry: :cry: :cry:
  2. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 871

    I have a Scag STHM I use a 1/2" ratchet with a piece of EMT on the handle about 12" long for the other side I have a 1"x15/16
    box end wrench. try holding the bottom stationary, use the top
    nut to tighten
  3. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    Hey Edward thanks for the tip,tryied it OUCH my hand sorry....
    I was thinking about maybe a power wrench with 1 in 15/16 socket and a 2x4 holding the blade in place........:alien:
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,555

    I use a 1/2" impact gun,its easy,and you never get scraped.The electric ones will work too,if you change blades daily,it will quickly pay for itself.
  5. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    I too use an impact gun. I used to use wrenches, but if you have hit anything while mowing, it tends to tighten the blade bolt, and then those wrenches can be dangerous. I try not to over tighten the blade bolt when reinstalling, as the blades tend to tighten themselves as you mow.
  6. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    Walden NY humm how far are you from Pine Bush NY
  7. crs

    crs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Spend the money and get an impact wrench, electric or air if you have a compressor.

    A while back someone mentioned a rechargable electric model in a post. You might want to do a search.

    Good luck lefty:eek:
  8. ron

    ron LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    IMPACT WRENCH ?????????????????? this would have saved my right palm.......................OK what type of imapct wrench should I get... I already hav the compresser.....
  9. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    I don't know who it was but earlier this year I saw a device that holds the blade still while you tighten it. Just a thing that clamps to the deck and dosent let the blade turn.
    I thought it was in Gimplers.

  10. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    don't hold a blade with your hand...ever! there is no need.

    with lock washers in the right place, chock the blade with a piece of wood against the underside of the deck. tighten (or loosen) with a socket or impact wrench.

    at worst you may need to hold one end of the bolt with a wrench while you tighten the other.

    good luck.


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