I brought this Howse 5ft cutter back in the late 1980s when I got my 9N.
It has been problem free except have to weld up a few spots/add some angle iron, even drive shaft u-joints are OEM. Using same over running coupler too, it gets greased with each use.
In past I have never removed the blades to sharpen them, just propped up mower and used a big angle grinder.
Yesterday hit a few rocks, have done this hundreds/thousands of times?
One of the blades bent. How has this never happened in the last 30 years?
Question is, should I take blades off, fix bent one with a press, sharpen and re-use? Besides one being bent they still look to in good shape.
Other question is how much of a PITA will it be removing the mounting bolts? Tips on this?
I can get new blades delivered $85. Good price and is quality of steel as good as original?
Should I get a new bolt set in either case?
Cutter is well used but gearbox has never leaked and deck won't need any welding soon.