Question about using my Magna-Matic

Discussion in 'Magna-Matic' started by DLAWNS, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey guys...first I wanted to say I love my Magna-Matic! It has saved me so much money and time already and has given me better sharpened and balanced blade.

    I have a couple questions about my sharpening technique though. Sometimes when I'm sharpening my blades the end of the blade will still be kind of dull and a little thicker than the rest of the sharpened blade if that makes sense. Am I pulling the blade away from the grinding wheel too fast or is there another explanation for this? Other times when I am really having to work on a really beat up blade, after a while it tends to leave a rough finish on the sharpened edge...I'm not sure why. I'm sure these are problems with my technique as these problems only happen sometimes. Also how do I know where to start sharpening? I feel like the length of the sharp edges of my blades is getting closer to the center of the blade. And how do I know when a blade is just too used up to sharpen anymore? My last question is how do I know when it is time to change the grinding wheel?

    I will be needing to order a new box of wheels and possibly a new work table as I think I might have put the wheel a little too close a few times and worn mine down quite a bit. Do I order this stuff on the website? Sorry for the ridiculous amount of questions. These are just all things I have been meaning to ask about all season just kept forgetting. Finally thought to finally post it today. Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    hey dlawns, nice thread as we just picked up a magna matic at GIE and are selling our old wall rbg.

    i am curious in whatever this turns up as i have not even unpacked it yet . we do sharpen alot of blades though and i look forward to much less mess and i breath way too much metal dust as it is now.

    we got the rolling stand and such, all the goodies
     
  3. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dude, you won't be sorry. It is an awesome machine. I'm jealous...I didn't know there was a stand that rolled, lol. I have the stand but mine is stationary. I just pull it a foot or two away from the wall when I use it.
     
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Use a dust mask to reduce the metal dust in the lungs. Even with the shop vac going.
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  5. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I should really start doing this huh? lol
     
  6. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would think it would reduce issues later in life. I got a box of 50 by the sharpner.
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  7. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ya know, I'm usually so cautious about stuff but I never really thought about that. I actually have a box at the shop and will definitely start using them. Thanks...
     
  8. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Bill, approximately how many blades do you sharpen at a time and how often? You sharpen daily or weekly?
     
  9. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
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    It really depends, I have a few sets for each mower so sometimes I will just keep changing them until I run out. I probably have approximately 25 blades so sometimes I will do every one of them at once and sometimes I sharpen as I go to keep up on it. I don't sharpen daily. Usually once a week depending on conditions. In the spring when the grass is really thick or a lot of wet thick grass conditions I will sharpen twice in a week.
     
  10. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I kinda figures. I have to get a few more accounts next year to justify a magna-matic. I'm sure it makes life ALOT easier!
     

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