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I was told when i bought my mower " don't bother with sharpening your blade just come in and buy a new one"
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I guess BORG just wants to sell more blades. If your blade is still in good enough shape, sharpen it. They sharpen easily because they are a bit soft, but it will make your mowing experience that much better. Instructions how to sharpen it are in the mower's manual. 
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For those who are wondering, BORG is Mikespeak for Home Depot.
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That seems like silly advice.  We have users on this forum that sharpen their blades several times a season.  I sharpen mine at least once before and once mid season.
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I sharpened mine for the first time at the beginning of the Season (on my second season) and it makes a difference. It needed it, I miss picking up some of the fir tree cones and the odd bits of branch which tends to nick and dull the blade on my lawn. I sharpened it while on the mower because I have not been able to get it off the machine. The factory torque on the nut must have been turned If someone has trick to getting the blade off the mower please share. 
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Use a bigger wrench with a longer handle.  Leverage is the key.  Or slide a pipe (or vacuum tube suggested by some) over the wrench in order to create a long handle and the needed leverage. 
Some nice leather work gloves work great to hold the blade still while turning the nut.
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An impact driver will usually do a quick job of taking the nut off, just remember to have it set to turn the correct direction; lefty loosy righty tighty :-)
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After sharpening remember to check the blade balance: clamp a nail or a screw driver with a round shank in the horizontal position. Position the blade so that the nail or round shank of the screwdriver supports the blade through its center hole.

Balance the blade horizontally. If either end of the blade rotates downward, remove some metal from the heavy or lower end until the blade is balanced. It is balanced when neither end drops 
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The replacement blades for the 20-inch and 21-inch mowers are available on Home Depot's website. Some stores have the 21-inch in stock, some don't. Either way, you can order them to be shipped to the store nearest you for free.