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Vern
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:27 pm    Post subject: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When sharpening mower blades, do you clean the dried grass residue from them?
If so, how?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I clean them with a wire wheel placed in the cordless drill
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:01 am    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I soak 'em in water & putty knife them clean.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you don't clean them, it will be very hard if not impossible to get them balanced.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Yep, must clean em to re-balance em.
I use a wire wheel on a bench grinder, makes fast work of it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put them in my tire testing trough, full of water, for a day, then flip for another day, the scum scratches off against the top edge of the tank, and drops on the ground, the rest cleans off with hand pressure, just wiping it.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. I have been using the wire wheel & bench grinder but it leaves a big mess on the shop floor.
I remember that we used to clean the sycle bars by putting them in water for awhile. I think I will try that since I have an extra set of blades.

Thanks again;
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Mower blades Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Last fall I bought a pipefitters tri stand/vise and discovered that the vise set up outside works really good for cleaning and sharpening mower blades. I power wire brush them off with a side grinder mounted brush then sharpen them with a grinding wheel on another side grinder I then balance them on the cone on a point then give them a coating of Mo-Deck (avail at walmart)which keeps the grass from sticking so tight to the blades.
 
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