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    Balancing Blades

    How many guys balance new blades before installing them on their tractors?

    How many guys sharpen their new blades before installing them on their tractors? (specifically gator G6 blades)


    I'm about to order new blades and was surfing another site (Lawnsite.com) and a number of guys said after their blades arrived they balanced them since more often than not brand new blades aren't perfectly balanced. A number went a step further and said they threw a file to them as well to perfect the edge. I will be putting G6 blades on my X758. Growing up in the 90s I can never remember by Dad even once balancing blades, let alone new ones.

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    I have never thought to balance new blades and didn't do it when I bought my G6s a few years ago. I sharpen them at the end of each season and balance and honestly I can't recall a time when any of the 3 was too far out of balance, even after my handyman angle grinder antics. I now have a bench grinder and still have not had a balance concern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester_2320 View Post
    I have never thought to balance new blades and didn't do it when I bought my G6s a few years ago. I sharpen them at the end of each season and balance and honestly I can't recall a time when any of the 3 was too far out of balance, even after my handyman angle grinder antics. I now have a bench grinder and still have not had a balance concern.
    Since I'm a noob please humor me. How do you balance your blades? (I'll youtube it as well) Did you buy one of the $200-500 balancers like the magnamatic 1000 balancer?
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    I have never once balanced blades. I buy new G6’s every two seasons, and sharpen them mid-season. A good cut means a healthy lawn.

    This was taken clear into November in Indiana.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ISPTrooper View Post
    I have never once balanced blades. I buy new G6’s every two seasons, and sharpen them mid-season. A good cut means a healthy lawn.

    This was taken clear into November in Indiana.


    You're property is amazing and the lawn looks great! What in particular do you do to sharpen? Hand file and just maintain the edge or do you use a machine set to a specific angle?
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    The G6 blades were plenty sharp from the factory.



    The top blade is one of those G6 blades. They will get sharpened before going back on. Still have snow on the ground and more falling today so I have plenty of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nastorino View Post
    Since I'm a noob please humor me. How do you balance your blades? (I'll youtube it as well) Did you buy one of the $200-500 balancers like the magnamatic 1000 balancer?
    I have one of these. Don't use it much though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nastorino View Post
    You're property is amazing and the lawn looks great! What in particular do you do to sharpen? Hand file and just maintain the edge or do you use a machine set to a specific angle?
    I use a flap wheel like this on my 4.5" grinder.

    Nothing special with the angle. Just maintain what the factory angle was. It isn't that fussy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nastorino View Post
    You're property is amazing and the lawn looks great! What in particular do you do to sharpen? Hand file and just maintain the edge or do you use a machine set to a specific angle?
    Thank you! I maintain the edge with a tabletop grinder. If they become damaged, I just replace them. For $60ish, you can’t beat fresh G6 blades. People spend that much at coffee shops a month.
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    Balancing Blades

    To balance blades, drive a nail perpendicular to a post. Set blade on nail. File the side that hangs down.
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