Looking to purchace a dedicated blade sharpener.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mhussey, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    Morning guy's! I have been doing some research for a dedicated blade sharpener. I have searched this site, but really haven't found the answer I am looking for.

    Also, please no posts about using angle grinders and everything else. I want a dedicated blade sharpener to make life easier.

    Please note that I'm not wanting to put 1k in a dedicated blade sharpener like the Burr King. Don't get me wrong, it's nice, but not for my application. Some of the sharpeners have the specification of the length in which it will sharpen. Like up to 4", or 4" to 6". This doesn't seem to be a lot really when you start getting in to larger decks and blades. So, long story short. You guy's with a dedicated blade sharpener, what brand and model do you have? What size blades can you sharpen? I would like to hear from people with all models, RBG, Bradley, Magna Matic. Also, if you don't mind could you post the cost of each unit?

    Any help on this subject would be well appreciated.


  2. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Magnamatic 9000. 5 years old now. Website gives you all the info you need. Best thing I ever bought for my business.
  3. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,274

    Only about 3" (if that) of a blade actually does any cutting!
    You could theoretically sharpen an infinite length blade on a Magna!

    I have a Magnamatic and use Fusion blades most of the time. Fusion blades have a very long cutting edge, but only the first couple of inches ever need sharpening.!
  4. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Magna Matic..

    Magna Matic

    Magna Matic,

    Trust me
  5. Two Seasons

    Two Seasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    I'm another Magna-matic addict.

    We have the 8000 (does mulching blades too), the 1000 balancer, and the stand (saves room and it's tall).
  6. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Angle grinder. :)
  7. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    I used angle grinders for years... If you use an angle grinder.... make sure that you use the flap disk.
    Also, if you use the angle grinder with flap disk, make sure to order yourself the mag 1000 to get the blades balanced.

    but after using a magna matic sharpener.... I cant believe the difference it makes. Its like having a brand new blade everytime you sharpen it.

    Best thing that ive bought... a Magna matic.. with a mag 1000 balancer.
  8. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    I appricate the advice guy's. I ordered the Mag 9000 last night. Hopefully it will be here next week. I feel all giddy inside now!

    For you guy's that have these models. How long does a grinding wheel last? Are there different wheels you can use that are better? Can you buy these wheels from anywhere, or just from Magna Matic? Any advise will help greatly.


  9. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Good move ordering that sharpener. I'm solo. I do about 40 customers aseason. I've had my Mag about 5 years and I still have the same wheel on the machine. Actually once it wears off one side it can be reversed and you have another whole side. The wheel that came with it works just fine. i sharpen my blades after about 12 hours. I have 3 or 4 sets for each machine. I wait till I have a couple of sets to sharpen and that's my rainy day project. But once you get the hang of it it's a piece of cake. You'll have the correct angle on the blade so it will cut better for a longer period of time. I did the hand grinder route for a long time and I was never happy with the way the blades got sharpened. This takes all the guess work out of sharpening. It's an investment, but if your in it for the long haul your gonna be very pleased with this purchase.
  10. driver5

    driver5 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    Hey Matt. go to the main screen on this website and scroll down to the sponsors section and click it, then find Magna Matic. Scroll thru the Magna Matic section for a little bit and read all the posts by people like me and you that were concerned about the Magna Matic. In there Gert talks about the grinding wheels. You will learn all that you need to know from those pages...

    The grinding wheels are real soft. the reason is for lower grinding temps and faster sharpening time. When you wear that wheel out, you simply call them, or go to the Magna Matic online store and buy one for around 28 bucks or so.. But it will last for many many many sets of blades.

    the Mag takes a blade or two to learn it.. So use up your junk blades for practice. Once you get the hang of it.. You will actually enjoy sharpening the blades.

    Im going to order the extended work table............ You will find conversations about the work table inside the Magna Matic section that I spoke of above.

    Congrats on your purchase.. Its a very nice and pricey investment... But having equipment that is built to last and having a customer service that backs you like they do is worth it.

    I know im very well pleased

    Now get out and cut some grass yall, get off the computer!!!

    Haaaahaha.. its raining

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