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Advise on blade wear....from the pros

kippert

LawnSite Member
Location
shreveport, LA
I have a Hustler Z 60" cut w/ 23hp kaw..and live in nw louisiana where it is very dusty in the heat of the summer and my blades seem to wear down very fast ...I have several questions.....

How often do you guys sharpen your blades...where do you get them (too expensive at the dealer $14).....is there a better blade that will last longer than the hustler product...thanks for any advise
 

mowerman90

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Spring Hill, FL
Buy Rotary blades for a Bunton. They will fit the Husky. If you search hard on the internet you can find them for less than $7 each with about $1 per blade shipping.
 

cantoo

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Ontario, Canada
I'm getting tired of you Americans complaining about blade prices. I just bought some new blades for my Bobcat 61" 3 blades at Dealer #1 were $99.88(US$73.33)
Dealer #2 was $86.07(US$63.19)
J Thomas in Michigan is $38.82 (US$28.51)
Last year I bought most of my stuff in Michigan when I was there working. We're planning on a buying trip in a couple of weeks. Belts are almost double here, tires are close to double but the biggest problem is that most of the stuff just isn't available here whithout ordering it from the US. I'm only 3 hours from J Thomas not counting the bridge waiting time.
 

battags

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
N.E. Ohio
Originally posted by cantoo
I'm getting tired of you Americans complaining about blade prices. I just bought some new blades for my Bobcat 61" 3 blades at Dealer #1 were $99.88(US$73.33)
Dealer #2 was $86.07(US$63.19)
J Thomas in Michigan is $38.82 (US$28.51)
Last year I bought most of my stuff in Michigan when I was there working. We're planning on a buying trip in a couple of weeks. Belts are almost double here, tires are close to double but the biggest problem is that most of the stuff just isn't available here whithout ordering it from the US. I'm only 3 hours from J Thomas not counting the bridge waiting time.
Maybe this is a stupid question, but why can't you order from J-thomas and have it shipped to you?
 

cantoo

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Ontario, Canada
If I order and have them shipped across the bridge the government nails me for duty and taxes. If I bring them over there is no duty at the bridge. Besides it's a chance to go back over and see some friends. I worked in Michigan for 2 years. ( I miss some of them good looking Michigan girls).
 

brucec32

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
Atlanta, GA
Ain't socialism grand? So much for FREE healthcare.

As for the blades, I bought them in bulk from catalog sources for a few years and gradually built up quite a supply. That way I could sharpen them when I had time, and just pull them from the stack when things were busier. During peak times I could go quite a while w/o spending time on sharpening.
 
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