How often do you guys sharpen your blades??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NewbieNC, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. NewbieNC

    NewbieNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    How often do you guys on average sharpen your blades?? Hours? days?
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Every 8 hours of use or every day whichever comes first..... ;)
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    after every cut-day, which amounts to about 6hrs on the clock. FWIW I use a belt sander to sharpen too, it takes less metal off and doesn't heat them up as much (lose strength)
  4. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Why so much? The cut looks the same to me after not sharppening for maybe a couple of days.
  5. Gumby

    Gumby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    I sharpen every 8 to 10 hours. If I let them go much more than that, I have to reduce my speed to keep getting a consistent cut.
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    At the end of every day. Bahai puts a dulling on them real fast.
  7. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,568

    Every 8 hours. Will have to try the belt sander idea. Not concerned about heat. You have to get steel red hot to affect the temper.
    Sharp blades are better for the lawn. Clean cuts heal faster. That is why surgeons use such sharp blades on you. Works the same for plants as it does for people. Less wear and tear on the mower too.
  8. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    that's the truth :cry: :cry: i wish i could go back in time and strangle whoever decided it would be a good idea to import it.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    About every 12-14 hours, with works to be a day and a half. Sharp blades=more speed and a better cut. And I'm not touching the "how to sharpen vs. tempering" arguement.:)
  10. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    It is an aggravating grass but this time of the year it keeps me in biz. Makes the tightwads who want it cut EOW go to every week.

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