Blade Sharpening vs New Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Babbages01, May 24, 2013.

  1. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I have a magna matic, it's some of the best money I have spent in my lawn care business. It has more than paid for itself over the years without question.

    It is a big pill to swallow initially, especially if your not having to sharpen a bunch of blades weekly in the season. From time to time, you'll see a used one for sale. Snag it up if the price suits you, you'll be glad you did.
  2. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Mmmmmm, that new undies filing. :laugh:
  3. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I am not a commercial operator but have 5+ acres to mow mostly fescue and some weeds/bahia?. Am particular about my blades and just purchased a Ferris 3100Z with the Vanguard 36 hp. Intend to change blades/sharpen every 10 hrs. or so. At around $28 for 3 blades to have sharpened figure I can pay for the Magna in about 3+ years and in the meantime do my own sharpening and balance.

    While it's a big up front expenditure I like doing my own work and doing it well. Maybe even pick up a few users who would like to pay me less than the dealers to sharpen.

    Unless someone has a better suggestion I think I'll stick with my stock Ferris blades as they seem to give a good cut. Have read the postings of Magna users and all seem to be positive. Would like to do some of my families mulching blades on their smaller mowers but the Magna 8000 is a bug jump in price for that ability. Would like to hear from any users and any blade comments. Not sure where to order these blades when the time comes other than my dealer? I have two sets now.
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    daily is overkill for a solo operation. weekly is the most i would do them. after a week they are still in pretty good shape. if i go 2 weeks they start getting pretty dull but they still cut fine.

    heck back when i only mowed my own yard i never sharpened blades the whole season. i just put a set on and mowed all season before i checked them again. never had an issue of the blades not cutting the grass good.

    i live in the south so we mow the grass shorter. the grass cuts easier when you mow shorter since the blade is stiffer the closer to the ground you get.
  5. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Running 2 trucks 1 guy per truck so basically solo. Blades are changed out every other day on each mower roughly 8-10 hours. There is no way we could go more hours without sacrificing cut quality.

    One really needs to look at hours on the blades versus days. If you don't have a lot of accounts you obviously aren't running a lot of hours per day so you can go several days to a week or more versus a guy with a full schedule like us we can't go more than 2 days without getting sharp blades put on.

    Also we are in the South and we don't cut shorter than 3 1/2" and most of our Floratam lawns are cut at 5". So not everybody in the South cuts the same types of turfs.

    Also we have sandy soil and the Bahia grass that has silica sand in it really wears on the blades. Lots of factors involved.
  6. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I do mulching blades on our Bradley sharpener. It isn't designed for it but really with wavy mulch blades I just do the flat ends with the Bradley and most of the time the wavy part is still plenty sharp, when the wavy part starts to get dull I'll hit it with an angle grinder with flap disc.
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    :laugh: You made my day How hours of the day you cut? Should say how many hrs you put on a mower per day??????
    Mowing grass is like a Barber Shaving, You wouldn't like it if the Barber only sharpen his razor once a week would you?
  8. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    Homeowner here, cutting 3.3 acres with a JD345 (48") and a Landpride groomer (72"). We in Cajun country we are fortunate in having Southland Engine. They sharpen & balance any blade for $3 each. They have my business.

    Ferris IS2000Z in my very near future.....
  9. farmmower

    farmmower LawnSite Member
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    That is cheap balancing.
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  10. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Yes.... I spoken to some people years ago, and discovered that Southland Engines did this service to it's very large number of LCO customers, and then opened the service to "everyone".... That made me so happy.....

    :usflag: *trucewhiteflag* :usflag:

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