Is it normal to...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by slickfifty, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. slickfifty

    slickfifty LawnSite Member
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    replace and/or sharpen blades every 4-8 working days?
     
  2. windsory

    windsory LawnSite Member
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    yes it is...
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    That would work. For us, it is a bit more frequent than that. About 8 hours of mowing (actual mowing) on each machine. If something happens, and a blade hits sand or something, they are immediately pulled and swapped - right on the spot (only takes about 2 minutes for all tools to be put back away).
     
  4. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    I try to sharpen my blades every 10-12 hours or so depending on conditions. I go a little longer than alot of guys but it works for me. If I hit a big sand pile or something though, I go ahead and slap on a spare sharp blade right on sight.
     
  5. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 739

    I've got baseball bats swatting my grass. Haven't sharpened my blades.....except at the first scheduled maintenance. Even then, the dealer told me I put them on upside down. Couldn't get the scalp right. Thought I reinvented the wheel. Nah. Just an idiot. And a lazy one at that.
     
  6. mississippiturf

    mississippiturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    I change out or sharpen blades every 10-12 hours. Seeems to work out fine for southern grasses.
     
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    With the Fire Ants we have down here it would be pointless to change out the blades everytime you hit sand. You go 10 feet, hit a mound and then change out the blades. Go another 10 feet, hit another mound and do it again. After a while you kinda figure out that razor sharp blades aren't that important and just sharpen them every week.
     
  8. slickfifty

    slickfifty LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your help.
    I am paying fifty dollars for a set of blades. Is there a cheaper way to buy them?
    OR will a few sets work to change out and sharpen for each mower?

    I just started mowing about six months ago.
    Growing up we only changed the blade when it started digging into the ground and jerking the machine around!
     
  9. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    musta hit a few stumps eh? :dancing:

    I haven't changed mine in about 30 hours or so. They are still doing a good job. Gonna sharpen my other set today and then change them out since it's service time for the mower.

    As with everyone else, you change them when they need changed. If you're just batting the grass down, skipping patches, etc. it's time to change/sharpen them.

    Always good to have a spare set or 3.
     
  10. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,123

    Keep in mind guys that Sharp Blades can mean the difference between health grass, and unhealthy grass. Grass Blades are Shredded instead of cut when a dull blade is used. This happens way before the point that the blades are missing patches or knocking grass over. This is a big invitation to disease. If you care about your customers, and how their lawns look, change your blades often. If you want to be like the scrub pulling a murry behind his station wagon, don't.
     

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