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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by PicturePerfectLawns, May 1, 2014.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,459

    It hurts even more when you puncture a new tire the first time using it.
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,544

    yeah but not with my pushmower. I trimmed the rest of it with the trimmer.

    I actually took a mini sledgehammer out of my truck and beat that metal stob below ground level so no worries ever again at that place. it was like a grounding thing for something but nothing was hooked to it.

    I bent the next blade on another yard that was a first cut so I was not familiar with the lawn.

    I may be dumb but i'm not stupid. :laugh:
  3. JeremyKuhn

    JeremyKuhn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    About the same as what I did, bought a 36" Exmark Viking, took it out to get used to it before using it on a customers yard and maybe 30 minutes later I took a huge chunk out with a rock I didn't see, in my own yard no less....
  4. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    Funny timing. I just put a new set on mine Monday. It's been about three days and missing chunks out of them on a new yard already. Luckily it started raining hard enough today I got to take a trip to the dealership. Went ahead and bought three sets of the commercial Turfmaster blades today. We'll see how long they last and I pray I don't hit nothing for a while with these.

    But hey, on a positive note, I just finished a big tree trimming job right at dark, loaded up the equipment, and we just got a huge, huge, huge storm. Almost seemed as if we we're in a hurricane. As of today we had got our first .04" (which is nothing at all) of rain for the first time in a few weeks and everyone was pissed off thinking the rain passed over us once again, and the drought would continue. Needless to say, we just got hammered and it is the best thing that's happened for me in weeks! My prayers are answered!
  5. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Last mow of the season last year I killed my old Sears 20" push.

    This customer has a pipe with a cap sticking up in the lawn. I knew where it was. Some how that day I lost sight of it. This year I am bringing a can of red paint so I never miss that pipe again.

    Though in a way I am glad because I bought a new 21" Honda SP. Also retired my JD 42" LT180 and bought a JD 36" WB.

    Good thing all my lawns were not ready to cut this week because they could not deliver the 36" until today.
  6. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,544

    I actually did something similar 2 years ago. it was the last cut of the year and I somehow let one of the wheels go off the curb and the blade hit the curb and bent it. :laugh:

    the blade had lasted me 2-3 years prior to that. I hardly use it and I never even sharpened it and it was still sharp as a brand new blade. I may have sharpened it once I can't remember.

    I only use a 21" on 2 yards I mow and it's just about 10min of mowing at each one. I use the ztr for everything else.
  7. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    Do you guys salvage your old blades somehow? Not the bent ones of coarse, but the ones that got nicks and took hits from rocks? I've heard of people grinding them out? But it seems like every time I try it with the Bench grinder I can't get it looking like I would like. Either I'm not grinding properly or the nicks are too big.
  8. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,821

    I don't worry about the nicks. I just get the blade sharp and balanced. Trying to grind out the nicks will greatly shorten the life of the blades. My mower still cuts good with nicks in the blade
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,544

    yeah don't worry too much about the nicks.

    as for bent blades or old blades I take them to the recycle place and get money for the steel.
  10. JeremyKuhn

    JeremyKuhn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 517

    Yeah I've gone to running 2 sets of blades, I get a new set every year and I use the old nicked set for the rocky yards after I sharpen them as well as I can. Keeps my new set in good shape for my better yards, and worst case I double cut and the bad set works fine on the rough yards.

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