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Blade Sharpening Cost

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by snowjeep, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    What do you all pay for blade sharpening a high lift blade? I have a dealer I got all my equipment from and they have been very good to me. But they get $9.00 to sharpen high lift blades and $7.00 for staight blades.
  2. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Thats the same price a local company around here charges. A good number of LCO's sharpen their blades daily or at least weekly and $9 per day per blade is going to take a big bite out of your profits. It would be cheaper in the long run for you to purchase a blade sharpener like a Magna-Matic or at least a bench grinder or angle grinder.
  3. johndeereguy

    johndeereguy LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 220

    Not to sure what the thinking is, but I don't pay $9 a piece to buy NEW blades, much less hiring somone else to sharpen them. If you can'y sharpen your own blades, you are not going to be in business long.
  4. jeffscap

    jeffscap LawnSite Member
    Male, from Western New York
    Messages: 160

    I agree with wells-Thats going to get pretty costly in the long run @ 9.00 a crack. One or two mowers would probably be okay for awhile , but after that I would be lookin' for a grinder pronto. Even a hand grinder would survice for awhile with a blade jig.But like deere said probably cheaper for you to just buy Xtra blades.
  5. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    about 30 bucks for a bench grinder, then about 5 min and I'm done. Sharpen your own. Also sharpen blades for others so it literally pays for itself.
  6. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    Hit up Ebay and buy a Blade balancer....Its works like a sea-saw, little heavy on one side, grind it down.....it doesn't compare to the $130-$170 magnetic wall balancer but I've had no problems with it....and each blade cost me $0.00 to sharpen..I think I got the balancer for $9.99 including shipping
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ok, do this:
    Run to Harbor Freight Tools and get a handheld Chicago Electric angle grinder for $10 or $15.
    Then, run to Home Depot or Lowe's and buy a blade balancer for another 5 bucks or so (the metal ones are better if you can find).

    Since you have to pull and reinstall them anyhow, you'd save money diy'self by not having to stop by the stealership all the time.

    Because I agree, you won't be around for long paying that kind of money, but if you ever feel like paying $7 - $9 / blade again, know that you can order them brand new from J Thomas and several other places for that kind of money.

    Yeah man, don't let them gip you like that.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    $4.00/blade for mine.:)
  9. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    $8/blade here. I sharpen every day of the week and then get them sharpenedon the friday and balanced. No problems so far.
  10. BigRedTruck

    BigRedTruck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    what the hell does that do? Kinda new to this, so not sure on that one.

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