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Old 05-22-2014, 09:42 PM
DXN1EL DXN1EL is offline
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I have never undestand the "balancing a blade" the bearings on the spindles can handle a 1 ton side load easy.
I just grab the blade put on the table, grab a C-clamp clamp the blade grab my 7" angle grinder and grind.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:01 AM
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I balance always, eliminates vibration.
Take anything out of balance and spin it at a high rpm and things tend to wear/weaken. I've seen deck cracks around the spindles on others machines so I do what I feel, if not balancing works for you rock on. I also believe the sharpening thing gets over thought, Clean straight edge and mow on.
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:56 AM
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I keep looking for the extra few hundred bucks for a magna-matic, but in the meantime I made a balancer out of an old spindle with light oil on the bearings and mounted with the shaft horizontal. I did not used to believe that sharpening was necessary, but have changed my tune.

The tune that led me to sharpen them was the vibration I felt with unbalanced blades. Maybe it doesn't hurt anything, but it irritates me. I sharpen and balance with the spindle, which takes more time than would a magna-matic and I feel no vibration.
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:04 AM
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Nice I like that idea for a balancer who would have thought
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:37 AM
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It worked good for me because I wrecked out an old deck so the spindle was free. If you have to buy a new spindle put the money toward a magnamatic instead.
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:08 AM
DXN1EL DXN1EL is offline
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My Chimcon mower uses timing blades so the blades have an oval shape center hole I am guesing that if need a blade balancer I would have to make my own?
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:20 AM
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My Chimcon mower uses timing blades so the blades have an oval shape center hole I am guesing that if need a blade balancer I would have to make my own?
I'm not familiar with the hole you describe, but I would expect that the Magna-Matic would center on it. There is a Magna-Matic guy who posts on here. Post this question for him and I expect you will get a response.
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