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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, Mar 8, 2001.
What is the best home-made way to balance a blade? And the most accurate....?
This one on this thread is one I made and it works great. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?threadid=869
Put a nail in the wall and hang your blade horizontally. Whichever direction it drops is the heavy side. It's as simple as that. Hope this helps.
Or better yet you could spend $2.50 on a plastic blade balancer like I did! It ain.t rocket science.
I've heard hanging it on a nail is proballly the WORST way to check for balance. I use the plastic cone type and it seems to work well. I am going to try Eric's way also. It sounds interesting.
The best way: Get in your car, drive to the Home Cheapo and buy one for $2.50.
I command my dog to sit, then tilt his head back and place it on his snout. Works for me!
Could not resist...sorry!
Hmmm... Interesting Scraper. But, if you had a Border Collie like I do you could just let him balance <i>and</i> sharpen the blades for you.
I balanced my blades on a nail, a screwdriver, and the cone type balancer. I got them the best I could get them.
Then I made one out of a bearing like Eric said, then checked them. WOW what a deference. These blades were way out. The best balancer for the money.
Learned it here on Lawn Site. Thanks guys.
On the spindles for DC's they don't even have a keyway in them. My dealer says that it causes imbalance that shortens bearing life. If it is that critical on the center part of the blade, wouldn't it be made worse out on the end of a blade?
Like Homer said go get a blade balencer...a metal one might set you back $ 3.00 it works well.