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Blade Cleaning

Fareway Lawncare

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Canada
Hello, I am about to begin the daunting task of blade cleaning.

I use a wire wheel on a bench grinder on the blades once @ beginning of season & then they are maintained w/ a wire brush prior to sharpening & balancing. Allot of the caked on grass is too time consuming to remove throughout the season.

I was considering dumping the blades in a vat w/some kind of solvent, perhaps paint thinner, for a few days & then pressure washing them instead of using the bench grinder w/wire brush.

Has anyone done this & if so can you recommend a solvent that would be suitable for removing organic matter from steel.

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bastalker

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Connecticut
Originally posted by JBLAWN
Ok ,here's a dumb question, why do you clean the blades?
I want to ask the same question...The first time the blades are engaged, they clean themselves.

Doesn't matter how dirty or rusty they get, as long as they are sharp, an you are cutting with them, cleaning them is a waste of time....IMO
 

DJL

LawnSite Member
I have an 8" bench grinder with a grinding pad and wire brush. I wire brush the blade down, then I use the bench grinder to take all the nicks out of em. I do a fine sharpending with a bench clamp, file, and some muscle. I then soak them in WD-40 and let them sit overnight. Looks as good as new.
 

John Gamba

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
ct
Originally posted by Flex-Deck
Just set them in a tank of water overnite, and the grass is gone, or at least it is mush which can just be wiped off. Solvents do no good. Thanks, brad
Brad is correct. This is what i do, i take them off and put them in water and they wont rust and the grass comes off. I would put them in over night.

Oh fareway you should try RAPTERS.
John
 

bastalker

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Connecticut
Originally posted by John Gamba
Brad is correct. This is what i do, i take them off and put them in water and they wont rust and the grass comes off. I would put them in over night.

Oh fareway you should try RAPTERS.
John
What grass??? How much grass is a blade turning 3200 rpm's gonna pick up?? You might get a blade stained, but thats about all. As far as rust, who cares......When you cut the first yard, the rust is gone....You guys cant be serious.........
 
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