LawnSite Senior Member
Well, everyone that has brought me blades has been a homeowner. It's been so long since I used a resi mower that I had no memory of what their blades were like. I sharpened the blade of my neighbor's electric mower... there was nothing to it. I think I could've folded it over on itself by hand.That's interesting. I know that you are much more likely to find landscapers with straight blades. However, I would not have guessed that nearly all you are getting are not straight flat blades.
I advertised that commercial guys are welcome to bring me their blades, but no takers as of yet. Really, other than not having the time (which can happen), it really makes no sense for a commercial operator to pay someone else to sharpen their blades.
We have a couple of big operations where I live. I'm just guessing, but they must have at least 20-30 employees each, so likely somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 mowers in service every day. Just to make the math easier, assume all those mowers are 48" or larger. That's 75 blades that need sharpening. Even if they could get a cheap bulk rate of $4-$5 a blade from someone, you're looking at $300-375 in sharpening costs. Four sharpenings and you've paid for a MAG-8000. It'd take eight sharpenings to pay for a belt grinder, but when you have that number of blades to sharpen regularly your cost is recouped in no time. I figure these operations must own at least a couple sharpeners each.
I think the most money I've made in one week has been $30, . Certainly nothing to get excited over, but in a year or so you've recouped the cost of one of the Magna-Matic units, and now you have it for your own use for the rest of your life.