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Blade shavings?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnspecialties, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Alright, I'm really getting the hang of my Magna-Matic 9000. Some blades I thought were about done are now back "in the rotation". But I've run into a small dilemma.

    What do others do about all the blade residue from sharpening? I know the tube/shield is for directing the dust but if I hook the shop/vac up to it, I can just imagine the shed inferno about two hours after I go to bed. :dizzy:

    Is there a better (and safer) way to keep the shop clean without me having to blow/vacuum/sweep/etc. every time?
  2. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,037

    Yea, dont do it in your shop!

    Other than that have fun cleaning.
  3. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,119

    I use a shop vac on mine, they were designed for that. The only problem I have is the filter gets dirty and I have to blow it out outside once a week. Good Luck !
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Do you leave the shop/vac hose hooked up to the discharge chute of the grinder on all the time? I'm worried about all the sparks.:confused:
  5. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    I use a bench grinder for my blades so I may not understand the shop vac hookup to your collection tube. I don't think I'd use the vac while I was grinding, but clean up after I was finished. You're right in thinking sparks could/would be sucked in. May not be many or big, but.....! With the air movement in the canister it would provide a strong draft for a fire.

    As far as blowing the filters clean, be sure you wear a mask of some sort. Don't breath that crap, which includes those metal shavings.
  6. bsalter5

    bsalter5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    If you empty your shop vac before use, you'll have nothing in there to burn. Save the shavings in a bucket, then, when you get some saved up, spread them in your garden or on your favorite lawn - the iron really helps (at least around here).

  7. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    except for the paper filter element....
  8. bsalter5

    bsalter5 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Not a chance - shop vac intakes direct the incoming air down - away from the filter. Any particles large and heavy enough to have retained much heat after their trip through the hose will simply continue to the bottom of the canister and stay there. Only the tiniest particles get to the filter, and they won't have near enough heat left to cause a problem.

  9. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I'm also scared about fires. I sharpen mine in the basement with a bench grinder and I never do this just before I go to work. I do it when I'll be home for a while just in case of fire.

    Could metal shavings on the floor make my cat puke? seriously.
  10. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    Don't Use A Shop Vac

    Not only is the a danver is fire int he filter, but the housing is plastic. Also, the metal shavings don't do the motor any good.

    Make a deflector out of aluminum sheeting and just sweep them up.

    Our shop has a small, walk in closet if you will with a vent fan. All sharpening is done in there to contain the mess.

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