Where do y'all buy you 80 grit pads for blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FIRESCOOBY, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok guys, need some help.

    Looking for some help on where/what to buy for sharpening my own blades. I've used my bench grinder, but I want to try the angle grinder.

    I bought a $20 B&D at walmart, but have not been able to find the 80 grit pads everyone is talking about. I did find some 120 grit pads, but can't find what I need to place it on my angle grinder. I bought a backing pad, but it won't work with my grinder.

    When I take 5 sets of blades to the shop for sharpening (every 2 weeks), it's costing me around $40. That added up last year and I could have bought a blade sharpener. I want to try the angle grinder, and if that doesn't work...I'm gonna look into a lower end sharpener. It'll pay for itself by year end.

    Thanks
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    About everywhere has them.

    You just have to find the right thing for your particular angle grinder.

    Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, ect all have them.
    You have to get the more expensive ones to get any use out of them though.

    Honestly, I don't buy the single pads for the angle grinder anymore.
    Instead, I get the flap sanding disks.

    I think I get the Dewalt or Irwin kind.
    The 'business end' looks like this.

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  3. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    envy is wright, get the flap pads. thats what i use on my dewalt angle grider. i just clamp the blades in my vise and go to town. willie
     
  4. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks ENVY, a picture helps alot.
     
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
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    and those work better than a metal grinding wheel on the angle grinder....???
     
  6. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 210

    i think they work alot better
     
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Layered sanding disks. Like Envy posted a pic of, are what Iv'e used for YEARS. I have found that some brands are better than others. Often times the hardware stores/ tractor supply carry JUNK brands that don't hold up and aren't worth the money. Home Depot carries Norton brand, which are quite good. I recently found our store carries a 40 grit. I love the 40 grit! Much faster sharpening, less heat-up of the blade. Typically I was using 60 grit. I wouldn't bother with 80 grit. That's just too fine IMO. You will be spending too much time trying to sharpen and you will just blue the blade and ruin the temper (hardness) of the blade.
     
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    I gotta get to the Depot and try the 40 grit.
     
  9. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    great info .......thanks
     

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