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Old 04-20-2012, 09:11 AM
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least expensive blade sharpener

I am looking for a good blade sharpener that will do the whole length of the cutting surface, not just the first four or five inches. I want something decent that does not cost an arm and a leg. Notice I said least expensive not CHEAP! Does anyone have any ideas?
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:55 AM
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This has been discussed at length, however I ended up going with a 4.5" grinder with a flap disk. Any dedicated grinder I liked was more then I could justify for only having a few mowers. Plus the angle grinder has more then one use. Just my .02 Good luck !
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:08 AM
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I also use an angle grinder. I keep a new set of blades to check the angle and I use a cheap balancer to check the balance. Works for me.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:14 AM
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Cheapest? Hand file. Works guuud!
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:23 AM
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Cheapest? Hand file. Works guuud!
That would be the cheapest option that works well. A rock would be the absolute cheapest.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:30 AM
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I looked at all the stats and decided/hard facts that those $300 + grinders are a scam. I went and bought an 8 inch wheel ryobi bench grinder with adjustable bench angles. $60 and it works just as good plus it has 2 wheels. I can go buy a nicer stone for $15 after the original wears out. Yes I have used a magna matic and a neary so I can compare. Don't waste your money. I have a year on this grinder so far and it's still flawless and my blades come out perfect.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:34 AM
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I will vouch for a bench grinder. I bought mine at Harbour Freight and it does just fine. I only have a couple mowers and a few sets of blades. IMO, the MM is a waste of $900.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:00 PM
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i got the bradley blade sharpener off of ebay for $200. it sharpens about 6" of the blade. that's all you need to be sharp anyways since most of the cutting is done on the outer 2"-4" of the blade. it works really well.
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:16 AM
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I looked at all the stats and decided/hard facts that those $300 + grinders are a scam. I went and bought an 8 inch wheel ryobi bench grinder with adjustable bench angles. $60 and it works just as good plus it has 2 wheels. I can go buy a nicer stone for $15 after the original wears out. Yes I have used a magna matic and a neary so I can compare. Don't waste your money. I have a year on this grinder so far and it's still flawless and my blades come out perfect.
I was looking at the MM after reading about it on here a couple weeks ago, then went to their page. I studied that photo for about 30 minutes on all the angles then headed to my shop to experiment on some old blades, where I have a bench grinder. I adjusted my shelf, looked at the new blades next to the old ones, and adjusted the angle that I was holding it accordingly. I'll be blunt about it, I was very impressed with how well I did it, especially since I've been doing it on my own for several years now. Granted I did have to study the MM design to accomplish it but I think I duplicated the MM in 15 minutes of experimenting. The only issue I have is now I need to change the rough left wheel with the finer right wheel on the grinder. Since they weren't 30 degrees after my old way of grinding them, I took off some metal. I don't want to take so much off anymore.
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