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Old 05-26-2013, 04:36 PM
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I have 4 sets of blades that I rotate as needed. Sometimes once a week sometimes twice. I can get a couple good seasons out of them. My blade sharpener is set up at 30 degrees per Oregon specs. I have heard in sandy areas blades wear really quick.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:36 PM
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How often on blades for 5 acres

I mow 5 acres about every 5-6 days on my property. Mostly tall fescue but some weeds and a "wild" grass - forget what you call it. I've read here that operators are sharpening blades every 8 hours or so. How many hours of mowing should I do before sharpening? The mower is new but started out mowing some property that had gotten behind and was pretty tall. The mower is a Ferris IS3100Z.

I have an extra set of blades so can drop a set off at the dealer and keep ready. Have not learned how to sharpen them myself yet so feel better having someone do it that does a lot of them.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:01 PM
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Hello,

Use the 8-12 hour range. The hour meter on the mower is an easy way to check it.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:07 AM
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yes i sharpen every 2 weeks. I'm solo and average mowing hrs on the ztr each day is about 3-4hrs. Some days it's only 1-2 hrs. I only work 4 days a week.

I could probably sharpen them every week but i get lazy.
blades need to be done daily, how do you ever get done doing it every other week??
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:29 AM
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If he's only doing 3-4 hrs 4x a week wouldn't once a week be ok? How are you guys sharpening? Removing blades every day or sharpening with angle grinder on the machine. My local dealer wants $28 to sharpen my 3 blades (I remove them) on the Ferris but I'm only mowing my 5 acres, 3 hrs. per week and plan to go with Magna recommendation of 8-12 hours.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:43 AM
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I sharpen new blades before even putting them on a mower. Your lucky if 1-10 new blades come balanced already.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:04 AM
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What method do you use to balance and sharpen. I have set of new blades to be put on shortly but they seem to be sharp - do not have a balance device yet.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:49 AM
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Hello All,

Here is a link to our balancer, Magna-Matic invented the product in 1958.

MAG-1000 Blade Balancer
http://www.magna-matic.com/mag-1000.html

Here is a link to a video showing how it works.
http://youtu.be/QR4T0kXmv40

Here is a link to a video showing the balancer features.
http://youtu.be/QIik_9uxKOo

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Old 06-06-2013, 09:55 AM
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I know Gerd, looks like a great product but still trying to justify $1100 for the Lot 3, 9000 service system. Would take me 4 years to make it worth it as I'm not a commercial operator. Just my 5+ acres.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:05 AM
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if he's only doing 3-4 hrs 4x a week wouldn't once a week be ok? How are you guys sharpening? Removing blades every day or sharpening with angle grinder on the machine. My local dealer wants $28 to sharpen my 3 blades (i remove them) on the ferris but i'm only mowing my 5 acres, 3 hrs. Per week and plan to go with magna recommendation of 8-12 hours.
ok, but not ideal, yes they come off everyday, takes less than 5 minutes per machine, but i do have five sets for each mower, so i sharpen on sundays and have a set for each day that week.
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