Oregon Blade Sharpener

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by craigs lawncare, May 4, 2004.

  1. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Since the places around my area are all charging $4 per blade for sharpening, I decided the purchase of a blade sharpener would pay for it's self in about a year.
    This brings me to my question.
    Does anyone have/use Oregon Blade Sharpeners?
    What do you think of them?
    I'm not ready to spend half a grand on a blade sharpener but Oregon has one for about $275.00 that looks pretty nice. It has a 1/2 horsepower motor on it.
    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Craig

    :)
     
  2. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Have you considered a bench grinder?
     
  3. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Actually, yes I have but I cant get that nice smooth edge with a bench grinder like can be had with a blade sharpener.
    I cant think of the name of the company but someone actually makes a device that can be mounted to a bench grinder. It gives you a flat surface to steady your mower blade. Now I don't know how well that would work, but it would be a cheaper alternative.

    Craig
     
  4. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 527

    I haven't tried it yet but the best cheaper alternative method I've heard is putting your blades in a vice and using and angle grinder on them, with a carborundum fabric backed disc.
     
  5. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    C Man,

    I would imagine if you had a very steady hand this could work for you. Personally, I want a nice smooth cut. I think a good blade sharpener would make your blades last longer because you don't have to take as much off when sharpening.

    Craig
     
  6. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    It's hard to believe no one has an Oregon blade sharpener that could comment on how they like it's performance.

    Craig:)
     
  7. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    I have a new Magna Matic. I know this doesn't help with your question but the result is the same. Th edge from a properly finished and balanced blade is worth every dime you will pay. I purchased both the sharpener and balancer factory direct for 799. I think you can get them for less from other sites. I would definately purchase a balance with you unit. That alone helps the ease of cut and the wear on bearings and spindle shafts.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Tim
     
  8. Tonyr

    Tonyr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,973

    I use a bench vise and a block to lay the blade on with 2 bolts and wingnuts to secure the blade, very cheap and easy and I have a Makita 4'' grinder and I have no problem getting great edges.

    However....as I would love a better system import costs prevent this, but a company that sponsors this forum called
    http://www.magna-matic.com/ makes a great product by the looks of things.

    I hope you get more feedback about the Oregon sharpener, I'm keen to hear the feedback too.

    Good luck,
     
  9. viking72

    viking72 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    A vice, an angle grinder and a nail on the wall for balance.
    KISS always the best!
    Later,
    Doug
     
  10. chuckwk

    chuckwk Founder
    from KC, MO
    Posts: 634

    You might be able to get a half ass sharp blade with a vice and angle grinder but the nail on the wall for balance is one of the biggest industry mistakes IMO.

    You can only imagine the short and long term damage a bad blade does on your mower and productivity.
     

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