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Old 06-06-2012, 06:38 AM
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Had a Bradley, tried the Magna matic and gave the bradley away-Magna matic well worth the money
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:03 AM
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I also have the Magna Matic along with the blade balancer! Sharp blades and better on the spindles when balanced..
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:29 AM
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I just use a flap wheel on an angle grinder. I've got a Magna Matic balancer and would love to have a Magna Matic sharpener but I can't justify it. I don't see how anyone short of a major landscape company with multiple crews could justify it. We cut almost 200 yards a week and it's too much for me to do.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:40 AM
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i use to use a flap disc but after a while the edge kept turning under toward the ground
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:46 PM
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I've had this thread bookmarked for a couple of years. Plan to get around to building one soon.

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Old 06-06-2012, 08:08 PM
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Thanks to you all for responding, still trying to decide
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:51 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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Old 06-07-2012, 05:05 PM
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What's the maximum blade size that can be used on the Bradley grinders? Will blades from a 60" deck be too big?

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Old 06-07-2012, 05:09 PM
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I have a DeWalt bench grinder that dies ok. I bought new blades this spring and I take them in to the dealer so they can sharpen them for me. I can go 2 weeks maybe 3 when they do it. With my grinder I'm sharpening them every week.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:09 PM
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What's the maximum blade size that can be used on the Bradley grinders? Will blades from a 60" deck be too big?

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My 60" super z blades sharpen fine, I can sharpen the last 5.5" on the blades, leaving only about 2" unsharpened, which is more than adequate in my opinion.
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