Please recommend a blade sharpener!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KB, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. KB

    KB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I am a part timer and have been cutting for the past two years. I have about a dozen residentials. I currently use a hand held angle grinder to sharpen my blades but have a hard time putting an edge on them. I know that I might have to pay for the convenience, but I need something that is good, quick, and easy to use. Time is very important to me since this is actually a second job. I want to look into various sharpeners and since I do not know much about them, want to make sure I do not miss any. All that I have ever heard of is the RBG (?). Please make recommendations of what you think I should check into, or what you would buy if it were you. Thanks!
  2. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Right now 12 views of this question and no answers. Bet 10 of them thought "This has been discussed so much, what can I add?"

    Put "blade sharpener" into search box, and you get dozens of threads, with probably hundreds of comments. You'll never get that much info by asking this question again. Start reading the oldest threads first, thiose are where everyone posted. You'll ususally get most of what you need in the oldest 3 or 4 posts, but checking newer ones can get more current info. (Could also search for "blade grinder")

    Results of "Blade sharpener" here
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Take a look at one of Lawnsite's supporters Magna-Matic. They make a nice blade grinder. Just click on the Magna-Matic sign at the top of this page.
  4. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
    Messages: 61

    Just got the Mag 8000 universal with balancer & WOW. Going from my old sharpener to this was like switching from a belt to hydro. Easy, precise, & for the first time my curved mulchers have a clean edge all the way across.

  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    You can convert a radial arm saw into a blade sharpener for next to nothing. Only problem is that it doesn't turn in the right direction to sharpen Walker blades, so as long as you don't have a Walker mower you'll be OK. All you need is a Radial Arm Saw that has at least a 2 hp motor, a scrap piece of channel iron to use as a tool (blade) rest, and a blade sharpening stone. The dust collection system is optional (and reccommended). Just turn the head on your saw so the blade is like the pic and mount the stone and you're in business. I would reccommend getting a stone from Maga Matic as they are much faster cutting than any I've found at Home Cheapo. With a little practice you'll be using blades that you can shave with. See Pics.

    blade sharpener 001.jpg
  6. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Here's the dust collection system

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  7. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    All I need is some shaving cream

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  8. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Just got mine yesterday, got it from Preco in Mass. Hope it work good. Still waiting for the Grit Collector.

  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    There are a few good dedicated blade grinders out there, but the one that I like the best is the Brandlein Machine
    Fireball 300c

    It has a commercial duty 1hp motor with a 10" grinding wheel. Lets just say, when your sharpening a blade, its REAL
    busy under there! Just a few strokes and your done!

    They have an unrestricted grinding path. No rear posts to get in the way when sharpening those long edged blades.

    They aren't cheap, but they are the best. Not much more than a comparable RBG. Make sure you step up to the 300
    series, as the 3/4hp is just slightly underpowered on the real thick (< 3/16")blades. Make sure you get the diamond
    wheel dresser, its a must have, shouldn't even be an option!

    Give them a call, the owner is a real nice guy, a real straight shooter, no BSing. They have some dealers around, but
    got both of mine direct from the factory.
  10. Magna-Matic

    Magna-Matic Sponsor
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