Blade Sharpening For Dummies

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by UpstateServices, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. UpstateServices

    UpstateServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I am 20 years old and getting ready for my 4th year of business (2019). I am tired of paying the shop $40/week for sharpening blades. I have been doing some research but can not seem to figure out the best blade sharpening set up. I know this is highly opinionated, but what do I NEEED, and what do you recommend?
  2. Babaganoosh

    Babaganoosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Angle grinder, flap disk for said grinder, and a vice.

    I suggest eye and ear protection but hey it's your eyes and ears.
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  3. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,727

    $40 per week could buy you a new set each week!!

    I used a grinder and flap disk for many yrs quite well. Now have a Bradley blade sharpener and quite happy.
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  4. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,356

    Yep angle grinder, bench grinder, Bradley blade sharpener.
    It's not difficult, does not have to be exactly 30º but try to keep it even.
    Also a $5 cone balancer. It's not perfect but will keep your blades fairly well balanced.
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  5. Delmarva Keith

    Delmarva Keith LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    Another vote for just use an angle grinder. I prefer a grinding disc instead of a flap disk but whatever works for you. As a final touch, use a file to remove the burr.
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  6. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,416

    I just use a bench grinder for years and it works fine.
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  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 7,122

    If you pull blades every 10 lawns a fresh file is arguably as fast as a lot of grinders and extend the service life in spades.
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  8. CJ's Mowing Service

    CJ's Mowing Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I used to use a grinding stone in a dremel as I learned, now it’s an angle grinder
  9. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,425

    I use an angle grinder. Takes me a bought 1 minute per blade. I have never balanced a blade . Never had a problem
  10. Greencuts518

    Greencuts518 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,416

    Bench grinder takes 1 pass 10 seconds with good blades an older blade takes 30 seconds

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