This step-by-step lawn mower repair guide explains how to replace a lawn mower blade. Check the lawn mower blade often during mowing season to make sure it's sharp and intact. Replace the blade with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if it's dull, damaged or bent. A dull blade tatters the tips of the grass blades rather than making a clean slice. A damaged or bent blade cuts unevenly and can make the mower vibrate excessively. Consider keeping a spare mower blade on hand, so you can install it right away to replace a dull or damaged blade.
Follow these steps to replace the cutting blade in Craftsman, MTD, Troybilt, Toro, Husqvarna, Murray, Snapper and Ariens walk-behind lawn mowers.
This video explains how to replace the blade on a walk-behind lawn mower.
Disconnect the spark plug wire
Disconnect the spark wire so there's no chance that the mower could accidentally start.
Disconnect the spark plug.
Remove the blade
Remove the fuel tank cap.
Place a plastic bag over the fuel tank opening and reinstall the fuel tank cap to prevent gasoline from leaking out through the fuel tank cap vent.
Tilt the mower back to lift the front wheels then secure the mower handle to your worktable to hold the mower steady.
Wedge a block of wood between the mower blade and the deck to keep the blade from turning when you loosen the blade bolt.
Loosen and unthread the blade bolt while holding the cutting blade to keep the blade from falling.
Pull the blade, blade support and blade bolt off the crankshaft.
Remove the blade bolt.
Install the new blade
Position the new blade, blade support and blade bolt on the crankshaft and hand-tighten the blade bolt into the crankshaft.
Wedge a block of wood between the mower blade and the deck to keep the blade from turning when you tighten the blade bolt.
Tighten the blade bolt to 500 in.-lbs. using a torque wrench.
Remove the wood block.
Release the mower handle from the worktable and lower the mower to the upright position.
Remove the plastic bag from the fuel tank.
Install the new blade.
Reconnect the spark plug wire
Push the spark plug wire back onto the spark plug.
These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your walk-behind lawn mower.
Replace the ignition coil if it isn't sending electric current to the spark plug when you pull the recoil starter rope.
The flywheel key couples the flywheel to the engine crankshaft. Replace the flywheel key if it's broken.
The drive cable engages the transmission to spin the drive wheels and move the mower across the grass. Replace the drive cable if it's broken or frozen up inside the sheath.
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