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how to balance blade

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by adam5557, May 19, 2005.

  1. adam5557

    adam5557 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    Hey guys i am new to balancing blades and was going to go to home cheapo and get a cheap balancer for my self. When taking off metal on the blade to balance it where on the blade is the best spot to remove metal.Thanks and again i am new to balancing blades and have looked through previous threads.thanks.adam
  2. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    The heavy end.
  3. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    i always balance mine with a screw driver. just set the screwdriver on something level, stick the blade on the driver and if it sits level then the blade is balanced. if it leans then grind off from the heavy end.
  4. adam5557

    adam5557 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    So i should just sharpen the blade more on the heavy end?
  5. Steve9

    Steve9 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 228

    Exactly what you should do
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    bingo. just sharpen on the heavy end til its level then you have a balanced blade.
  7. CincyWolf

    CincyWolf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    I think it is more important to sharpen the blades evenly keeping the cutting angle right and then if out of balance take some steel out of the non-cutting side of the blade to balance. Once sharpened, there is no point in taking extra metal off of the business side unless you have access to free blades. This has always worked for me. The screwdriver trick will work but a $3 blade balancing cone is usually better and if you are careful you can get results almost as good as using the $200 MAG balancer.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I agee with everything but the highlighted area. You are incorrect on the last statement. I'm a stickler for perfection and I did it the other ways for several years. Then I got a magna balancer and all those "perfect" cone balanced blades were NOT EVEN CLOSE. You just think they are. Until you do a perfect balance on a magna and install on a machine to feel the difference you will never understand.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,937

    I agree with Hoss.

    The magna-matic balancer is perfect.

    On a scale from 1 to 10....

    $3 balance cone...4
    Nail in wall...........1
    Small nail in wall....2
  10. nitrotim

    nitrotim LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 525

    I agree with this one. Every new blade I bought this year has been out of ballance on the magna. The machines run alot smoother after ballancing them with the magna matice ballance . I bought mine on ebay for 150 and it is worth the money.

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