Proper sharpening technique

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by 1998tahoe, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. 1998tahoe

    1998tahoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Just bought a Bradley sharpener. I am having trouble getting it to sharpen the entire angle edge. The length is not the problem. Even on a brand new blade it only wants to sharpen the very tip edge of the cutting angle. This is my first sharpener, is this correct that it only sharpens te edge. Or should it cut the entire edge? Please help.
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    My guess is that you do not have your wheel height AND/OR the guide set correctly. Once set correctly it should be as simple as turning the machine on and running your blade through.
  3. 1998tahoe

    1998tahoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I have the wheel as high as it will go and the black guide seems like its in the way. If I remove it, it grinds the entire angle. Is this acceptable?
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  4. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I am having a hard time understanding your description. On mine I generally have the wheel all the way up as well. I then use the black guide to support the blade. You can adjust how far or close the black guide is to the wheel. With the this you should be able to determine if your wheel needs to come done or your guide in or out further.

    Hope that helps. If not maybe some photo's will help me further understand your situation.
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I'm looking at getting a sharpener this year, I take it the bradley is not so user friendly?
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    I bought the Bradley sharpener last year. It has been great! The black guide also prevented me from getting the whole angle. Loose the guide and use the flat table and your good to go. Use a brand new blade and adjust the wheel up and down to match the angle. Should be around 30 degrees.
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    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  7. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i used to use a bench grinder, then i found that an angle grinder with a tiger paw disc is much faster and more effective.
  8. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    magna matic 9000 series
  9. Quix

    Quix LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Magna Matic here too. 1st year with it.
  10. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    One of you guys with a Bradley will you tell me what the max amp draw is. I have limited power where my equipment is, less than 12 I think but not sure. Essentially I have whatever I can pull from the light socket in a storage unit. I really want to be able to sharpen blades and not to take them home.

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