How to replace a black and decker edging blade
BLACK+DECKER Edger Blade FAQ
If you have the BLACK+DECKER edger blade or one of the other models, you’ll need to sharpen them after a while. To make it, you need a 10 or 12-inch mill file. A bastard cut mill file is recommended. This is because it is not aggressive and it protects your blade from potential damage. The blade should be sharpened by pushing the file over it; as opposed to pulling it. These are the steps to properly sharpen the blade.
The first step involves preparing all the tools needed. This should be done by using a wire brush or anything similar, to brush off any rust from the surface of the blade. This procedure ensures that the teeth on the file are not worn out by the rust on the blade. After brushing the blade, place it in a vice. The filing of the edger blade should be done starting from the inside towards the outside. Be sure to follow the blade’s cutting edge as you file. If there are any rough spots, gradually smoothen them out. After filing both ends of the edger blade, measure to see if both sides are balanced, by horizontally hanging it on a nail. The heavier side will be the one that dips. Continue filling the heavier side, until it is balanced with the other side. Finally, after sharpening the blade, lubricate both sides to prevent rust.
The old blades have to be removed carefully. Once this is done, prepare the new edger blades to be installed. Next, examine the spindle surface to make sure that there is no debris on it. This will further guarantee that the new edger blade is positioned right over the hub. The next step involves placing the blades over the spindle hub. The blade ought to over the hub and be placed in the center. After the blades have been placed, position the spindle nut on top of the washer. To do this, first, use your hand to tighten the nut securely. Then round up the tightening using a ratchet.
Inspect the new blade to ensure that it is fastened securely to the spindle. This should be done by testing the edger in a safe space. Make sure that you wear shoes with closed toes and eyewear to protect your eyes. Subsequently, the blades should be checked after each use of the edger, to make sure the nut is secured tightened.