Cut the hand on the blade....

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Lowe Mowing, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Lowe Mowing

    Lowe Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I had the accident today that i never wanted to have. While i was changing the blades on my Wright Stander, the vice grip slipped off and it cut my hand up pretty bad. 5 stiches and a hurting hand. I was wondering how you guys protect yourself from the blades while changing them. Have any of you guys made something that covers the blades or anything. Any input on the safest way to change the blades would be appreciated.
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I use a half inch ratchet on bottom, and a 1/2" impact gun on the top. I haven't had the misfortune of cutting myself changing them(yet), ..but I never even come into contact with the blades this way. For the WB's, I do them the same way. I did pick up a blade blocker for $ 7 from Blue Blazes in Kentucky last fall . It's simple in design, but works great for changing 21's.
  3. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    anytime i am handling blades, hands are inside leather gloves.
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    The only time my hand touches the blade is when its on the ground. I hold the pulley and put my socket on the top nut and turn
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    You didn't say, but I think your Wright has a capscrew on the blade, screwed into the spindle, right? For those of us who have through-bolts, we use two wrenches, one on the top, the other on the bottom. Apparently, you needed to hold the blade, while turning the capscrew. I service some lawn tractors for home-owners, and they typically have capscrews (e.g. John Deere). The procedure scares me. I too use a Vice-Grip to hold the blade, blocked up against the deck someplace. But, it is subject to slipping off. There must be a better way. If I had to deal with capscrew arrangements regularly, I would try something different.

    When changing bladles on my 21" mowers, I block the blade with my foot on taking it off. When remounting, the dull side of the blade can be held with the second hand.
  6. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    impact guns, never have to worry about cut hands with one.
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    You only need two 15/16" wrench and a jungle jack to change blades on a stander. Put the blade on the bolt, then the spaces (I use four spacers). For those running double putting them in a X now makes life easier) Hold the blade in the middle with your palm holding the bolt. Slide it up into the spindle, then with your other hand, put on the rest of the spacers (I use two) and the nut. Tighten the nut until its hand tight. Then put one box end of one wrench on the top and do the same on the bottom. Tighten until it becomes quite hard to turn. You don't need to go over board with them. Otherwise you will never get them off in the field if you need to. Only once have I had a a blade come loose and that was after hitting a rock that was 6" by 6" by 6".

    I personally have quite a few scars on my hands from blades. Since my blades are sharpen until they have a razor edge on them. So handling them is dangerous.
  8. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    Use a cordless 18v impact gun....that thing will bust the lugnuts loose on my it...
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    I personally have quite a few scars on my hands from blades. Since my blades are sharpen until they have a razor edge on them. So handling them is dangerous.[/QUOTE]

    That might be part of the problem as having them razor sharp.
  10. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    I was in Sears the other day buying some wrenches and saw a blade blocker on their shelf. I think it was less than $10. Could be a good investment.

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