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How to Remove Craftsman Lawnmower Blades

By Kurt Erickson ; Updated September 21, 2017
A Craftsman lawnmower blade can be removed and replaced in a few easy steps.

Having a sharp lawnmower blade will allow you to keep your lawn healthy and looking good. Whether removing a Craftsman lawnmower blade to sharpen it or to replace it with a new blade, one should wear thick, sturdy gloves and eye protection to ward off injury. The blade on a Craftsman mower is located on the bottom of the mowing deck. It is attached to the engine with a bolt that must be removed in order to remove the blade.

Empty the fuel tank. Because a Craftsman lawnmower must be tilted or turned over to remove the blade, excess fuel in the tank can leak. The gasoline can be removed by either siphoning it off or by running the mower until the tank is empty. Do not begin this job until the mower is cool.

Disconnect the spark plug wire on your Craftsman mower. Tilt the mower on its side in order to expose the blade and its connecting bolt.

Place a block of wood in between the blade and the mowing deck to make sure the blade cannot rotate while you are loosening the connecting bolt.

Determine the correct size wrench or use locking pliers needed to remove the fastening bolt that secures the blade to the motor. Loosen the bolt until the blade can be removed.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Wrench or locking pliers
  • Wood block
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection

Tip

  • Use this opportunity to clear away old grass that has built up on the underside of the mowing deck.

About the Author

 

Kurt Erickson has more than 20 years of experience writing for newspapers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. He is a 1987 graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science in communications. Erickson currently resides in Springfield, Ill., where he covers Illinois state government and politics for daily newspapers in Bloomington, Decatur, the Quad-Cities, Carbondale, Mattoon and Charleston.