Correct blade placement

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by luketrash, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. luketrash

    luketrash LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I pulled the blades off of my John Deere 160 to sharpen them, and I'm curious about the correct way to configure them.

    It's a 38" deck. The blades were in configuration A when I removed them. Is configuration B OK too?

    Is there a right way to line them up?

  2. hboyd_com

    hboyd_com LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 150

    I assume that both of your blades spin in the same direction and are driven via a belt. With that assumption, you can put them on anyway you want.... they'll never hit each other and there position relative to each other does matter and in fact will change as you use it because of insignificant belt slippage.
  3. hboyd_com

    hboyd_com LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 150

    I just re-read my post.... man, I hate when I make stupid mistakes. I meant to state that THEIR relative position to each other does NOT matter and will change as the unit is used.

    Hope this helps.
  4. mowhigh

    mowhigh LawnSite Member
    from Dallas
    Messages: 198

    hboyd is right. Your owner's manual will likely advise you to keep one blade stationary while rotating the belt so you can check if the blades are level (left and right as in fig. A). If you check them again after mowing, you might find that they resemble fig. B).

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