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Sharpen Shovels?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lanelle, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Just wondering how many of you grind a new edge on hand tools with cutting edges such as shovels after it has been worn down? (Yeah, I know that big toys are more fun, but we all have to pick up a shovel to plant things occasionally.)
  2. jnjnlc

    jnjnlc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    Don't hurt to put a sharp edge on them occasionally. It only takes a minute or two with a grinding wheel. A file works too but takes a little longer.
  3. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I always shapen shovels, grading rakes, sod knives ect. It only takes a couple of minutes and makes life easier. In my opinion anything that makes life easier is worthwhile.

    Jim L
  4. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    I sharpen shovels too. the RBG works great for shovels, axes also on the RBG.
  5. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    Not only on new hand tools but all the time...only takes seconds to do and makes a world of differance.
  6. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    I sharpen all of my tools every morning before I use them. The few minutes it takes to do this saves a lot of time and effort later in the day
  7. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,276

    I guess I must be pretty lax in my eqpt maintenance...

    I sharpen my stone hammers and chisels a few times a year, for knives we use utility knives with throw-away blades. Pruners and the like are sharpened before a pruning project.

    Other than my flat shovels self-sharpening themselves, I don't sharpen any of my hand tools.

    But I spend a few hours every few weeks on my brick saws... :)
  8. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    If they would last long enoug I might consider it. With my current crew the life expectancy of a shovel is 3 weeks. They are usually broken before the sticker is worn off.

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