Small Scale Blade Sharpening

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, May 30, 2007.


    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    Unlike many of you that run multiple mowers and have a number of blades to sharpen,I'm small,I have a ZTR and a 21" mower,whats the most efficient way to sharpen them?
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Workbench vice and a sidearm grinder.
  3. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    4 and 1/2 inch angle grinder. blade in vise mounted on workbench. will cost you about 100 bucks for both.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Harbor Freight sells 4.5" Chicago Electric grinders for around $10-$18 each (depends if on sale), and for many years I just hold the blade in one hand while I grind it OR set it down like on a porch step with the dull edge hanging over air and put my foot down on the other end, then hit that thang with the grinder, 1-2 minutes / blade and you're done. Splurge $5 on a generic blade balancer and you sharpen / balance like the pros for just under $25.

  5. fitzg2md

    fitzg2md LawnSite Member
    Messages: 156

    Was in northern tools the other day. They are selling some generic 4.5 grinder for 9 bucks! To think I bought my dewalt 4.5 for 80! I could have replaced the 9 buck one....ohh...almost 9 times! hahaha. Can hardly buy a blade for that much -MF
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,854

    Buy a extra set of blades so you have a set already sharp ready to go 24/7

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    Thanks for the help.What kind of wheel do I use?
  8. LawnSharks

    LawnSharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Hey Northman,
    I was at our local Lowes store yesterday and they are discontinueing their blade ballancer line. They had the MTD metal pivot balancers reduced to $1.99!!!! I don't know if this was a mistake or what, they are usually about $12.00.
    Could be one of the best purchases you'll make.

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    Thanks,I'll try to stop by today or tomorrow.Who else makes an affordable balancer?
  10. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    That works...........

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