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 05-18-2004, 14:41 Post: 86320
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Last time I used my chipper it seemed that the chips were a bit larger and contained more "strands" than before. This may have been due to the increased amount of deadwood in my last session, but to be sure I examined the reversable blades. The edge in use still felt every bit as sharp as the unused edge. I have about 15 hours on these blades so far, chipping only soft douglas fir. I'm curious - for those of you who use chippers a lot, how many hours on average do you use the blades between sharpenings?






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 Chipper blade sharpening frequency

If the wood is clean and not too dry, 500 - 750 hours.

I send them to a fellow who makes the cutter blades for a custom wood moulding shop near me, he sharpens them using a machine for sharpening planes, chisels, and router bits. The blades stay a lot sharper, a lot longer when he does them. His machine grinds them under a stream of water to keep them from heating up.

As an aside, he also told me he could supply with replacement blades for a good price. He wasn't kidding, his price was about a third of the cost for the OEM replacements.

Best of luck.






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Thanks, Murf! That's good information. Since all the stuff we chip is freshly cut (with some deadwood) it sounds like sharpening them at the start of each season should work just fine.






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 05-21-2004, 20:23 Post: 86552
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 Chipper blade sharpening frequency

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Time between sharpening varies greatly. It all depands on what you put threw it. As for 500-750 hours between sharpening. I have never seen that. 50-75 hours would be doing very good. Most home owners will not put 500 hrs on their chipper in there life time. Good Luck and
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Thanks, Chipperman. I'm chipping mostly freshly cut douglas fir trees, and have been putting 10-12 hours/week on the chipper. I'll probably put ~200 hours on the chipper each year (lots of tree thinning to do on 15 acres). A big part of this is just getting familiar with the chipper and how it behaves with sharp vs. dull blades. I've never used a chipper before this one.






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