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What is the best home-made way to balance a blade?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, Mar 8, 2001.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    What is the best home-made way to balance a blade? And the most accurate....?
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

  3. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Put a nail in the wall and hang your blade horizontally. Whichever direction it drops is the heavy side. It's as simple as that. Hope this helps.
  4. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Or better yet you could spend $2.50 on a plastic blade balancer like I did! It ain.t rocket science.
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I've heard hanging it on a nail is proballly the WORST way to check for balance. I use the plastic cone type and it seems to work well. I am going to try Eric's way also. It sounds interesting.
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Messages: 3,485

    The best way: Get in your car, drive to the Home Cheapo and buy one for $2.50.
  7. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I command my dog to sit, then tilt his head back and place it on his snout. Works for me! ;)

    Could not resist...sorry!
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  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Hmmm... Interesting Scraper. But, if you had a Border Collie like I do you could just let him balance <i>and</i> sharpen the blades for you. :)
  9. Ricky

    Ricky LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    I balanced my blades on a nail, a screwdriver, and the cone type balancer. I got them the best I could get them.

    Then I made one out of a bearing like Eric said, then checked them. WOW what a deference. These blades were way out. The best balancer for the money.

    Learned it here on Lawn Site. Thanks guys.

    On the spindles for DC's they don't even have a keyway in them. My dealer says that it causes imbalance that shortens bearing life. If it is that critical on the center part of the blade, wouldn't it be made worse out on the end of a blade?
  10. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,085

    Like Homer said go get a blade balencer...a metal one might set you back $ 3.00 it works well.

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