Your lawn edger blade will eventually need to be replaced over time. A worn down blade will be difficult to push through turf. Whenever it becomes difficult to use, this is because the blade is dull and is not cutting the way it should. Luckily, replacing the blade on your lawn edger is something that can be done easily and quickly. You will simply need to have the right tools for the job. Make sure that you replace the blade before it gets to be too dull. Allowing the blade to become extremely dull can cause your edger to end up having to work extra hard. If you happen to have a gas powered lawn edger then you will end up having to use extra gas because of all of the power that will be wasted because of the dull blade.
Step 1 – Prepare
The first thing that you will need to do is prepare the edger for the replacement. You will begin to do this by disconnecting the power that goes into the lawn edger. This will prevent it from turning itself on while you are replacing the blade. If you are working with an edger that is gas powered, simply disconnect the spark plug. The electrical edgers will need to be unplugged before you can work on them. Make sure that you have your work gloves on before you begin.
Step 2 – Remove Blade
In order to remove the blade, you will begin with one of your adjustable wrenches. You will position it where it is on the shaft that is directly behind the blade. From there, then get the other adjustable wrench and place it in front of the nut on the blade. The blade will be able to be removed from there. Make sure that you remove all of the washers and remember where they were so you can easily install them in the correct spot later on.
Step 3 – New Blade
It is typically a good idea to go purchase the new blade once the old one has been removed. This way, you will be able to take the old blade with you so that you will be able to get the correct one. However, if you know exactly what blade to get then you can get the blade before you take the old one out.
Step 4 – Install
In order to successfully install the new blade, you will need to simply work backwards on how you took the old blade off. You will need to make sure that the washers are put in the correct location and that you are able to put them back in in the right order. Once the washers have all been put back in you will be able to screw the nut back into place. It is then time to get both of the adjustable wrenches positioned the same as before. Tighten up the nut and you are finished.