Blade Sharpening

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Grass Man, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Blade Sharpening,

    .... I think this is a good time of the season to beg the question. How do you sharpen your blades? That is, do you have a SPECIAL technique, a unique way of putting a nice even sharp edge on your blades or do you just rough it out. I have seen MOST techniques from using a course grinder, counting file strokes, turning a blade up-side-down and grinding away on a grinder to just knocking off the high spots etc., no balance. I have also seen a very fine honing, very careful file work, finishing up with either a 3M and or scotch bright wheel and dynamic or very accurate pivot balancing.

    .... What is your approach to BLADE SHARENING and how important is it to you :eek: :blush: :confused: :eek: :rolleyes: :)?
  2. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    .... I forgot to mention how frequently do you sharpen as well :blush:?
  3. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I bet your going to get bombarded with "do a search on blade grinding". But I like the subject my self, lol. I did my blades on a bench grinder, then switched to an angle grinder. Last week I I purchased the Magna Matic 9000 blade grinder as well as the Magna Matic balancer. So I'm going to be grinding my blades with the Mag equipment for the next 40 years I hope.

    In the high growth season I sharpen the blades every couple of days or so. I may do it every day this year. The most pain in the butt thing about sharpening blades now is taking them off and putting them back on the mower.
  4. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    I sharpen every night wether I do 17 yards on mondays or 9 on Wednesday.

    Keeping sharp blades keeps the grass healthier. Plain and simple.
  5. br549oicu8

    br549oicu8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,230

    Good idea!!! We change blades daily and maintain 4 sets per mower. We use the RBG grinder and are very satisfied. Had a Neary and didn't like it.
    Longer days we change blades mid-day!!!!
  6. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    Oregon has a blade grinder which sells for ~$216 . Has anyone used it, does it do an acceptable job (with a decent operator :>) !)?
  7. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    12 dollar electric hand grinder.
    works for me
  8. MSS

    MSS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    i use a cordless impact to remove blades, does any one else?

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Yes 2 snapon 1 half inch and 1 three eights inch
  10. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    I use to but my wife bought me a Husky air compressor for Christmas :p

    Best investment she ever made!

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