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Balancer maintenance

Discussion in 'Magna-Matic' started by jcltyson, Nov 18, 2006.

  1. Magna-Matic

    Magna-Matic Sponsor
    Messages: 839


    New MAG-1000's have a very accurate slide, it will not slide super fast back and forth, nor should it. The slide should move smoothly, but slowly, with a fair amount of force.

    If you feel it is too difficult to move for your liking we can make an adjustment if you would like to send it in. This is generally done also at no cost.

    Thank you,
  2. jcltyson

    jcltyson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 97

    I've had my Mag & balancer about a year now and I feel great about my decision to purchase. I run a Toro & Hustler. I can tell both run much smoother and cut great since I've been using the sharpener & balancer.
    One question. Let me introduce this scanerio .. when balancing, and one side of a blade is just a bit heavier than the other, of course the heavy end tilts down a bit but the blade is not out of balance enough to tilt all the way down.. lets say about 4 or 5 o'clock if we were looking at the balancer as a clock. I was thinking if I moved the heavy end to the other side, say about 7 or 8 o'clock the blade would stay approximately at that position. I find the blade wants to go back to the 4 or 5 o'clock position and rest the heavy end there.

    I may not be explaining this very well, however I was thinking the heavy end would remain down no matter what side of the "clock" it was put on...Thanks if you can help...
  3. Magna-Matic

    Magna-Matic Sponsor
    Messages: 839


    I'm sorry i didn't answer this sooner. It must have gotten by me.

    One thing to keep in mind about balancing is that while a lawn mower blade looks like a RECTANGLE it is a DISC in principle. An easier to think of example is a circular saw blade. If you divide a circle and quarters, you have 4 quadrants. An out-of-balance condition can exsist in each of the quandrants. This is why the blade is not pointing directly downward. The excess of weight on that side is not all at the end of the blade, but closer to the mounting hole, and along the LONG side of the blade.

    The condition you are describing can also occur when the MOUNTING HOLE is not stamped in the center of the blade. This creates an out-of-balance condition that is difficult to correct.

    I hope this sheds some light on the subject.

    Thank you,

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