Who balances blades??

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

  1. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    Could it have been a defect maybe? Or are you certain that your reletivly new mower had a cracked deck because of something probably 1/2 the people that own one never do?
  2. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    Crack a deck because of an unbalanced blade? I don't think so (unless you only sharpened one side of the blade and it was that far out of whack).
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    I don't believe for a minute that not balancing blades would cause a deck to crack. Do you really think that blades stay balanced while in use? Depending on the lawn they could be out of balance within minutes of use. Now if you ran the machine with it shaking violently, then maybe so but more than likely it was metal fatigue.
  4. Chuckie

    Chuckie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Over 15 yrs not a once have I balanced a blade, I have a toro 52" wb that was one of my original mowers, still use it here at the house. The spindles pulleys have a groove worn in them from the deck belt, but never replaced a spindle in all that time. Greasable spindles. Ran toro for 15 yrs. Switched to Exmark 60" mowers this year, so we will see how these ungreasable spindles hold up.
  5. SproulsLawnCare

    SproulsLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 365

    It should stand to reason that you need to clean the blades a little before you sharpen them in this case. However; the caked on stuff should also be somewhat evenly distributed on the blade since it is spinning at a very high speed.
    I don't think I would want to trust the plastic cone balancers too much. They are made of pretty cheap plastic. They do make metal ones that seem to be a little smoother operating and likely more accurate.
    Any time you spin that piece of metal the size of commercial mower blades, with that kind of weight, I can't see how anyone would think that it wouldn't hurt the bearings that support it. Maybe not over night, but they will wear out much sooner than they normally would. The vibration that they would cause would be somewhat isolated by the chains, or other linkage that support the deck. You wouldn't likely feel that much of it, even if was fairly bad. You may not notice it at all with all of the other vibrations that the machine is making.
  6. walker/redmax

    walker/redmax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    I balance my blades before they go back on the mower. It only takes about 30 seconds of my time and it cant hurt. Walker 48" and 52"
  7. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    I take a wire brush to my blades, then I sharpen them, then I balance them. My X father in law taught me that. Been doing it that way ever since.
  8. 1fstws6

    1fstws6 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 1

  9. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Once again it has been proven that LCO's can run their businesses differently from one another and still find success. Balancing or not balancing...seems like something you'll never get everyone to agree on, just like Chevy vs. Ford. It's another question that finds an answer that's neither right nor wrong, just a personal preference.

    IMO balancing a blade probably a good thing for a very short period of time, but I don't do it for various reasons. I used to balance each blade but quit doing last year because of the very reason someone else mentioned...have you ever taken off a dull blade and checked to see how out of balance it is?? Don't scrape it down, don't do anything to it, just throw it on whatever you use for a balancer and 99% of the time that blade will not be in balance. At what point did it become unbalanced? How long has that blade been used while being out of balance? You don't know for sure, it could have hit something right away and been out of whack the whole time.

    But again, we all run our businesses differently and whatever you feel works best in your situation...do it. Now does anyone know how to manufacture rain???

  10. 2nd Chance

    2nd Chance LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 86

    One thing that putting a blade on a balancer will do is tell you if it's bent or not/ the blades you buy are seldom balanced perfectly. But it can't hurt to balance a blade, better safe than sorry

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