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Best way to sharpen blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sodgod, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. sodgod

    sodgod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I've been sharping blades for a few years now, i used to do it by filing them by hand but now that theres too many of them and too little time what is the best way. I know this guy who did them for me for free last summer and fall but sadly his health is not to good right now. I feel bad asking him so i need to start doing them again. I think he used a angle grinder with a metal sanding disc on it. Can anyone help me out on this one?
  2. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    Ive used a bench grinder and an angle grinder and i think an angle grinder works the best. I just use a little Ryobi with a 4.5 inch disk on it. I think it works pretty good. I use a C-clamp to secure the blade to the side of one of my benches and then grind it. I then balance the blade.
  3. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    I use a bench grinder, makes quick work of the blades.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Nothing will do as nice and quick as a dedicated blade grinder.
  5. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    I agree with 65 hoss. Magna-Matic grinder here.
  6. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,032

    I use a table belt sander. It doesnt give you a hollow grind like the wheeled grinders and it does a better job.
  7. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    How do they differ from a regular bench grinder?

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    i use a bench grinder . i wont make the jump to magna-matic until i have to sharpen 20 blades a day . i just have a stock pile of blades that way i dont have to sharpen blades everyday. i can do it when i have extra time. i always put sharp blades on everyday.
  9. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    There are many ways to get the job done. I managed for 10 years with a bench grinder. Just as there are many ways to cut grass, but a nice commercial mower is faster, a commercial blade grinder is faster. I got one last year. wish I'd done it sooner.
  10. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,170

    I bought a magna-matic about a month or so ago. I haven't used it much, all I've done is about 30 or so extra blades that were used last season, but I LOVE it so far! I think it's worth the cost, and if you dont buy the sharpner at least buy the balancer, it is just as important!

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