Blade sharpening

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mattymax, May 17, 2014.

  1. mattymax

    mattymax LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    Just wondering how many hours you guys go between blade change outs? I did every 10hrs last year Overkill?

    Thanks
    Matt
     
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    NO I change about 5 mower hrs but you can go longer depending on your grass conditions. I use to cut a bunch of heavily fertilized augustine or sandy bahia. I think 10 is pushing it IMO here at least. At 5 hrs my blades were ten times easier to sharpen than at 10 hours. A lot of our conditions is consider wet in other areas. Most of our humid lawns are semi damp until noon. I believe wet lawns dull blades as fast as sand from my experience.
     
  3. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do them when they need it. Sometimes in the hot summer and the deck is up and the driveways are clean I get a week. Today there is still lots of dirt and grit on the private drives and I got a day. Just depends what you put them through. And yeah I blow stuff off with the mow-mow all the time. Saves a ton of time even when it is gritty and the blades show it. Rather do 10 minutes of sharpening than 2 hours of blowing with a blower. I should have came home today and touched up at lunch but rain was coming and I had to just keep on it.
     
  4. Chuckduck

    Chuckduck LawnSite Senior Member
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    how do most of you sharpen your blades? a actual blade grinder or a handheld grinder?
     
  5. minx

    minx LawnSite Member
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    we are doing every day.. we are out for 8-10 hrs, cuting approx 8 hrs.. we used fix grinder..
     
  6. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
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    Everyday I switch and clean deck really good, I rotate between 8 sets
     
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Each day I can mow 10-14 hrs I use a Oregon Blade sharper some day I sharpen 3 mowers some days Ill sharpen 6 mowers only run 3 mowers and next day run the other 3 mowers
     
  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
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    I really like that sharpener did you buy it new or used it comes at a hefty price lol, I still use a hand grinder got good at cleaning up/fixing other peoples destruction in the welding field when the company would bring in crackheads that did not know what they were doing it had to be fixed right peoples lives were at stake if not properly fixed.
     
  9. appalachianoutdoors

    appalachianoutdoors LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a lot of work, but its actually faster for me to use a bench grinder to square the cutting edge to take out big knicks, a side grinder to get the rough cutting edge and angle back, then use a Magna Matic sharpener to really put a great finishing angle and edge on it. Everything is set up on a work table like a process line.
     
  10. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
    Posts: 3,819

    That sounds very interesting how about some pics I would like to see the setup you have.
     

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