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Do hedge clippers go 'dull?'

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ericmcj31, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    Yesterday we were trimming some shrubs and my main amigo told me that the hedge clippers seemed to need sharpening. He said the big leafed stuff it cut fine, but the smaller-leafed stuff (smaller hollies-yaupons, helleris, etc.) it seemed to tear the leaf as opposed to actually clipping it. We don't use these much, and I'd have to pull a receipt, but I'd bet that they're about a year old (I keep pretty new stuff). FWIW they are the stihl clippers mounted on a FX90 engine. They are the ones with the articulating head. I guess my question is can I sharpen these? if so, how?? if not, what can I do to get a better cut??? I really don't want to buy a new head, but if that's what I gotta do, then I guess that's what I gotta do....LMK-and thanks!
  2. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    I have a pair of HS45 and HS72. The 72 I got from a guy. They would not cut worth a crap. I literally took the 2 blades off and sharpened each cutter front and back, cuts like a hot knife through butter. I have that problem now with my 45, I can tell they are getting dull. I won't take them apart though. I used a 4 inch angle grinder with a cutting wheel on it 1/8 inch so I could get into the area better. Thanks for mentioning it, I think I'm going to do that tomorrow.
  3. ericmcj31

    ericmcj31 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    cool-so I guess you CAN sharpen them---I'll do that pretty soon, then
  4. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    it's failry simple, you just have to get the angle as close as you can, it is jsut very time consuming.
  5. nnj18

    nnj18 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,860

    anything with a blade gets dull and yes they can be sharpened but like said above its time consuming...ohh and if you mess up you will know....

    SILVERSTREAK INC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    its easy, have the clippers in the closed position and then use a small angle grinder to go over the edges, takes 5 mins

    another way to go is using a dremel tool but that takes much longer

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i guess ill try sharpening mine when they need it. its pretty expensive to have them sharpened at the dealer
  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    Like everyone has said they can get dull and they can also get loose where the gap is too big between the blades.
    I would also like to add that if you do alot of small leafed dense shrubs like yaupon and boxwoods ect. then the hedge clippers with the small teeth like the redmax short shaft and kawasaki are great for these types. The teeth are about a 1/3 as wide so they fit in the dense shrubs way better.
  9. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,305

    I take the blades off my echo trimmer, that way I can check the gear box and clean and put new grease in it, but sharpening the blades only about 10 minutes, 4 inch grinder, i use mine a lot so i sharpen mine three times a year at list,
  10. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,842

    If you wet your shrubs down the water will keep your shears clean and extend your sharpen jobs by mega hours. Just soak them with WD 40 wipe them down and spray again while running and put them up that way. Same thing with your hand shears. I knew a guy who does all hand work and he keeps a bucket of water and dips his sanviks in that.

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