Which model to buy?

Discussion in 'Magna-Matic' started by Sonnie Parker, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    That must be one heck of strong magnet.


    I just placed my order online for the combo 1 package.


    Thanks for all your help.
     
  2. Magna-Matic

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    You better believe it is a strong magnet, it is our design, and back in 1998 or so we increased the magnet strength by 15% or so.

    If you ever see any imitation balancers - knock offs - they have very weak magnets - they are only able to hold up the lightest home owner blades. Stens and Rotary sell these knock-offs.

    Thank you for your order Sonnie,
     
  3. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    According to tracking I'm supposed to receive my 9000 and the balancer tomorrow.

    I'm excited..... especially if my blade sharpening time is going to drastically reduced.

    What I'm not excited about is all this rain we are having. I can't remember the last time it didn't rain 3 days straight. For over 3 months now it has nothing but rained almost everyday. Talk about some bahia grass growing quick. Eckkkk!
     
  4. Magna-Matic

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    Remember Sonnie, if you have any questions or are not getting the quick sharpening times... call us for some help.

    In WI we have also been getting quite a bit of rain - i think we've had enough as well.

    Take Care,
     
  5. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Hey Gerd,

    Got the sharpener in today but the balancer wasn't in the box.

    Any idea when I'll get it in?

    Thanks,

    Sonnie
     
  6. Magna-Matic

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    We will try to get it as soon as possible, perhaps late next week.

    I apologize for the delay,

    What is your impression of your new MAG-9000?
     
  7. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Gerd.

    For now all I've done is take it out of the box and give it a look over. It's quite the heavy duty machine I expected.

    I placed a magnum gator blade up on it to kinda see how it would lay as I moved it. I was thinking that I might need to extend the blade platform out a few more inches to enable myself to easily keep the blade flat as I move it back and forth. Even though I only sharpen the outer few inches of the curved blade, when the center part of the blade moves off the platform so that I can sharpen the last inch or two, it turns due to the blade design. I'll be changing to the flat style blade when these wear out so it may be a moot point.

    I'll probably give it a first use on Saturday. I plan to sharpen the blade on my 20" push mower as a warm up. It's a flat gator blade so I shouldn't have a problem with it.

    I'll let you know what I think of the performance after I test it out. Remember though, I've been using a Craftsmen bench grinder.
     
  8. Sonnie Parker

    Sonnie Parker LawnSite Member
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    Hi Gerd,

    Got my balancer in today... thanks!


    Question for ya... this vacuum guard is huge. I didn't know they made a shop vac that big until I checked at my local hardware store and sure enough they have some 2 1/2 inch fittings, although no shop vacs that size.

    It seems everywhere I go I see the 1 1/4 inch shop vacs.


    Bottom line is the vacuum guard is not doing me much good since I can't find anything that will fit it or I can't find anything that will reduce the size down to fit. I did find a reducer but the 2 1/2 end is the exact same size at the vacuum guard and won't slip over or inside of the guard.

    Any suggestions short of buying a new shop vac?

    Thanks again!
     
  9. Magna-Matic

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  10. Sonnie Parker

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    In other words there are no suggestions short of purchasing a new shop vac. Oh well. I really don't need a new shop vac as mine does a fine job (except for the sharpener fitting). If nothing else the guard helps divert the metal and grit from flying everywhere.


    As far as the balancer I haven't used it yet but will let you know my experiences once I do.


    I can say I have used my 9001 sharpener a few times now and I really like it. It is very fast and has saved me a great amount of time in sharpening my blades. I haven't quite got the time down to a minute of less per blade but I'm getting the hang of it. Over time I think I can be there, none the less, it doesn't take me 15 minutes per blade and the grinding wheel is barely worn after 10 blades have been sharpened. I haven't timed it but I'd say I'm at about 2 minutes per blade, remember I'm slow. Still remarkable. As well I no longer stand up to sharpen my blades since I built a nice stand for my 9001. I can actually sit down now while sharpening.


    Ultimately I firmly believe it has been a good investment.
     

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