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Old 06-05-2012, 08:13 PM
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Blade Sharpener for the Little Guy

So as of now I have been sharpening my blades with a hand-hand grinder with a flap disk. Thought I was doing pretty good unto I was in the dealership and saw the perfect sharpening they had done for another customer. I only cut 2 full days a week and sharpen at the end of each day. Should I stick with my method or purchase a sharpener? Im not looking to spend a crazy amount but something that will last and give me a good sharpening. Thanks

And yes I did a search but im more looking to see if it would be worth it with my business being so small.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:38 PM
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Does it cut good when you sharpen them? If it aint broke...
You could take them to get them sharpened one time and see if it cuts any better.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:50 PM
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You could do like I do with my chainsaw chains. Sometimes depending how good I am I can sharpen them by hand several times before I take them in and have a gauged angle put on them by grinder. That said I use an angle grinder w/ flap disk and have been pretty happy.
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:57 PM
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Get a Bradley off eBay, I got mine for $190 shipped. Offered him 160 plus 30 shipping. Best $190 I've spent in awhile. Makes blade sharpening easy. Get a perfect angle and very easy to use.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:02 PM
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Subscribed, I am in the exact same situation. My hand held Makita just takes too long and the blade gets ground deeper in different areas. Not straight at all. Sharp though
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:26 PM
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Get a Bradley off eBay, I got mine for $190 shipped. Offered him 160 plus 30 shipping. Best $190 I've spent in awhile. Makes blade sharpening easy. Get a perfect angle and very easy to use.
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Same here had a Bradley for a little over 2 years now I think. Some of the best money I have spent in the business. Makes getting a sharp blade that leaves a flawless cut easy.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:48 PM
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Angle grinder does just fine, and I still haven';t seen any other grinder that can do the wavy blades?
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:11 PM
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I just purchased a bradley. Sharpens blades fast and accurate.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:56 PM
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Bench grinder for many years now. Knock off all the dirt and grass with the brush side and give em a quick once over with the grinder side. Cheap and easy. I sharpen 5 or six blades every morning this way. Of course I have two guys pulling them off and handing them to me and putting them back on after they're sharp. That does make it a little faster.

One tip with a bench grinder. Give it one quick swipe on the back side so the two sharp edges meet. I know it says not to do this in your manuals but in my experience it helps.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:51 PM
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This is just one of those cases where you pay to play.

Because check it out, those grinding wheels on the Oregon that I have are $100 a piece and they don't last me but 5 years or so.
And that's the 12" wheel, granted the smaller wheels are cheaper but they also wear out a lot faster.
They are not maintenance free, the wheels wear unevenly so you'll need to dress them, a good wheel dressing tool costs $50 or so.
As it wears out every so often it needs to be re-adjusted in terms of height so that the angle stays true.
Smaller wheels require even more frequent dressing, adjustment, and replacement.
I spent $300 to have a 1.5 hp motor with a 12" wheel so I'd have power and reliability.
That $190 Bradley is only a 1/2hp motor with an 8" wheel.

You could always get a regular 4.5" grinding wheel, that's the wheel most angle grinders come with, the grit makes for a rougher edge but I used to sharpen my blades for ...
I think one of those grinding wheels lasted me several years, grinder and all it cost me a $20.

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One tip with a bench grinder. Give it one quick swipe on the back side so the two sharp edges meet. I know it says not to do this in your manuals but in my experience it helps.
I've always done this and for the same reason.

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