New Blade Sharpening

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ken50, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Posts: 142

    Do you guys sharpen your new blades when you get them, or run them as is? I just bought a John Deere mulching blade from my dealer for my JX75 and it doesn't even seem like it is sharp? Don't they come sharpened?
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    "seem"...seems to be a relative term here.

    I would think if they DON'T "seem" sharp, you should dress then down a bit so that they DO "seem" sharp.

  3. EastTnLC

    EastTnLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    I sharpen my gator blades when I get them because the paint is so thick. But I only make about one pass on the grinder.
  4. turftammer

    turftammer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    just remember a blade doesn,t have to have a razor sharp edge to be sharp
  5. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    Doesn't and shouldn't
  6. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Posts: 142

    Why shouldn't it have a razor sharp edge? Wouldn't it cut better then?
  7. jestermg

    jestermg LawnSite Member
    Posts: 48

    wouldn't be more susceptible to damage being razor sharp?

    A razor sharp edge would be more prone to damage, thus making it dull more quickly.
  8. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Posts: 142

    Dumb question, but how sharp is sharp enough, and how sharp is too sharp? Guess it just takes experience huh?
  9. not only do they come dull ..also useally un balanced.....i get mine razor sharp and change em often ..when the grass is growing heavy ..i change the blades 3 times a day.
  10. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    I always check new blades for balance. They are usually out. I only sharpen if I think they need it.

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