best way to sharpen an axe?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bigviclbi, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 894

    How bout it? I usually go to my buddies house and put them against the grinding wheel, it works but I don't really know HOW I SHOULD be doing it. Any tips?
     
  2. TURF DOCTOR

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    You might try striking bone with it this works.
     
  3. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    I alway have the wheel rotate toward the blade.

    Now that I'm back in business again, I put my small angle grinder under the back seat with a set of safety glasses. I like to sharpen shovels, ax, etc., several times during landscaping work.
     
  4. woodycrest

    woodycrest LawnSite Senior Member
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    use a file!
     
  5. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a bench grinder. However, way back in the day when I was in boy scouts, I recall using something called a whit(sp?) stone. It was like a flat stone that you would evenly scrape one edge of the axe on over and over. It worked, but took forever.
     
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    file works awesome..
     
  7. SCL

    SCL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    Watch out using a grinder if its a quality tool. You don't want to put too much heat in the edge or it wrecks the temper. If its a cheapy go for it.
     

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