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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ubirajara83, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    How often do you guys sharpen your mower blades? What can happen when you dont do it often?

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    We sharpen them daily,you can't cut with dull blades no way try to chew your food with no teeth.
  3. ubirajara83

    ubirajara83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    how do you sharpen them.
  4. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    Same here, daily for us too, We have enough sets blades in our shop for each machine to where we can just throw another set on and switch them out, then the dull ones are sharpened and put back up with the other sets. Saves time. This is done in the morning when all the mowers and equipment are checked over before we start the day. It doesnt take long when you get a system going. Poor blades make your mower consume more fuel, they are less efficent, besides the poor quality of cut. It makes the motor work harder and leaves a taring cut on the grass. Think of it like shaving with a dull razor, doesnt work to well, hell it hurts sometimes cause instead of cutting it rips. Same way the mowerblades work.
  5. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    I do it weekly, but I am only cutting about 1.5 days/wk. If you don't do it often, it is bad for the grass as it just tears it vs. cutting it.
  6. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    We sharpen our blades weekly

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    I have two magna~matics,and a lesco,but a handheld grinder will get you going.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    We cut some properties with field grass this stuff is like cutting wire it will push your mowers hard,it would give a spyderco a workout.
  9. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    In the spring I find myself shaprning twice a week, and in the summer I sharpen once a week.
    I use a bench grinder.
    If you cut with dull blades, you will see it next week when all the tips of the grass are brown from being torn not cut
  10. Steve's Mow & Trim

    Steve's Mow & Trim LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    get a bench grinder.....I mow 40-50 accounts a week and sharpen blades every other day. Be careful how you sharpen though or you will go through blades like a motha

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