Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by vipermanz, Jan 11, 2002.

  1. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    Has anyone here ever tried making your own blades?
    i am currently in the process of making a prototype aluminum blade.
  2. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Do you know anything about metal/aluminum? If you don't then I'd stop where your at and let someone that knows a thing or two about it take over!

    Question: With all the rocket scientists in this world why do you think none of them has come up with an aluminum blade?

    Answer: Obviously it won't work!

    Quit while you have 2 feet.
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    viperchild--at your age there are many things worth experimenting with.

    such as automobiles, girls, girls, girls, etc and that is not in any particular order of importance.

    but I strongly suggest that you refrain from trying to improve the blade for your lawnboy. and that goes for any other mower.

    there are reasons that mower blades are made out of steel instead of aluminum and a dangerous situation might arise if you try to find out why by experimentation.

    focus those energies viperchild. I suggest the list I provided above.

  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Thanks Geo!

    Sure would hate to see the young lad hurt by flying chunks of aluminum.

    Ya, focus your attention on the girls Viperman! You could live a long and healthy life that way.
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    sure thing homer!

    that lad has a bright future in front of him.

    we're just going to have to remind him from time to time.:D

  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    You should stop this experiment immediately! Aluminum is way too brittle to be used in such a harsh enviroment as exists under a mower deck. It would surely crack and a fatigue failure would occur if the slightest imbalalance exists in the blade. If you were to hit something hard it could immediately shatter the blade.
  7. lawncare

    lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    Well the way i see it xperimenting with either one will cause you trouble blades and girls stick to model cars
  8. Eng Mwr Guy

    Eng Mwr Guy Gravely Manufacturer
    Messages: 249

    As an engineer in this industry please DO NOT EXPERIMENT WITH BLADES.

    This is not a self-serving situation. From one human to another please stay alive and in excellent health by not attempting to make aluminum blades.

    Build your own machine......jus stay away from homemade blades.

    Ariens/Gravely Guy
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Everytime I think he's wising up, he screws it up again!:eek:
  10. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
    Messages: 61

    Keep experimenting with design Viper but leave the fabricating to an expert.
    I am having a metal head friend fabricate a double sided gator for use as a top blade on a double blade set-up.
    Obviously this is a touched pic but you can see the concept on one side of the red gator.


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