If you want to keep your lawn looking neat and tidy, it’s important to keep your trimmer blades sharp. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to sharpen your trimmer blades.
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Gather your supplies.
When it comes to gardening, your trimmer is one of your most important tools. A sharp blade not only makes for a cleaner trim, but it also makes the job easier and can save your plants from damage. But even the best blades will eventually get dull and need to be sharpened. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have razor-sharp blades in no time.
Gather your supplies.
To sharpen your trimmer blades, you’ll need a file, some sandpaper, and a stone. You can find all of these supplies at your local hardware store.
Remove the trimmer head.
Most trimmer heads can be easily removed with a screwdriver. Once the head is off, look for two small pinch bolts holding the blade onto the shaft. Use the screwdriver to loosen these bolts and remove the blade. If your trimmer has a different style of attachment, consult your owner’s manual for instructions on how to remove the blade.
With the blade removed, inspect it for damage. If the cutting edge is only slightly dull, you may be able to sharpen it with a file. If the blade is severely damaged, however, it will need to be replaced.
To sharpen the cutting edge, use a medium-grit file or sharpening stone. Begin by filing or sharpening at an angle of about 30 degrees. Be sure to keep both sides of the blade even as you work. After a few strokes with the file or stone, test the blade on a piece of paper. It should cut cleanly without tearing. If it doesn’t, continue filing or sharpening until it does.
Once the cutting edge is sharp, use a fine-grit file or stone to smooth any burrs that may have been left behind by the coarser file or stone. Again, test the blade on a piece of paper before reassembling your trimmer.
If your trimmer uses a different type of attachment for its blades, such as screws or clamps, consult your owner’s manual for instructions on how to properly sharpen and reattach them.
Inspect the blades.
It is important to frequently inspect the blades of your trimmer. If the blades are starting to get dull, they will not cut as well and it will be more difficult to get a clean, even trim. You should also check the blades for any nicks or damage which can cause the trimmer to vibrate, making it more difficult to use and potentially causing injury.
##Heading: Clean the blades
Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any dirt or debris from the blades. Be sure to remove any sap or residue which can gum up the blade and make it difficult to sharpen.
##Heading: Sharpen the blades
There are a few different ways that you can sharpening your trimmer blades. You can use a sharpening stone, a powersharpener, or you can take them to a professional sharpener.
Clean the blades.
Over time, trimmer blades will become dull from use. This can cause the blades to catch on hair and pull, rather than cut cleanly. Depending on how often you use your trimmer, you may need to sharpen the blades every few months. Luckily, it’s easy to do at home with just a few household items.
First, you’ll need to clean the blades. Start by unplugging your trimmer and removing the blade guard. Use a small brush or toothpick to remove any hair or debris that’s caught in between the blades. You can also hold the trimmer under running water to rinse it off.
Next, use a sharpening stone to hone the blades. Start with a coarse-grit stone, then move on to a finer one if necessary. Sharpen each blade in a circular motion until it’s nice and sharp.
Finally, put the blade guard back on and plug in your trimmer. Test it out on a small section of hair to make sure the blades are cutting properly before moving on to the rest of your head.
Sharpen the blades.
Lubricate the trimmer blade. Use a few drops of oil on a clean cloth to lubricate the trimmer blade. This will help protect the blade and keep it from rusting.
Use a honing stone. If your blades are very dull, you may need to use a honing stone to sharpen them. Wet the stone with water and hold it against the blade while you move it back and forth.
Use a diamond sharpener. If you have a diamond sharpener, you can use it to sharpen your trimmer blades. Wet the sharpener with water and hold it against the blade while you move it back and forth.
Use a sharpening file. If you do not have a honing stone or diamond sharpener, you can use a sharpening file to sharpen your trimmer blades. Wet the file with water and hold it against the blade while you move it back and forth.
Reassemble the trimmer head.
Reassemble the trimmer head, taking care that the blade is positioned correctly in the housing. If the blade is not positioned correctly, the trimmer will vibrate excessively.