New blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by redoak77, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought a set of new gator blades and they arrived today:) I was wondering if they need sharpening before i install them because they seem to have the black paint on them. I dont know if they need sharpenedor if the paint just gets shaved away after use. Thanxs
     
  2. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    nope, don't sharpen them. You will actually notice that the new blades will keep their edge for a descent amount of time
     
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always sharpen them first, because they are so dull. With all the paint, they are too blunt and don't cut clean - same as a real dull blade. Even with just scraping the paint off, they are still quite dull. I figure they are going to get sharpened anyway eventually, to work well, so why waste that much time cutting with dull blades in the meantime?
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    that is strange that you have that you have to do that Runner...when I get mine they always have a good sharp edge and they hold that edge for a longer time compared to the first time that I sharpen them
     
  5. I always sharpen and balance new blades 9 out of 10 times they are unbalanced as weel as dull .
     
  6. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I always sharpen new blades!!
    I have never seen a sharp new blade, and dont let my blades get as dull as a new blade. I am a freak about that. :)
     
  7. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
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    wow, Im surprised to hear that you have to sharpen new blades. The gators I buy could shave hair off your arm I mean they are really sharp. I have bought them from several different places also and there always sharp.
     
  8. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    All depends on what you call sharp! All the gators I have bought are painted and have no edge.
    Like I said I am a freak about it, and I dont use a bench gringer so I dont get a hollow grind when I sharpen, so the edge stays longer.
     
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    so am I. I am really surprised at the number that have to sharpen them
     

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