Should hedgers be sharpened ?

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

  1. bware0023

    bware0023 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    We sharpen our trimmers every 3-4 days if we are pruning yews...every 20-25 days for everything else.
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,472

    All 6 of ours get sharpened once a month from April to November then again in January with a gearbox service. I use a mini air belt sander. Once a week is ruining them. Fluid Film is used as a daily lubricant/cleaner.
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  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    I agree that not all the teeth on the bar is dull. Our units is always dull from the tip up to about 12 inches inward.
    I do the finger sharpness test before and after trimmings because some of our shrubbery can be brutal like hollies. It is unfortunate that we cut things like fencing, metal bars,etc. that is always under around and entwined with shrubbery. Physical inspections is always needed. Other than that, if the bars is bad, then I replace then for 65.00.
    For sharpening.........A flexible dremel tool with mini barrel sandstone bits works wonders.
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Been told not to sharpen unless they are mangled and cleaning is all that is needed.
  5. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 995

    I truly believe before you are allowed to be an owner you should have to take a power equipment maintenance class. Never?? They should be sharpened at least once or twice monthly if you use them regularly. My best friend is a stihl mechanic.
  6. PineyPower

    PineyPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I sharpen them like I sharpen my chain saw. When it needs it. Im not going to shapren them everytime I use them but if I need to. But normally when I sharpen them, I do it lightly since normally when the cut quallity goes down I have found that its do to resin built up on the blades and all I do is clean then blades off. And I use the cleaner/lub stuff on them too
  7. Belgium

    Belgium LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    I just bought a bottle of stihl cleaner and have to say that it works quite well. Just spray it on, agitate with a brush, rinse of with water and blow the blades dry. See the magic happen :) only other thing to do (except sharpening :p ) is burning the blades.
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  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,472

    Burning the blades to clean them of tough sap I assume?
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