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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kansasmower, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. Kansasmower

    Kansasmower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    how do you sharpen blades and what do you think works best ?
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    Use the search function. This is a topic with lots of history. Also welcome to Lawnsite.
  3. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Posts: 360

    I have mine done now but I' going to purchase a blade sharpening machine this season
  4. LynyrdSkynyrd

    LynyrdSkynyrd LawnSite Member
    Posts: 179

    The best tool that I have found is a portable belt sander with 120 grit belt.

    The flat foot of a belt sander makes sharpening any blade at the same factory angle a breeze. Plus they do not get the blade as hot as when using a 4 or 6" angle grinder.

    Tip time:
    Only grind on the same side that the blade was origianlly ground on. It gives you better cutting results.

    Myself. I will even sharpen new blades to suit my taste in sharpness. :p
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I use a dedicated blade grinder from Lesco (Neary brand). Works very well.
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    I use a bench grinder and blade balancer.
  7. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    4" angle grinder and hoping to get a magnamatic balancer soon.
  8. amar

    amar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 203

    10" rbg grinder $450 ok results Getting the angle is and issue.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I have the Lesco (Neary), but dog GONE is it slow! Something I DID do to my grinder, was put a longer piece of steel on the table (approx. 8" by 2 1/2"), to better stabilize the blade as it runs through the grinder. Otherwise it just teeterd to much, and didn't get a clean, consistent edge. If the blades are all set at a decent angle, and it's just used for touching up relatively decent blades, it's fine. However, if there is a knick or something in the blade, and some has to be taken out of it, then this grinder is way too slow. When I first got this grinder ($30 from a friend that used it once, and parked it to buy a RBG), I took all my blades over to my friends shop, and set the bevels on his 1012-C. Now, THAT'S a grinder!

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