Can it sharpen stainless steal

Discussion in 'Magna-Matic' started by Supertiger, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    I work for a city municipality and I'm in charge of the lawn maintenance and street department. Ive been looking at your grinders and believe it will greatly reduce the time spent sharpening our lawn mower and bush hog blades but we also have a Vermeer brush chipper that uses four stainless steal blades about half inch thick. These four blades cost 200.00 per set and they last about one month and we don't try to sharpen them because we haven't been able to use a hand held grinder with any success we only manage to burn them and make them wavy. the machine shop charges 200.00 to sharpen them so we just buy new ones every time. if your 8000 series can sharpen these stainless steal blades then we will save hundreds of dollars per year in wasted blades Ive got 10 sets of these 200.00 dollar blades that were only used one month and are now sitting on a shelf.
     
  2. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    this is what the stainless blades look like

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  3. Magna-Matic

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    Hello Supertiger,

    Yes the MAG-8000 along with our MAG-3001 chipper blade vise will take care of your problems with those large blades, and chipper blades.

    Please also keep in mind our guarrentee:
    http://www.magna-matic.com/support/mag-guarantee.html

    Keep in mind that on bush hog blades and other blades 1/2" thick you won't be able to hit the 60 second sharpening, but it will be a great deal faster than any bench grinder. Burning will also not be a problem with those blades for our equipment.

    Thank you for the pictures, it answered a few questions right away.

    Do you have any chipper blades longer than 8" ?
     
  4. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    No I dont have anything longer than 8". I do have a 5 foot side arm bushhog mower that uses 12" long blade tips that are rather thick. but most all the sharpening would be done on ordinary comercial lawn mowers.
     
  5. Magna-Matic

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    Hello Supertiger,

    I just noticed i didn't answer your original question about Stainless steel.

    Stainless steel will not be a problem for our sharpener, we may move you to a harder than OEM wheel, if you're doing A LOT of stainless steel.

    Also with stainless steel it is VERY important that you use a vacuum or air cleaner with the MAG-8000. Unlike standard blades, there is nickel in SS and you do not want to breath that in. Same goes for welding SS.

    What are you grinding that is SS?

    Thank you,
     
  6. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    The only thing i have that i believe is stainless steel is the Vermeer chipper blades.
     
  7. Magna-Matic

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    Are you sure they are SS? SS is a harder material and would be much more prone to breakage. Also i notice the pictures you provided the blades are rusting quite a bit, so that also leads me to believe they are not SS.
     
  8. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    I just assumed they where SS. the blades in the picture have been sitting on the shelf for a couple years and i didnt realize that they started rusting but they are so maby they arnt Stainless steal.
     
  9. MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Try putting a magnet to the ss blades if it is true stainless steel it will not stick,trust me i know .
     
  10. Supertiger

    Supertiger LawnSite Member
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    My local lawnmower shop told me that they re-terned a magna matic 8000 do to the motor didn't seem powerful enough to grind their walker mower blades with out the moter bogging down. I ask them if it were possible that there grinder was malfunctioning because i would seem impossible for a new grinder not to have all the power necessary to cut metal and since your company seems to be making money and still in business it had to be a faulty unit not just a bad design. Anyway ill never know what the deal was they are using a 1.5hp Oregon grinder for their mower shop right now.
     

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