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I know it has been asked a lot but can someone suggest a blade sharpener for solo guy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by clydesdale, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I have been using a hand held grinder for many many years, I would like to trade up to whatever is the proper way. Can you please recommend a brand, model and place to get it? Thanks
  2. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    I started out using just a 4" hand grinder. A bench grinder is great if you have access to one.
  3. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    I have a banch grinder and some times I wish I had a jig. I have trouble keeping it at the right angel....

    but I'm getting better.
  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    Why? What is not working about your present setup that causes you to want to make a change?
  5. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    My guess is that I do not have the proper angle. There is no doubt the blades are sharper when am done. But maybe there is a proper way. I am wondering if I could get a better cut if I had the blades sharpened to where they should be.
  6. MuleCutter

    MuleCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    i got an Oregon blade sharpener on ebay for right under $300 after shipping. it even has a light on it and is adjustable so you can lower the wheel as it wears. it has a forward and reverse on it. so far i love it. you can also spend less than a hundred on a regular bench grinder tho and get almost the same result.
  7. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    I have seen some talk about an "angle grinder". What is this and how does it compare to a dedicated blade grinder. Thanks
  8. PlatinumLandCon

    PlatinumLandCon LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,315

    I use a 1HP, 8" bench grinder. Works great!
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    4" hand grinder at pep boys for $30..........If you only have 2-3 machines
  10. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I use a bench grinder and this year I took the top off it. Now I face the grinder away from me and basically put the blade on the back upper side of the wheel. It works much better then grinding toward you.

    I still have a tendency to round off the outer edges of my blades though:(

    Riobi.. Nothing but the best for me.

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