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Lawn mower blades must be replaced after so many hours of cutting, and the steps in this instructable explain how to perform this simple parts replacement.

Broken, dull, damaged, and mismatched mower blades can cause a number of easily-noticed symptoms.

Damaged mower blades can cause excessive vibration in the mower, while dull mower blades usually get noticed by the ugly, irregular patterns they make in the lawn.

Mower blades can be sharpened several times to extend their life and ensure that your grass gets a healthy cut, but they can only be filed so many times before a blade replacement is necessary.

If you need to replace a lawn mower blade, you can do so at eReplacementParts.com

Homeowners can save themselves quite a bit of money performing simple repairs like this one. New mower blades tend to be reasonably priced, and mower blade replacements usually only require the use of a wrench.

For information about matching a replacement mower blade to your mower, please read the article, Lawn Mower Blade Measurements and Types.

Steps to Replace a Lawn Mower Blade

Mower blade mounting designs vary, but the basic steps are usually the same. Most mowers have use a very simple blade mounting design like the mower we use below as an example .

 
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Step 1: Set the Mower on its side

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Always set the mower on the side that does not have a carburetor so that the mower's fuel does not leak out.

Make sure the gas and oil caps are screwed on tightly before tipping the mower.

Step 2: Remove the Fasteners Holding the Mower Blade on

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This just means removing one nut on our example mower, and this is usually the case for most mower models.

Use one hand to steady the blade when first loosening the nut.

Step 3: Remove the Old Mower Blade

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Mower Blade Mounting Location
THANK YOU! Thank you for easy to understand instructions plus pictures. My boyfriend AND my adult son BOTH told me that I COULD/SHOULD NEVER set my lawn mower on it's side - EVER. I told them it was safe if I put it on the proper side - but they said there was NO "proper" side.
They agreed to settle on whatever YOU said, therefore I WON and was able to change my blade without any more interruption!
Thank You Again!
Shouldn't you disconnect the spark plug in order to make sure the mover won't start if you rotate the blade?
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I revise any statements i may have said over 2 years ago to: great do it yourself ible!
my great uncle would not agree with you, neither would his two missing fingers, you can get the blade to spin around once with the same amount of force it has when it is running by simply building up compression in the chamber, that is why they tell you to take the spark plug out to remove the chance of compression, also, all you have to do is turn the fly wheel to create a spark, and what little fuel is in the chamber will ignite and give that extra umph to kick that blade around. Please for the sake of your fingers, always remove the spark plug
you should disconnect the spark plug anyway even if it's one in 10000 it can happen.
toolrepair (author)  staplefaced4 years ago
For added safety, I would agree that disconnecting the spark plug is a good decision :)

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georion2 years ago
Small world !!!! i just ordered some parts for a mower from you guys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pfred23 years ago
I use a pneumatic impact gun to remove mower blades. Bang and it is done. If I had to do it with hand tools the last tool I'd pick would be a ratchet. I'd use either a breaker bar or the combination wrench like what you're putting the blade back on with. A few taps with a mallet or scrap of wood on the end of the tool in the direction you want to spin would loosen the nut fast.

I get dozens of sharpenings out of a blade too not just a few like you said. I sharpen my tractor blades every other cut and only replace them every other year.
rimar20004 years ago
I sharp it with the hand grinder. It functions!
Me too!
toolrepair (author) 4 years ago
Make sure to hang on to any mower pieces that help mount the blade, like the retaining plate pictured in Step 3.
That mower blade and nut look really clean compared to mine. How do you get the nut off when everything is covered with the green-black crud that won't come off?
I agree with rimar2000, all you need to do is sharpen the blade on a grinder.

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