blade sharpening

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rinker26, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. blakerugg

    blakerugg LawnSite Senior Member
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    agreed, a very good testimonial. is it actually easy to sharpen the blades with the magna?
     
  2. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,249

    Very easy! All you do is lay the blade flat on the little table thing and add some gentle weight to the wheel. Seriously, if done regularly (which is what you'll do) it takes only like a minute to sharpen and balance a blade.
    Using an angle grinder you have to put it in a vice, turn on the grinder, estimate the angle, be careful not to but the metal and yourself, turn off grinder, put down carefully, take blade out of vice, check balance, put back in vice grinde to balance bla bla bla. You get my point?

    Im not saying you have to get the Magna sharpener really, theres the RGB I think it is. Im just really saying its much easier to use a dedicated sharpener than anything else.

    I bet you couldnt find anyone who has regretted buying a dedicated sharpener!
     
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    yes, a dedicated tool is best, using an angle grinder is inefficient and wears the blade veyr unevenly. i have watched the videos and the magna does look to be the cadalac of sharpeners though and even faster than regular ones like the rbg we use now
     
  4. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i use a bench grinder and it works well when you get the hang of it
     
  5. mds2000

    mds2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    i ordered a magna matic balancer last summer awesome crazy how bad my blades realy were but duty after crossing into canada ended up being like 305$ can so am kind of waiting to get a few bucks before i order the grinder who knows how much it will end up being
     
  6. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    Grassman - I doubt he's serious (refer to his eyes rolling face).

    I use a bench grinder.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Nails? Fingers? To balance a blade? Don't even bother. Here a vid I shot of a comparison between a nail and a simple bearing.

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  8. bryansong

    bryansong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    That's a good idea!

    Thanks,
    Bryansong
     
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    To the guys that claim a nail in the wall will balance a blade, well a nail WILL NOT properly balance a blade period.
     
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I use pretty much the same thing as Richard and it WAY more accurate then a nail.
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