sharpen or replace ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ozd12005, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. ozd12005

    ozd12005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    This season I have done more hedge trimming then I have in past years, today I noticed it started tearing the hedges I was trimming and found myself dumbfounded, should I try and sharpen or replaced the blades ?
  2. CutInEdge Lawn Care

    CutInEdge Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 677

    I use a dremel to sharpen mine. They are costly from what I have heard on here to replace. What brand do you have??
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Sharpen them with a large round file. Once you get the hang of it it should be easy in the future. I know replacement blades from Stihl are $$
  4. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    I sharpen my hedge trimmers with a 4" angle grinder.
    Literally takes all of two minutes a side.
    My Stihl hedge trimmer recip blades are $75 for one blade only, not the set of two.
    Not to mention r/r the blades, maintaining the spacer alignment and proper torque so the blades don't bind.

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