If you have come to give your lawn that first cut of the season, only to find that the blade is no longer able to cut as it was intended, don’t worry as eSpares can help you out with this problem!
If the original blade has gone beyond the point of being simply sharpened, and you need a new one but have never fitted a new blade before, this helpful guide will show you how to do it.
The blades on the lawnmower, if maintained and occasionally sharpened, can last for sometime - but eventually the blade will need to be replaced. If this is the predicament you are faced with and are just not sure how to do it, keep reading and we'll talk you through it.
This video shows how the blade should be fitted to correctly cut the grass.
This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.
What You Will Need:
Step 1 - Safety Advice
Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.
Step 2 - Removing the Old Blade
So to start we need to first remove the old, worn blade and to do this you need to use the Flymo spanner. This multi-purpose tool would have come with your lawnmower and is primarily used for unscrewing the bolt which holds the blade in position.
Along with a scraper, which can be used to remove the built-up of muck which may have become stuck to the underside - making it difficult to fit the spanner flush before unscrewing the blade.
When removing the blade you need to ensure that the blade doesn’t move - otherwise you’ll be unscrewing for hours. With the help of a heavy duty glove, proceed to take hold of the blade while you unscrew the blade.
Step 3 - Fitting the New Blade
With the old blade removed you can now replace it - If you have an old style blade you may notice the design has now changed, however don’t worry because it's the same but has just had a design update.
Notice the spacers under the blade, this allows you to raise the or lower the blades - we do recommend not to use more than two spacers at a time though.
So with the spacers in place and your new blade ready - make sure that the completely flat side faces the grass (most blades will indicate this but if yours does not always remember...flat to the grass) insert the bolt and begin screwing by hand - after a while to ensure the blade is secure use the spanner.
Please Note: Don’t over tighten as this could be difficult to remove when you come to replace this new blade later on in the future.
Once the blade is nice and tight you’re ready to put it to work and get that garden trimmed, ready for those days relaxing in the garden with your favourite summer beverage!