The Heart of Your Mower: Caring for Your Blades and Belts

 Whether using a push mower to tend to your backyard oasis or cruising through acres on a sturdy riding mower, one thing remains constant—the need to keep your mower in top shape to tackle the green sea of grass surrounding you.

Today, let us tell you about the unsung heroes of your mower—the blades and belts. These hardworking components may not get all the glory, but they play a crucial role in ensuring your mower runs smoothly and efficiently.

Why It Matters:

A well-maintained mower blade can make all the difference in achieving that clean, precise cut your lawn deserves. Dull blades not only harm the look of your grass but can also stress the plants, making them more susceptible to diseases. According to research, a sharp blade can reduce your mowing time by up to 50%.

When it comes to belts, they act as the powerhouse, transferring power from the engine to the blades. A worn-out or damaged belt can lead to inefficiencies and uneven cuts, costing you more time and effort in the long run.

How to Check:

Inspect Regularly: Before each mowing session, take a few minutes to visually inspect the blades and belts for any signs of wear or damage.

Sharpen Blades: If you notice nicks or dullness on your mower blades, it’s time for a sharpening session. You can do it yourself with a blade-sharpening kit or seek professional help if needed.

Tension Check: Belts should have proper tension to function efficiently. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended tension and adjust if necessary.

Replace: If you spot any cracks, fraying, or other visible damage on your belts, don’t delay—it’s time for a replacement to keep your mower running smoothly.


At Nelson Motors and Equipment, we see each mower as a trusted tool in your daily farming journey. By taking care of your mower’s blades and belts, you’re ensuring a beautiful lawn and extending the life of your loyal helper. So, show your mowers some love and gratitude by giving them the care they deserve.