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Pay for sharpening your blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by drsogr, Jul 25, 2004.

  1. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    How could anyone pay to have someone sharpen their blades? It is so easy to do, I tried it for the first time with a 4" DeWalt bench grinder, worked great. I am sure someone around here is going to give me cra* for just now trying it. I have read alot on here about the Magna-Matic balancer. I would like to get a quality balancer. Does anyone else make a quality balancer? Theres look nice, but I figured I would look and see if there were any more companies out there. Is it really safe to spin a blade just being held by a magnet, or does it not spin really fast? I have never seen one in action.
     
  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Now with many employees (none of which could properly sharpen a blade to save his life) I have so much to do I would love to farm out the BS task of blade sharpening. It is a miserable task and I always find myself sharpening in a rush on a last-minute basis because I have no sharp blades on hand, just dozens of dull spares.

    Would like to know what to expect to pay per blade if I drop of 24+ at a time with a shop for expert sharpening and balancing.

    KB
     
  3. SouthernFried

    SouthernFried LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 273

    Never sharpened a blade in my life. Don't have a grinder, no desire to get one.

    I drop off 6-12 at a time at a local shop, they charge 1-2$ a blade. One thing less I have to do.
     
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    I know a guy here locally that has been in business for about 13 years, has 150 accounts and still pays $4 a blade to be sharpened.

    Shoot me a PM drsogr, I have a quality balancer laying around.
     
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    Now that's worth it.
     
  6. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    I would have to say $1-$2 is worth it! Although even if it is a good deal. I always think there is a lot more pride when doing it yourself, if you have the time. Its just like bring your car to walmart to have the oil changed, the price is right. But you have to drop the car off, time when to be back, or just sit around for an hour and a half. When you could have spent a couple of minutes and did yourself. Heck you didn't even have to leave your house.
     
  7. $5 per blade here
     
  8. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    I've started sharpening my own. Use a little grindstone that goes on the end of my electric drill. Doesn't do as fine a job as a real grinder, but with a little practice its gotten the job done.

    My dealer charges $5 per blade, so thats at least $10 per week or more for a 36. Plus, now they make you wait at least a day to get them back. Hard enough to find time to stop by the dealer once a week. They used to do them while I waited.

    Thinking about buying an inexpensive bench grinder to make the task easier.
     
  9. ken50

    ken50 LawnSite Member
    from tx
    Posts: 142

    Hey Southern Fried, where is the shop that does the blades so cheap? Do they use an angle grinder, or is it done on a blade sharpener? I might be interested in taking mine there...
     
  10. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    A guy up the street works at a metal shop and has a grinder in his house. Sharpens all our blades for free. Hes really good at it and gets all the knicks out.
     

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