Who balances blades??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerdave, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. mowerdave

    mowerdave LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I wondered if anyone balances their blades after they are sharpened. I am pretty regular with the sharpening and I used to balance, but have gotten out of the habit. I don't think I can tell any difference since I stopped and wondered if anyone else balances their mower blades. I run a Walker mower with a 52" mulching deck.
  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    We never balance our blades and everything is just fine with the spindles .
  3. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    I usually dont.

    I'll balance if I have to get a abnormally large ding worked out though.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Not once in 13 years...it really only matters on a small 21" or so WB.
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    Hmmm....I do, and can definately tell if I don't.
  6. Rickco

    Rickco LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I always do. I was told a long time ago that it was a must. Never thought to question it. Why would I?
  7. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    Not in 20 years. Never heard of balancing a blade before this site.
  8. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Not balancing a blade will cause excess vibration and potential spindle bearing damage if the blade is far enough out of balance.
  9. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    I check mine for balance after sharpening. We are getting a lot of replies from those who don't balance the blades.

    Do we have anyone who doesn't sharpen the blades or have someone sharpen them ? :)
  10. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I balance mine every day after sharpening and I can tell a difference. I tried going a week one time without balancing and the mower developed a bad vibration and when I checked them the left side blade was out big time. It only takes an extra few to check and balance so I do it.

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