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What the heck???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doug Z., Sep 15, 2006.

  1. Doug Z.

    Doug Z. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    Yesterday, I jumped on my John Deere 345, to mow this little bit of lawn that i didnt get mowed earlier, at my house, and it seemed there was a bad vibration. It was only 2 minutes worth of mowing, so I finished it. The lawn looked bad too!
    I took it in the shop, and pulled the esck off. There was my problem, I BENT one of the blades-not a nick out of it, but bent. I must of hit a stone behind the shed, and, wearing head phones, never heard it.
    Any body else done that??? I was suprised that I didnt nick it, or do worse damage t the mower to do that...
     
  2. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    nope never bent a blade.
     
  3. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 476

    Wow, I can't imagine hitting something hard enough to bend a blade and not hearing it. I've bent two bades and both times it made and loud clunk.
     
  4. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,216

    I've bent them on tree roots but the mower was a Murray
    residential type. Noticed it right away by the looks of the
    dipped down side of the mowing path. Who says a bent blade cannot be straightened ? I have and used it until
    all three of them wore out.

    Never bent a commercial blade though.

    Nosmo
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,954

    It isn't hard to bend a blade...sometime the spindle bolts get bent at the same time better check that.
     
  6. par69

    par69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I hit someones river rock the other day with my JD 757. Nicked it up good but did not bend. The rock was the size of a softball.
     
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Some residential mower blades are not all that stiff/rigid.
    Especially aftermarket blades for homeowner mowers.

    I've bent several on lawn tractors.
    But I knew it every time.
    I'm stupid and never wear hearing protection.
     

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