Anyone use the Oregon Blade Balancer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by snowjeep, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    I did a search and nothing specific on this one. I know the magnas are the best but I would rather drop $75 than $200. I got anal about blades this season and it showed in quality of cuts. So this spring I am going to ditch the nail in the wall. How do you like the oregon unit?
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    Anything is better than a nail stuck in the wall. Even those goofy little cones.
  3. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,777

    Don't know anything about them, but will next year as I ordered on yesterday after reading your post. I have a Magna-Matic blade sharpener, and couldn't be happier, but just could not see $200 in one of the balancers. I figured I'd take a chance on the Oregon for $88.90, shipping included.
  4. Ruben Rocha

    Ruben Rocha LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    I have the magnamatic balancer and I am extremely happy with it. I had to return it due to metal filings got trapped in the slide. Operator error.
    They fixed it and machined it back to specs. With no charge other than shipping costs.
  5. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    Get the mag, without a doubt the best product out there and with customer service that can't be beat.
  6. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 572

    At less than half the price of the Magnamatic it's more than worth a shot. Like Richard said, it's better than a nail in the wall.
  7. ixlr8

    ixlr8 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I have the Oregon blade balancer. Previously the only balancers I have used is the nail on wall and a plastic cone balancer. The Oregon is much nicer but is sensitive to mounting. The mounting base must be vertical, otherwise it seems to bias the level. I have also had 2 issues; 1- sometimes the blade is not properly centered on the cone, I find it works best if place blade on cone at an angle, move magnet to blade and then in a controlled manor rotate blade into position against the magnets. 2- if your skin is between the blade and the magnet when the magnet snaps to the blade... ouch!! Those magnets are strong!
    It works much better than the plastic cone/nail in wall and it works well enough that I find it hard to justify the extra cost of the magnamatic one.
  8. GraZHopA

    GraZHopA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    You can get the Magna-Matic Demo Balancer for $159.00. It only costs a little more to go first class.
  9. jimhoffman

    jimhoffman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    You can get the Magna-Matic Balancer on E-bay for 147.95 with free shipping. Item number is 270493595465.

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