How Much Does a Lawn Mower Blade Sharpening Cost?
Lawn mower blade sharpening is an integral part of good lawn maintenance. Sharpening the blades of your lawn mower applies to everyone since all lawn mowers have blades, and is very important for a few different reasons. First, if the lawn mower’s blade is dull, it will pull on the grass rather than cutting through it smoothly. This can damage the grass rather than helping it grow fresh. Another reason that you should have your lawn mower blade sharpened is that the lawn mower itself will run more smoothly, therefore prolonging the life of the mower. Finally, have sharp mower blades will shorten the amount of time you spend working on your lawn since your machine will cut the grass flawlessly and quickly. The costs for lawn mower blade sharpening will depend on the size of your blade, whether you perform the job yourself or have it done for you, and the company performing the job.
How much does it cost?
- If you want to sharpen the blade yourself, you will need a grinder which you can buy for $30-$50. This is a one time cost, and can therefore save you money over time.
- If you want to choose a professional, lawn mower blade sharpening can cost $5-$15 per blade. If you remove the blade and bring it to them, the costs can be around $5 less.
- According to Sharpeningshack.net, lawn mower sharpening services usually cost around $15 per blade.
What is going to be included?
- When sharpening your lawn mowers blade, you can either choose to sharpen it your own or you can hire a person to sharp it.
- When bringing the blade into a professional shop, all they will ask if for you to remove the blade from the bottom of your lawn mower. This can be done by using the right sized wrench.
- During the process, the blade will be placed against a grinder until the blade is shiny and sharp. It should look just like the blade did when you first purchased the lawn mower.
What are the extra costs?
- The cost of a sharpener is something to consider if you are going to do it on your own for the life of the lawn mower.
- If your blade is too dull and old, you may need to buy a new one. New blades can cost anywhere from $15 to $25.
- If the professional finds other problems that are wrong with the mower, you may need to have additional repairs done.
Factors that influence the price:
- Degree of dullness. If your blade is extremely dull, you may have to spend more.
- Type of hired person. If you hire a professional person then you will be paying more than hiring a person that is not a professional.
Tips to know:
- Always think about your safety if you to do the sharpening your own. Turn off the lawn mower before taking off its blade and make sure that there is no way for it to start up while you are taking the blade because you might have your fingers cut.
- It is best to pay for a professional sharpener than to do it by yourself without the assistance of others. A proper blade sharpening will preserve the value of your lawn mower.
- The blade should not be too sharp like a razor blade. It should only be as sharp as a “butter knife.”
- You should sharpen your blades at least once a year. If you allow the build up of grass clippings and debris in the blades, the blade sharpening may not work and you may have to purchase new blades.
- If your blades are beyond sharpening, do not let the salesman talk you into purchasing a new lawn mower. Your actual mower is probably perfectly fine and you just need to purchase a new blade or set of blades.
How can I save money?
- You can probably save if you do the sharpening all by yourself. All you have to do is to further research about how to do it step by step. However, you can save more if you let it sharpened in a professional sharpener if you are a first timer with sharpening your blades. FamilyHandyMan.com has a nice step by step guide.
- If you can, remove the blade ahead of time. Most companies offer discounts for those that do. If you bring in the entire lawn mower and ask the company to remove, sharpen, and put back on the blade, you will be charged much more.
- There is probably a good chance that you have a neighbor or know someone that has a grinder. Rather than paying for your own, maybe ask if you can use someone else’s. You could even go in on one with a neighbor to save you both some money.
- If you clean your lawn mower blade before taking it in for a sharpening, you will probably be charged the minimum since the company can do it in just a few minutes.