Should hedgers be sharpened ?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cjmoore82, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    Please inform me if I am wrong. One of my employees believe that hedgers should be sharpened every time they are used. I was under the belief that they are never to be sharpened. Please advise.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    we usually have them sharpened once a year in the spring, depends what kid of stuff you are cutting trough, if your just trimming bushes they will last a long time before needing to be done, if your guys are hacking through 1 inch thick stalks then they will need to be sharpened sooner or later.
  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are you talking about motorized or manual ?
  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I sharpen when they need it some times only half of the teeth needs them
    If looks like ripping and not leaving a clean cut then then yes
    Sharp ones will trim faster then dull ones
  5. cjmoore82

    cjmoore82 LawnSite Member
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    I was talking about gas powered hedgers. My employee seems to think he needs to sharpen tbem every time before we prune hedges. I feel like he is ruining them.
  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,249

    Diitto, I touch all teeth since I have them apart anyway.
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    He's wearing them out with his sharpening regime.
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  8. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
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    We sharpen them at leat once a week but we do trim around 30-35 hours a week per trimmer. Sharp ones will leave a nicer finish, trim faster and i suppose it's better for the engine too. I also have to say we change the blades once every 2-3 months
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  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Sharpening them every time you use them is way too much, your just taking off more metal than necessary. Once a month should be good for normal use, but you do have to sharpen them.
  10. branchoutshrub

    branchoutshrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    We sharpen our stihl hedge trimmimers depending on the usage and the type of shrubs we trim. We don't overdue the sharpening because it wastes time and the blade doesn't last as long. We get new blades every Spring and go from there.

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