Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Sharpen Blades


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 11-28-2012, 06:16 PM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 170
Rep Power: 3
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default Sharpen Blades

Whats the best way to sharpen your mower blades and how often?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 11-28-2012, 06:24 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Billy Goat View Post
Whats the best way to sharpen your mower blades and how often?
The best way is with a blade sharpener like bradley.

The best cheap way is a bench grinder.

The worst cheap way is with a angle grinder.

The cheapest way is with a file.

How often to sharpen depends on types of grass if your dinging them and what not. Some do it daily, I aim for every 25-30 hours.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-28-2012, 07:21 PM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,220
Rep Power: 6
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Red face

MY OPINION is the bench grinder is the worst
An angle grinder if you know how to use it properly the best at home.
I personally take mine to the shopand have then sharpened only 10 bucks for three blades is not a bad price.

How often? As often as needed to keep from tearing the grass.
I do mine weekly.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-28-2012, 07:31 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 679
Rep Power: 4
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

I use a Magna Matic blade sharpener. They are expensive but they are the best if you have a lot of blades to sharpen, it pays for itself just by the time it saves.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-28-2012, 07:42 PM
jrayb39667's Avatar
jrayb39667 jrayb39667 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Deep South MS
Posts: 121
Rep Power: 3
jrayb39667 is on a distinguished road
Default

i bought the bradley blade sharpener and it doesn't work very well for commercial blades that are sharpened almost to the middle. I went back to my angle grinder with the 40 grit flap disc. it gets them much sharper and doesn't get them nearly as hot as a normal grinder disc does.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-29-2012, 06:18 AM
Billy Goat's Avatar
Billy Goat Billy Goat is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 170
Rep Power: 3
Billy Goat is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks all for your replies, seems everyone has different opinions on this subject. Every method has pros and cons depending on your blade design. The angle grinder seems the fastest but very inconsistent as far a nice straight edge. I even seen blades sharpened right on the mower. Iam sure those blades are not balanced.

Those Bradley's seems nice if your blades are straight and flat. Mulching blades are far from that.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-29-2012, 06:55 AM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,220
Rep Power: 6
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

Look on e bay I found a bradley for 179 instead of 350 like on the bradley wesite.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-29-2012, 02:58 PM
Von Bobbeh's Avatar
Von Bobbeh Von Bobbeh is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 166
Rep Power: 3
Von Bobbeh is on a distinguished road
Default

bench grinders can do a lovely job if you take your time and don't apply too much pressure.

However most people go "ohh a big grinder lets SHOVE steel into it so it works faster"

I always finish the job with a hand file too, it cleans off any burrs left by the grinder and creates a very fine blade finish.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-30-2012, 08:36 PM
patrick6411 patrick6411 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 106
Rep Power: 3
patrick6411 is on a distinguished road
Default

I take mine in most of the time. Any suggestions on balancing the blades once you have sharped them?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-03-2012, 01:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here are a couple of the blade balancers out there.



__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
best blades to buy? dell Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 1 06-08-2012 07:30 AM
Gator Blades VS. Mulching Blades Fresh Cut General Talk 21 03-23-2012 12:55 AM
when to sharpen blades caddy0291 General Talk 7 08-10-2011 06:49 PM
Blades tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 5 05-16-2010 11:57 PM
How to sharpen a mower blade video Steve Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 4 01-24-2008 09:30 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,609
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
Yesterday 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 79
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 08:21 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 190
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
Yesterday 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 303
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
Yesterday 06:00 PM
by homey
5 161
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by stevef1201
7 207
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
Yesterday 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 97
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
12-17-2014 05:09 PM
by Chilehead
28 8,939
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,968
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,113
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,312
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 286
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 288
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 352
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 260
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 801
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 803
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 276
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,075
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 389
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,365
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 624
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 473
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,803
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 896
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 426
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 421
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,178
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,701
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 966
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,257
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,449
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 597
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 678
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,221
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 852
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,234
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,866
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 707
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,445
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 633
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,522
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,482
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,497
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 707
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,276
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,176
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 613
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,692
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
11-28-2014 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 2,322
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment complex bark bid bob villa care collections commercial decorating demonstration edging employee problems estimate ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to hydraulic installation introduction jobs labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new mower past due patio install per hour service podcast push versus ride reo running a business scag v-ride scripts shell small engine repair snow sprayer starting a business steve tractor auger trailer mate pro tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting up sell employee won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:33 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:33 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy