Only sharpen the tip of the blade?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by siclmn, May 24, 2004.

  1. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 364

    I read that in this forum. Could this really be true? Have I been wasting hours all these years sharpening the whole blade?
  2. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Sharpen what ever was sharp fron the factory. Most blades are using about 4 or 5 inches. I have seen some mulching blades that were sharp to about 4 inches from the blade center. And at that point so close to the center, The blade isnt turning fast enough to cut anything.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I sharpen as close to the center as my RBG will allow. I can see where when cutting on perfect tall fescue lawns it wouldn't make a difference, but throw is some Dandelion, Plaintain or Bahia grass and the advantages become apparent fast. The more sharp blade the grass somes into contact with the better the chance it will get cut.
  4. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    I agree Richard, that is why eXmark is pushing the excalibur blades. They are sharpened further into the middle of the blade. I got a free set and they cut the weeds better than the regular blades.

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