Do you sharpen new blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mo Green, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487

    Quick question for you guys. When you buy new blades, do you sharpen them before you put them on, or do you just put them on with the semi-sharp painted edge?
  2. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I usually sharpen them and balance them, because new blades are not really balanced to begin with. If you run them about 20 minutes of cutting will rub the paint off the blade edge.
  3. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    New Blades are Sharp Under the Paint which Wears off Quickly...In Fact the New Honda Blades are Sharp Out of the Box....

    They are, However, Never Balanced.
  4. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I sharpen and balance.
  5. gqnine44

    gqnine44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 502

    I would have to say if you sharpen new blades you have too much time on your hands :) .
  6. Tomt

    Tomt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    I make the time to balance/sharpen (not concerned about how sharp, just how balanced). :D
  7. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    i kinda agree with that ;)
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Totally agree!
  9. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 906

    maybe its all in my head but I don't think I ever had a new set of blades that cut well so now they get sharpened before installation.

    p.s. no one has ever accused me of being very smart so take the advice with a grain of salt.
  10. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 592

    Lately, since the addition of the Magna-Matic blade balancer and grinder to our OPE dealership, we will check the balance on the blades before we put them on. Usually they pass. The bad thing about the magna-matic is that it is so dang sensitive, if you breathe on it accidently, it will move the blade.

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