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post #1 of 8 Old 05-19-2017, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Straightening Blades, How Bad is it Really

This is a blade off my LT4000 that I use to mow the State ROW. I found an exposed root last week and bent the thin AYP blade. I took it and a 2 lb hammer to a stump behind the house and straightened it some. Cut quality up there is not an issue but projectiles are. Am I the only one who has considered doing this? I haven't put it back on yet. This post may cross into unsafe practice discussions. If so it can either be a cautionary tail or deleted at the Mods discretion.
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Re: Straightening Blades, How Bad is it Really

Wow, that was quite the hit. A little bit is one thing, but that is a lot !

Looking at the kink right thru the weak point at the hole, there must be minute stress cracks there on closer examination.

Definitely not something I would reuse. Probably lucky it didn't snap off the spindle and set the blade flying.

Just my nickle's worth...... for what it's worth.

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Re: Straightening Blades, How Bad is it Really

i have one just like the bent one
tree root got it

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I'm surprised you got it that straight again, lol... Nice job!

That said, I've bought these for $8.99 shipped (have Amazon Prime), and they're at least as good as OEM in my estimation.
At that price, I've never been too motivated to deal with the effort and risk of straightening them.

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I think I've decided not to use it. $8.99 is not much money compared to worrying about a blade end going through somebodies car. I'm going to take the deck off and make sure the spindle is OK, I've broke a few of those. I usually buy Gators but if Daddy John recommends the Maxpowers I might try them for $18 a set.
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Well, all I can really vouch for is that they didn't seem materially different from the original.
I don't tend to be too hard on mowers, so haven't bent any myself, or know what it takes to do so.
I just replace them on tractors that arrive in my garage with blades that are already bent.

The Maxpowers shown are kinda thin, no where near Gator blades or anything like that.
That said, so are the originals they're made to replace, so I can't really fault them for that.

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I just ordered a set. I took the deck off and the spindle is OK. I think the Gators would be less likely to bend but would transfer more force to the spindle. That force has to go somewhere, maybe bending a $9 blade is be the best place for it.
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lol i was looking out for the star as i took mine off
thinking it was broke off
the star was gone the day i got it had to fix it first thing

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