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  1. dan330

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    my garden tools are dull... cant cut the bushes.. and the lawn mower blade aint cuttin it.

    other than buying new tools.. or buying sharpening tools.
    where can I go to get these things sharpened?

    I called home depot.. they say they don't do that kind of thing.

    thanks

     

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    Ask around with your neighbors. All you need is someone with a grinding wheel.
     
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    yeah... I am new to the area.. cant ask them.

    so is there not a business that does this?
     
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    Really what better way to get to know one or two of them?
     
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    sure.. but I am hesitant .. for that to me my first intro.
    asking for something....

    I am kind of leaning to go to Home Depot and just by one of those $20 hand sharpeners.
    I am sure there will be a lot of blades around the house that needs attention
     
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    ^^^ That isn't really going to help you for gardening tools.

    A good file (with a handle!!) is all you need for sharpening most of that kind of stuff. And a modest vise, but those are so crazy expensive!! Do you have a Harbor Freight around?

    There are plenty of videos on youtube on how to sharpen things like mower blades, shovels, shears, etc. The trick with a mower blade is not to make it too sharp, and also to be sure you check it for basic balance since you're removing metal from both ends. Oh, and those crappy drill attachments? Don't fall for it. You're more likely to simply ruin things.

    If you don't want to mess with it, yelp for a mower/small engine repair shop in your area. This is bread-and-butter work for them.

    And so far as your neighbors, bake some of those nestle ready-to bake cookies and take a plate over to say hi, and while you're chatting ask if they know a good place to get your mower blade and garden tools sharpened. You're not asking to borrow anything or for help, etc., but they may then happily offer. If not, you can go meet mo-wer of your neighbors. :D

    Good luck.
     
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    Hmm very interesting hey... I wonder why they don't have that kind of service there in the shop?? That's odd we usually have that kind of thing all over the place... Usually knife sharperners and that sort of thing... I am surprised Yankie Doodle Land doesn't have that sort of basic thing :D

    xD

    looool just kidding depends on the city :D

    I guess at least :)

    We got an epic "hovering lawn mower" in the garage and it's freaking awesome!!!

    Got it's blades sharpened for only like I think it was 100 bucks or something like that?

    I love that lawn mower I think I am like from Star Wars when I around with it :D:D:D
     
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    I know ACE Hardware USED to do it. Call around to smaller hardware stores, not the big box places.
     
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    just called the nearest ACE Hardware.... bingo.. winner winner chicken dinner...
    They do still offer this service..

    Law mower blades for $8

    Bush shears for $8 (flat blades)

    but I think I will stop by Harbor Freight and see how much sharpeners cost.. I think the big cost is getting a good vice to hold it.
    might do it myself....
     
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    harbor Freight..
    had a new bush shears for $13...
    and a block for sharpening tools/knives for $3...
    or go to Ace and pay $8 for someone to do it...

    I stood there for 30 mins .. trying to decide which to get!

    finally decided to get the block... so I can sharpen other things around the house..
    worked out fine...

    :)
     
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    Running a lawn care business, sharpening blades is a more than weekly occurrence. There is more than keeping an edge on a blade to consider. The original angle they were ground to should be maintained. They also should be balanced. If you grind more off of one side than the other the blade will not be balanced and cause your mower to vibrate and suffer excessive wear. One sharpening will not get you into trouble. But keep this in mind moving forward. Multiple sharpening could cause a problem if you don't pay attention to what you are doing.

    When you remove your mower blade for sharpening it's a great time to give it some inspection. Most all mower blades have a trailing fin. The fin creates a vacuum which pulls the grass erect so that all long grass blades are cut. The area where the that trailing fin rises from the flat surface of the blade will suffer erosion over time. If the metal looks stressed or is excessively thin at the point where it rises from the horizontal/flat portion of the blade it's time to be replaced.

    Best of luck in your sharpening adventure.
     
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    ^^^ He's a pretty sharp guy, so I'd suggest following his advice.

