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Rougewave
07-02-2005, 12:29 PM
Like one of these..........do you think its worth the $$$ I am looking at one for 400 bucks


http://www.smallenginedistributors.net/BG-121.JPG

Fantasy Lawns
07-02-2005, 12:35 PM
http://fantasylawns.com/RBG1.JPG

I have a 3/4 hp RBG ..... very nice grinder ..... it was like 4$$ something off eBay ...

tacoma200
07-02-2005, 12:37 PM
Like one of these..........do you think its worth the $$$ I am looking at one for 400 bucks


http://www.smallenginedistributors.net/BG-121.JPG
If your going to spend that kind of money go with one of the top two brands. I think R.B.G. is a top brand the other is Magnamatic. I haven't used either but someone on Lawnsite can tell you which is best for the money. I use a file but I only have 2 mowers.

tacoma200
07-02-2005, 01:16 PM
Looks like you a little behind on the sharpening there Fantasy Lawns.

lawncare4u
07-02-2005, 10:04 PM
Like one of these..........do you think its worth the $$$ I am looking at one for 400 bucks


http://www.smallenginedistributors.net/BG-121.JPG



check with Travis at wacolandscapesupply.com he carries the 88-021 and 88-023 Oregon they are good grinders

iluvscag
07-03-2005, 12:53 AM
We use an old grinder that will keep up with any newer one. This one is from the 70's, I don't know the name or make of it. I do know you sit down to do it. I would still put it aginst any blade sharpener. :)

tazman
01-12-2006, 11:14 PM
I just bought off of ebay a RGB 1201-B grinder that looks like the one pictured in this post for $154, including freight. My question is, how are you suppose to sharpen the blade? It did not come with a manual. I have some what of an idea, put was curious if any one could provide me with any more information. It is in pretty good shape with a good grinding stone on it. Thanks in advance for any info.

cgland
01-12-2006, 11:31 PM
We have the same setup as fantasy. It works great. It helps us keep the blades balanced better and also helps them last longer.

Chris

Green-Pro
01-12-2006, 11:40 PM
I use an Oregon blade grinder, been real pleased with it.

mowerman90
01-12-2006, 11:56 PM
I've had a Magnamatic blade sharpener for several years now and wouldn't be without one. My friend has one like you show so I've compared them. The Magnamatic is more money but to me it truly is worth more money.

CutInEdge Lawn Care
01-13-2006, 12:24 AM
We use the R.B.G 2100. Works excellent!! The only thing I am considering is experimenting with a different wheel. One that is supposed to run cooler (Ceramic). Any thoughts on this? Good Luck!!

6'7 330
01-13-2006, 12:32 AM
We have two magna-matics; an investment worth every penny .Due to the magna-matic higher RPM'S, blade burn is greatly reduced. Using the cut off edge as a guide, you get the perfect angle every sharpening.

Blades Lawn Care
01-13-2006, 12:32 AM
We use an old grinder that will keep up with any newer one. This one is from the 70's, I don't know the name or make of it. I do know you sit down to do it. I would still put it aginst any blade sharpener. :)
Same here. I have one from the 80's, it's just a simple bench grinder with the stone on one side and the metal bristles on the other other. Works like a charm, I couldn't see spending $4xx on a grinder. :eek:

JKOOPERS
01-13-2006, 01:10 AM
i used a magnamatic at the louisville expo and i really wasnt impressed with it at all. the good i can see from it is that you cant burn the metal but i can sharpen a blade on my 1 hp bench grinder in less than 60 secs so why spend $800 to do it ?

rodfather
01-13-2006, 07:47 AM
We just purchased an Oregon bench grinder this week. 12" wheel, 1.5 hp, and spins at 7800 rpm. It is sweet to say the least. Purchase price was around $725.

rodfather
01-13-2006, 07:49 AM
We use the R.B.G 2100. Works excellent!! The only thing I am considering is experimenting with a different wheel. One that is supposed to run cooler (Ceramic). Any thoughts on this? Good Luck!!


I tried a ceramic on my RPG once...it did run cooler, but seemed to take longer to sharpen the blade.

6'7 330
01-14-2006, 04:17 AM
i used a magnamatic at the louisville expo and i really wasnt impressed with it at all. the good i can see from it is that you cant burn the metal but i can sharpen a blade on my 1 hp bench grinder in less than 60 secs so why spend $800 to do it ?

You must have been using improper technique, 60 secs on either our 8000 or 9000 ,and presto the blade is ready to put on the balancer.And it does not take eight bills to get the 9000.

lawn_pro
01-14-2006, 06:20 AM
We use an Oregon...I think the same model as rodfather....that thing works great

POPO4995
01-14-2006, 06:25 AM
A Delta bench grinder....$60 at Farm+Fleet.

