Save money, DIY fabricate replacement finish mower blades

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Posted by Brad on April 24, 2020 at 08:43:18 [URL] [DELETE] :

We had a discussion not too long ago about folks cleverly using rotary brush mowers with especially sharp blades to obtain cleaner cut (good enough, but not quite up to finish mower quality).

That got me thinking, so some research/reading later, found people made their own finish-cut lawn mower blades out of mild steel, & since DIY can be made in 15 minutes for about $3 a piece, versus cost retail somewhere around $27 a blade, it makes sense to fabricate something up saving yourself some money (especially if you enjoy tinkering and building things).

I suppose I'm not going to be satisfied until I try making a lawn mower finish cut type blade to go on my brush rotary mower and see if it gives improved quality of cut similar to a finish mower lol :-)

To make that happen it would be necessary to add guide wheels and a method of allowing the brush type mower to follow the terrain for evenness of cut (some have mentioned an affordable method using guide chains).

That sounds to me like a fun project and the cost of wheels and other accouterments to be much less than purchasing a finish mower.

In case you wanted to see how one fellow made his own finish mower blades and save some money, see URL link.

If you really want to be thrifty and save some time and material, you could always repair the lawn mower blades by welding in hey repair section and sharpening that. It is only cutting edge of blade that typically erodes from wear and tear, that needs refurbishment (remainder of Blade would last forever lol).

Contrary to popular belief (see URL for video proof) lawn mower blades are not made out of special hardened material, so welding repair sections is not especially hazardous, as blade's metal is nothing too specialized.

Myth is dispelled, manufacturer's "secret" is outed, so you can DIY and save some money (unless requiring some logo or sticker lol ;-)

No lawyers nor retailers were hurt in making this post, merely their pocket books (where it really hurts)! lol ;-D

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