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changing blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by charlies, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    i was changing the blades today.

    first blade, wrench slipped off, busted 2 knuckles good.

    third blade: wrench slipped off while tightening, top of index finger hit blade edge, sliced into it good, no stitches, but a spectacular amount of blood. and i am the one always telling the guys to wear gloves when they change the blades!

    both times, i left my hands under the deck for a few seconds thinking, 'oh that's probably going to be bad', before i actually looked at it.

    the slicing incident, i finished tightening the blade before i took my hand out to look. i could feel the blood getting all over my hand and the blade.

    sweet. now: gloves for the rest of the season, i swear.
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    Did the same thing last year. Only I sliced two fingers clean open. I didn't want to look at it either...
  3. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 92

    Try an impact wrench real easy and no cut up fingers
  4. charlies

    charlies LawnSite Senior Member
    from earth
    Messages: 587

    we do have a compressor and air tools in our shop, but i just wanted to change the blades, i didn't feel like turning on the compressor, getting out the gun, the socket, waiting for the pressure to build to appropriate level, then having to drain the tank when i was done. i was lazy.
  5. topcat

    topcat LawnSite Member
    from Bflo
    Messages: 99

    Get one of those cheap 12volt impact wrenches from like Walmart. Works great and comes in handy when out mowing.
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I don't wear gloves when I change blades. I always use a piece of wood 2x4 to wedge the blades and never have a problem. Safe and cheap.

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