Green-Pro
01-14-2006, 11:57 AM
We just purchased an Oregon bench grinder this week. 12" wheel, 1.5 hp, and spins at 7800 rpm. It is sweet to say the least. Purchase price was around $725.

Wow!! that seems kind of high Rod. I just looked up on QB what I paid for mine (exact same grinder) $613.16, that was with tax. I bought it from my regular equipment dealer at his cost.

Your right it is a sweet machine IMO

befnme
01-14-2006, 04:14 PM
i use a regular 1 hrs. bench grinder w/2 ghrinding wheels . no problems here .paid like 80.00 for it.

Itsgottobegreen
01-14-2006, 04:47 PM
I got a neary 410. Best $250 I have ever spent on used equipment.

nitrotim
01-14-2006, 05:02 PM
Same here. I have one from the 80's, it's just a simple bench grinder with the stone on one side and the metal bristles on the other other. Works like a charm, I couldn't see spending $4xx on a grinder. :eek:


I haven't seen your signature line before but correct me if I am wrong. Is that what I think it is pulling your trailer. If so you should call yourself LIGHTNING LAWN SERVICE. FASTEST IN THE BUISNESS. lol

P & L Turf
01-15-2006, 12:32 PM
I got one just like it only different! Mines black and red, and I think I got it for $350-$400. I caught it on sale at our local dealers open house they have every spring. Maybe look to see if your dealer does this. It may be a little cheaper.

3Bladz
01-17-2006, 12:19 AM
I had a RBG, sold it after I tried the magnamatic(free trial). I think they are a sponser here, or used to be. The magnamatic I bought is not the one for mulching blades but I didn't need that. It does not work as well for grinding the backwards blade for the Walker GHS. I have to take the guard off and turn the grinder around. But it is way faster and does not over heat the blades, which is a problem I had w/ the RBG. BTW I sharpen all blades everyday. The wheels don't last as long as the pretty red and blue ones but that is the key to how fast they work, and the cool cutting.

Richard Martin
01-17-2006, 04:58 AM
I use an RBG. Works fine.

Gumby
01-17-2006, 07:11 AM
I've got a magnamatic 9000. LIke it alot, it save me alot of time.

SWD
01-17-2006, 08:22 AM
I picked up an old Neary 450 model bi-directional grinder for $100.00
Works well, and in five years I have had to replace only two switches.
Keeping blades sharpened for eleven rotary mowers would be a bit tough with a bench grinder, I'm glad I have a rotary blade grinder.

lawncuttinfoo
01-17-2006, 12:03 PM
At what point does it make it worthwhile to purcase one of these multi hundred dollar sharpeners? I have one walkbehind mower.

Anyone use a dedicated sharpener that only has one mower?

rodfather
01-17-2006, 01:01 PM
At what point does it make it worthwhile to purcase one of these multi hundred dollar sharpeners? I have one walkbehind mower.

Anyone use a dedicated sharpener that only has one mower?

if you are going through 35 or more blades a week (like we do), it pays to sharpen them yourself

Littleriver1
01-17-2006, 02:26 PM
At what point does it make it worthwhile to purcase one of these multi hundred dollar sharpeners? I have one walkbehind mower.

Anyone use a dedicated sharpener that only has one mower?
When your time cutting grass becomes more valuable than the cost of the grinder and the time wasted doing it the way you do now. Right now it is something you want, not something you need. Unless you like having unused toys sitting around taking up money and space. Watch for the Oregon's to go on sale.

Green-Pro
01-17-2006, 05:10 PM
At what point does it make it worthwhile to purcase one of these multi hundred dollar sharpeners? I have one walkbehind mower.

Anyone use a dedicated sharpener that only has one mower?

Good answers from RF and Littleriver1 as to when to justify this purchase, I guess all I would add is when you can honestly say your time would be much better spent doing anything else that promotes business growth, or generates revenue as opposed to sharpening blades, using a piece of equipment that takes a great deal longer to do the task than a dedicated sharpner.
Is your time worth more working on other tasks than the time spent sharpening? Only you can answer that.

3Bladz
01-20-2006, 01:53 AM
If you can afford one, buy it if you know you'll need it in the future. You might as well be saving yourself the effort if you know your going to grow. I have had one ever since I had one mower, and always sharpened the blades every day. It is a good selling point to tell customers. I probably take off blades that are sharper than what a lot of guys put back on.