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Blade Sharpener for the Little Guy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandFakers, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Prosno

    Prosno LawnSite Member
    from Ct
    Messages: 54

    Had a Bradley, tried the Magna matic and gave the bradley away-Magna matic well worth the money
  2. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I also have the Magna Matic along with the blade balancer! Sharp blades and better on the spindles when balanced..
  3. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I just use a flap wheel on an angle grinder. I've got a Magna Matic balancer and would love to have a Magna Matic sharpener but I can't justify it. I don't see how anyone short of a major landscape company with multiple crews could justify it. We cut almost 200 yards a week and it's too much for me to do.
  4. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    i use to use a flap disc but after a while the edge kept turning under toward the ground
  5. hdtvluvr

    hdtvluvr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 507

    I've had this thread bookmarked for a couple of years. Plan to get around to building one soon.

    Blade Sharpening Jig
  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Thanks to you all for responding, still trying to decide
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    This is just one of those cases where you pay to play.

    Because check it out, those grinding wheels on the Oregon that I have are $100 a piece and they don't last me but 5 years or so.
    And that's the 12" wheel, granted the smaller wheels are cheaper but they also wear out a lot faster.
    They are not maintenance free, the wheels wear unevenly so you'll need to dress them, a good wheel dressing tool costs $50 or so.
    As it wears out every so often it needs to be re-adjusted in terms of height so that the angle stays true.
    Smaller wheels require even more frequent dressing, adjustment, and replacement.
    I spent $300 to have a 1.5 hp motor with a 12" wheel so I'd have power and reliability.
    That $190 Bradley is only a 1/2hp motor with an 8" wheel.

    You could always get a regular 4.5" grinding wheel, that's the wheel most angle grinders come with, the grit makes for a rougher edge but I used to sharpen my blades for ...
    I think one of those grinding wheels lasted me several years, grinder and all it cost me a $20.

    I've always done this and for the same reason.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  8. K & K Mowing

    K & K Mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    What's the maximum blade size that can be used on the Bradley grinders? Will blades from a 60" deck be too big?

    Regards, Kevin:usflag:
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I have a DeWalt bench grinder that dies ok. I bought new blades this spring and I take them in to the dealer so they can sharpen them for me. I can go 2 weeks maybe 3 when they do it. With my grinder I'm sharpening them every week.
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  10. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    My 60" super z blades sharpen fine, I can sharpen the last 5.5" on the blades, leaving only about 2" unsharpened, which is more than adequate in my opinion.
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