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Grinding Reels and bed knife blades

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by shortgrass01, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. shortgrass01

    shortgrass01 LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 160

    Was wondering if we had any folks here that grinds reels in there business. I gathering information on business exspectations and overall pro and cons of grinding reels.

    Thank you!

    Carolina Lawns
  2. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,784

    The last time I did reels, a set of 3 from a Locke, 30 inch units, at 55 dollars each unit was maybe 20 years ago. The only places I know of that use reels are mostly golf course these days. I do know of one home owner that has a putting green in his back yard, and he does his own machine, of course he can afford it :laugh:

    I would hate to think what it would cost to sharpen a reel today. I know most of the dealers here in South Jersey and none of them do reels.
    ericg likes this.
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Use the search feature. Txgrassguy is probably the most knowledgeable here onsite about reels. It has been discussed quite a bit. You might also google Foley, they make the equipment for sharpening reels and have a very good tutorial on how it should be done. Not too many shops do it correctly. I pay about 80 per machine for 7 blade 25"-27" mowers.
  4. jkason

    jkason LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Guy I used to work for got $5/inch.
    20" = $100.00.
    Good money for 1/2 worth of work.

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