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Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10524

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So Spring is here with it's usual (huge) list of things to get done.

Today I changed the oil in the mower and put on a fresh blade. (it's one of those Hondas with the dual blade system) Looking at the blade, I got to thinking... This looks like it would mount on the WEPS just fine.

Kinda like those fancy Japanese knives, it's beveled on one side only, but it looks like I could hit that angle and just freehand the flat side to cut the burr.

It does have a strange curve as it comes to the middle. Don't know how that'll work out.

I'll report back, but I'm optomistic.

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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10546

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Sharpening your lawnmower blades is actually helpful to the health of your lawn. :)

If you notice a dull blade will leave the grass more ripped at the top, and it will begin to yellow sooner than a blade of grass cut cleanly. (I used to mow a lot of lawns back in the day!)

Sharpness here doesn't require 0.125 micron edges, since the blade will be subject to high rpm, but that doesn't seem to stop people :whistle: I'd recommend using the WEPS diamonds up to 600 or 1K, and even that is pretty overkill seeing how your local shop will probably just use a bastard file or 36 grit and a leather wheel.

Be sure to get some pictures!
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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10554

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Very true Tom. I used a reel mower for years for just that reason. The scissor cut action is much cleaner. Had to move back to gas a couple years ago. The reel was just taking too much out of me ;) I do miss the peace and quiet of it though.

As you say, I've always used a file (with less than great results)

I was thinking 1000s ;) Of course if I take it to 12,000 those grass blades will be pristinely smooth ;) My yard may get mistaken for Augusta National. ;)

I will definitely get some shots.

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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10578

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So.... 3/4 done. I needed a break. This is taking a LONG time due to the size of the dings I'm removing and how rounded the edge is.

Not complicated but I put over 1000 strokes on the 50s !

Here is the upper blade mounted to do this first side.



I'd originally planned to do the back freehand just cutting the burr, but the width of the rounded apex "encouraged" me to slide the other arm all the way in and do it that way...

Between the two blades there are four cutting surfaces so.....

I really expected this was going to go faster. So far I have about 5 hours into it.

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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10581

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You should've worked out the chips with a grinder or a file first, then fixed everything up with the 50's!

Don't waste the WEPS diamonds if you don't need to, IMO! :ohmy:

BTW - that's a seriously psychedelic tablecloth, my friend! B)
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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10582

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jendeindustries wrote:
You should've worked out the chips with a grinder or a file first, then fixed everything up with the 50's!

Don't waste the WEPS diamonds if you don't need to, IMO! :ohmy:

Oh sure, Tom, now you suggest this? ;)

Well, I do have one more edge to work out.

(OTOH a mower blade is a great way to break in those 50/80s. I was trying to figure out where to do that)
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BTW - that's a seriously psychedelic tablecloth, my friend! B)

True enough. We keep it on that table for when the grandkids come over. AND it's vinyl ;) which has come in handy a few times.

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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10589

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KenBuzbee wrote:
I really expected this was going to go faster. So far I have about 5 hours into it.

Ken

You get the "Tenacity Award of the Week"!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10593

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[quote="cbwx34" post=10589

You get the "Tenacity Award of the Week"!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:[/quote]

Tenacity = Stupidity? ;)

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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10599

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Not at all... I think it's a good learning experience.... if for no other reason, then to learn what not to do. :)
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Re: Anyone done mower blades? 1 year 6 months ago #10601

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Point taken.

At least I can take comfort in my award ;)

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