How do you sharpen hedge trimmer and clearing saw blades?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mikegyver, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    I have a stihl hedge trimmer and a redmax clearing saw. How do you sharpen hedger and clearing saw blades?
    Thanks for all the advice you have given me so far!!!
  2. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I use a dremel for my hedge trimmers ...Takes about 30-40 minutes ..I just stick them in a vice and sharpen away..
  3. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    My thought is, if you have to ask, your better off taking them to a shop that sharpens them. Otherwise you could render them useless if you don't know how to do it.
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    I have experience sharping stuff just didn't know what specific file or tool to use. I have only been mowing yards that needed this for a year so I have only had those machines for a year.
  5. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 721

    I use a small Corona file made for sharpening hand pruners and loppers. It works on my clippers and brush clearing blade. I think Lowe's sells the file in the garden tool department. I've also used other small metal files.
  6. SouthLouisianaGrassCutter

    SouthLouisianaGrassCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Hand file or dremel both work the great. Use a hand file to sharpen chain saws chains.
  7. xclusive

    xclusive LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,054

    I pay to have the chain saw done but I do my sharpen my own trimmers with an air cut off tool from sears that I put a grinding blade on for sharpening.
  8. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    OK so small file or dremel for both? Take of as little as possible right? Does anything need to be balanced? When do I need to replace? When they get unusable:(?
  9. mds2000

    mds2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    i have done it my self with an axe file i takes about 45 min to do a good job or i take it to a saw sharpener(table saw and wood working machinery) ( not a stihl dealer they wanted like 80$ thats like 400% mark up rip off) he does mine for 15$ each and there sharper then when you buy them brand new go figure.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    I have an Stihl HS80 hedge clipper, as well as a hedge clipper attachment for my string trimmer. The best way is to take the blades apart, put each one in a vise and sharpen with a hand file. When taking the bar apart, it provides an opportunity to clean out the gear case and replace with fresh grease. I have also used an angle grinder, with a flap disk, for the sharpening, but a hand file provides the most control.

    Chains off the chain saw -- take them to a friend who has a device intended specifically for chains, an indexing vise and very thin grinder wheel.

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