    Oh, sorry, I thought this was the punny thread...
     
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    Hmm very fascinating... I wonder if there is some kind of tool to measure how much mass is on one side compared to the other to check for an imbalance?

    Hmmm very interesting... in my line of work we need to calibrate everything - all equipment rigorously as even the slightest defect can be devastating and catastrophic... and get 1000's if not millions (if it is nuclear) of people killed...

    In my line of work you have to be extremely careful because the slightest error can get everyone killed... even for miles and miles... I wonder how it would be measured to check for balance on a blade though?

    I find that very interesting :)

    I looooove this kind of topic... @olbriar my friend how does that work to test for whether or not the blade is evenly balanced?

    I am quite confident that on an aircraft that with an airplane fan blade(s) it would be dire and have one of the most highest priority (if not the highest) to have the blade very thoroughly inspected all over (including an evenly balanced blade) to ensure there are 0 errors or defects because it would be catastrophic if it was unbalanced... even though it is highly unlikely that an aircraft blade / propeller would require sharping from time to time (maybe it does?) it would be extremely serious if it was not evenly balance....

    Hmmmmm.... very very very interesting ...... I already know for certain applications on aircraft you need X-RAYS to check for certain structural fabrication defects within welding and other fabrication processes to ensure it either meets or surpasses industry standards... I think it depends on the type of aircraft too - I am talking about the "more" serious aircraft though... it costs a fortune to do the radio-graphic testing... but totally necessary other wise it would be dangerous to fly it...also sometimes I have heard of Ultrasound being used to check for all sorts of fabrication defects however never used ultrasound myself...

    For example in space craft they go into extreme and insane maddening details to ensure it is almost bullet proof to go into space... I am quite confident all sorts of testing is done to ensure she is all good to go... way more so than a "simple" blade...

    I really want to know - how does one test for an imbalance in the blade??

    You got me hooked now :D

    I loooove this kind of topic sorry just sayin :D

    Found this because you have me wondering now:

    http://www.rc-airplane-world.com/how-to-balance-a-propeller.html

    Ahh very cool!
     
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    I appreciate the scientific talk about lawn mower blades, but it's completely wasted on my lawn. The grass is waaaaay past such nuances. In fact my next plan is a 'scorched earth' attack, and blitz it with glyphosate, or some other deadly plant killer, then rotovate the remaining wasteland, in preparation for re-laying the turf.
     
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    I have been threatening to cement my whole yard, paint it green and shoot my lawnmower.
     
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    Great idea!
     
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    ok ok.. .. funny!
    that reminds me of another issue


    next spring.. in the back of my parent's house.. the yard is next to the wooded area of a park.
    on the other side of the fence.. the vines and bushes have gone wild!... we have had great wet weather the last few yrs.
    I can no longer see the ground!!! seriously!!!

    what is the best plan of attack? with least amount of physical work?
    I have tried the simple weed poisons.. they kill them, but in a few months...
    they are back!
     
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    That's gardening for you - it's a constant battle, I mean job, keeping it under control.
    I, like you am not an enthusiastic gardener, which is unfortunate as our garden is comparatively large.
    We have an area of trees, which are owned by the council on one side of our fence. In fact the roots have now severely weakened the fence posts, causing fence panels to collapse. If they don't turn up soon, I plan to fire up the chainsaw and do a bit of hacking myself. Haha!
     
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    goats... hhhmmm... how feasible is this? realistic?

    how long would I need them?
    how many goats? maybe 2...
    1 week?
     
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    can you imagine me calling around asking for goats to rent.. hahahahaha
     
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    Things never stop growing in your garden. The goat would be a long term arrangement I think.
     
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    not my garden..

    parent's house.. back yard
    huge city park.. wooded area..
    on other side of fence....
    30x60 feet.
     
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    GANGSTA GOAT is gonna (b)eat your (gr)ASS mother ****er!!!!

    Gangsta goat is NOBODY'S BITCH



    GANGSTA GOAT SAYS -

    I IS NOT EMINEM
     

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