I bought an angle grinder about 10 days ago. Historically, I have sharpened blades with a hand file. A recent purchase of a ZTR with thicker blades makes the job more difficult with a file. My question for you who use an angle grinder (I know there are some because I checked threads before I bought mine): How do you hold the blades when grinding? I ask the question because I wanted to sharpen with the wheel turning TOWARD the cutting edge. However, after much rotating of the vise, changing the safety shield on the angle grinder, etc, I find the only way that seems to work is having the wheel rotating AWAY from the cutting edge. I have settled on the vise grips being parallel to the workbench, mounting the blade horizontally, flat. This leaves me with one cutting edge on one side of the vise, the other cutting edge on the other side of the vise. I have the handle on my angle grinder mounted on the left side of the unit. Grabbing the grinder in my left hand (with on/off switch within easy control), and my right hand on the extended handle, I can hold the grinder at an angle so that the wheel is flush with the sloping cutting surface of the blade. With a good light above, I can easily see where the wheel is cutting and make any adjustments. Moving the grinder back/forth, I can get the surface ground flat. I turn the blade, and do the other end the same way. Also, I now take a hand file to touch up the first end. And, turing the blade again, the file is used to touch up the second end. How do you use your angle grinder for sharpening? I'm looking for how you hold the blade in the vise, where you position yourself, how to align the grinder, etc. Or, is my configuration the best one? Thanks. P.S. Save the suggestions about getting a blade grinder. I'm a small operator and don't have that many blades to sharpen (about 12 per week), and I don't want to spend $300 for something used so infrequently.