How does eveyone balance their blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnfella, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Lawnfella

    Lawnfella LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I'll be going from Scag to Exmark next year. I've never balanced any of my blades on my Scag mowers. I've been told that with the sealed spindle bearings balancing blades will help the bearings last longer. Do I need to buy a machine to balance them with or is there another way?
  2. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Do a search on "balance blades". You will find all the info you need. Good luck, LCME
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    A Cone.
  4. tx_angler

    tx_angler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Yup - what John said ^^^^
  5. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    the last time I balanced a blade was 3 or so years ago, have not since. I used a walmart cone to do it with. :)
  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I put one blade in one hand and another blade in the other hand. Then while standing on one foot I put my arms out and tilt my head back. yep....they're balanced. ;) :p
  7. PLI1

    PLI1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I use a cone. They cost less than 5 bucks.
  8. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Messages: 1,053

    If you want you can use a nail in a wall. Perfect no, close us. Cheap yes.
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    When I sharpen blades I grind off the same amount on both sides. I never balance the blades.
  10. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I used to NOT think it mattered HOW and IF you balanced your blades. Then I bought a Magna-Matic balancer. Before the Magna-Matic, I thought the cone was fine. Boy was I wrong. I balanced a blade on the cone and then on the Magna-Matic. Not even close. The Magna-matic may be a bit pricey, but well worth the investment, IMHO.

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