Blade Sharpener for the Little Guy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandFakers, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    So as of now I have been sharpening my blades with a hand-hand grinder with a flap disk. Thought I was doing pretty good unto I was in the dealership and saw the perfect sharpening they had done for another customer. I only cut 2 full days a week and sharpen at the end of each day. Should I stick with my method or purchase a sharpener? Im not looking to spend a crazy amount but something that will last and give me a good sharpening. Thanks

    And yes I did a search but im more looking to see if it would be worth it with my business being so small.
  2. Bashby

    Bashby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 446

    Does it cut good when you sharpen them? If it aint broke...
    You could take them to get them sharpened one time and see if it cuts any better.
  3. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    You could do like I do with my chainsaw chains. Sometimes depending how good I am I can sharpen them by hand several times before I take them in and have a gauged angle put on them by grinder. That said I use an angle grinder w/ flap disk and have been pretty happy.
  4. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    Get a Bradley off eBay, I got mine for $190 shipped. Offered him 160 plus 30 shipping. Best $190 I've spent in awhile. Makes blade sharpening easy. Get a perfect angle and very easy to use.
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  5. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,456

    Subscribed, I am in the exact same situation. My hand held Makita just takes too long and the blade gets ground deeper in different areas. Not straight at all. Sharp though :)
  6. 360 Lawn Service

    360 Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    I just purchased a bradley. Sharpens blades fast and accurate.
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  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Same here had a Bradley for a little over 2 years now I think. Some of the best money I have spent in the business. Makes getting a sharp blade that leaves a flawless cut easy.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,207

    Angle grinder does just fine, and I still haven';t seen any other grinder that can do the wavy blades?
  9. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    Bench grinder for many years now. Knock off all the dirt and grass with the brush side and give em a quick once over with the grinder side. Cheap and easy. I sharpen 5 or six blades every morning this way. Of course I have two guys pulling them off and handing them to me and putting them back on after they're sharp. That does make it a little faster. :)

    One tip with a bench grinder. Give it one quick swipe on the back side so the two sharp edges meet. I know it says not to do this in your manuals but in my experience it helps.
  10. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
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