Sharpening Blades

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chapandrew6, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. chapandrew6

    chapandrew6 LawnSite Member
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    I have never sharpened my own blades. Bought a new set and put them on tonight. Learned a lesson that its NOT good at all to run over small branches and stuff because my blades are chipped up. I am going to try and sharpen my own blades and see what happens. Does anyone have any suggestions about this? I have 3 blades and they are about 18" long. How important is the balancing of them? I have seen them sold but wasnt sure if i really need to buy that or if someone has an idea for a homemade idea of one if i really need it.
    Here is what i was looking at using:
    I am not a huge company. I only have 6 yards and about 3 acres a week that I cut.
    Thanks and hope I can get some good pointers.
  2. scagman52

    scagman52 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 356

    Why don't you take the advice you received from the guys in your other post and buy yourself an angle or bench grinder. if you want to buy that home cheepo stuff you might as well buy a hand file.
  3. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,578

    Yea, as above post said, that sharpener from home cheapo is junk. It looks like a toy. Spend the money and get the proper tools...i.e. angle grinder/bench grinder and a blade balancer.
  4. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
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    If you are only cutting 3 acres a week, unless you are doing extremely rough areas, you should be able to get by sharpening like once a month. If I were you, at this point, I'd just pay to have my blades sharpened and balanced. Probably run you about $3 to $4 a blade. That is what I did until my business grew to the point to where it became practical for me to buy a dedicated blade sharpener.
  5. CC Cutting Edge

    CC Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
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    Do blade sharpeners really work? If so whats a good kind to buy? i have never used one, i use a angle grinder to sharpen all mine and it seems like it takes forever to sharpen 12 blades every week
  6. bel-nor

    bel-nor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 194

    I always sharpen new blade befor using them. I have a Porter Cable bench grinder and it has saved me over $500 from last year. My most particular customer (female) complimented her cuts and futher asked what technique or new procedure was I using. This really suprised me and I explained I sharpen my blades more often with now having my own grinder. This customer also notices and comments on new equipment and all year has paid with a tip included. Believe me this is the last person I would expect this from.
  7. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. cimkill

    cimkill LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got a magnamatic 9000 which is a dedicated blade grinder and it has saved me tons of time and effort. They are worth it if you have alot of accounts, and can justify the cost. I also had a really positive comment from a resort we cut. They thought it was the operator of the ztr that took more care to cut it. They wanted me to get him to cut it and no one else. I explained that I had just got a new blade sharpener and that was the difference not the operator. :laugh:
  9. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,251

    I should of added, I dont think you need a dedicated sharpener yet, but as you can see in the vid they make it very easy to sharpen blades. I would just use an angle grinder if I were you but I would certainly recommend the balancer. There is debate on whether unbalanced blades actually damage spindles but they will make your life more comfortable with less vibration and noise.

    If mowing sticks you need to sharpen very regularly. I mow over just about anything up to an inch. The trees here constantly drop and cleaning up before mowing would take way too long. I only stop for 1"+ hard wood sticks. But I sharpen pretty much daily. Little and often and thats where the Magna is great. So quick and easy!
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I run over sticks all the time without chipping my must be something else. Personally I think balancing blades is very important and balance even my new blades...I have never bought a set that were balanced. You can hand sharpen them with a large bastard file, it's just a bit time consuming. Personally I use an angle grinder with flap discs.

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