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blade sharpening

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mike lane lawn care, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    Hello all. I was wondering about sharpening my blades, in the past i have just sent then to the dealer and they do it in like 10 mins and costs $10. but this year i am going to be doing more lawns and the baldes will need sharpening more often. i have a dremel 400 XP with blade sharpening attachment, the one thing the manual doesn't say is how to sharpen the blades. do i just glide it over the blade?, or it is worth it to get a bench grinder?
    thanks in advance,
  2. mow2nd

    mow2nd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 603

    You can buy a bench grinder for like $250 that is specially for sharpening lawn mower blades, ask your local dealer, or search ebay, i think thats where i got mine, (ebay) Very easy to use, it also makes sure you are getting the proper angel. As for the balance, just hang the blade on a nail, call me old fashion
  3. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    I use a Delta bench grinder....works fine for me and blades get sharpened every other day on everything.:)
  4. BufalinoLand

    BufalinoLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    I did the old $60.00 bench grinder for years what a pain

    finally went all in for the Magnamatic and balancer

    cost me 8 bills for the combo, night and day difference

    i have 4 21s, a 48, 52, and 61

    they each get new blades at the very laziest once a week

    if its in your budget, i would get the magnamatic
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,587

    many people here just use an angle grinder with sanding disks...... works great and cost about 20.00 much better then a bench grinder, that gets it too hot and the blade looses its strength (temper)
  6. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Ive got a blade grinder for sale. its listed in the marketplace section of this site. I used it for years. you adjust the angle by raising or lowering the wheel. Uses standard 6 inch wheels. I bought a bigger one so had no need for this one. make me an offer. Its a foley. Look at the pics.
  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    thanks for replies all !!!!!, i tink i will go with a grinder that a local outdoor power equipment dealer sells. but, just out of curiosity, has anyone every used the dremel?
  8. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    A grinder will get them hot and knock the temper out, but you can keep a container of water handy and dip the blade every so often just like sharpening large drill bits.

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