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Implement Alley Discussion Forum

Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower?

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Will Herring

06-06-2013 17:08:25




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How in the world do I sharpen this thing? I can tell as I mow with it that it more... Beats the grass than cuts it. Not sure if it has been sharpened in the last 20 years, honestly.

Also, having never been underneath this thing to scope it out, is there one long blade or two smaller ones?




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Will Herring

06-09-2013 09:13:58




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-06-2013 17:08:25  
I could see a hydraulic cylinder working well on this. And yes, I make it a point to never get off the tractor while the PTO is engaged ever. This mower can throw stuff everywhere; it has a lot of power.



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Will Herring

06-07-2013 16:17:25




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-06-2013 17:08:25  
Alrighty, good to know; Thanks!

Also, are those weird bolt holes on the back between those two plates so you can bolt something on the rear of the mower?
This post was edited by Will Herring at 16:18:05 06/07/13.



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Diydave

06-07-2013 16:24:26




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-07-2013 16:17:25  
The brackets on back are part of tail wheel/rear braces for when the unit is a snap coupler or 3 point hitch mount.



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Bret4207

06-08-2013 07:06:09




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Diydave, 06-07-2013 16:24:26  
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Yup, took me a while to figure them out.

I replaced the hand link on mine with a hyd cylinder. Much nicer when you have rock and stumps. Also- just in case you didn't know this- NEVER, EVER climb on the deck with the blades spinning to adjust the hand link. If the deck rusts through your legs go right into the spinning blade! Gave me the willies the first time I considered that!

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Bret4207

06-07-2013 05:37:37




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-06-2013 17:08:25  
Hey, thanks for finally ID'ing my bush hog! Got the same exact thing. Mine has 2 heavy blades. I replaced the originals with TSC blades after I broke one, so parts aren't hard to find.



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ben there

06-06-2013 20:24:16




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-06-2013 17:08:25  
i use a flap wheel on a 4.5" grinder...cuts faster than a grinding disk and less likely to explode during use...also leaves a nice edge.



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Diydave

06-06-2013 17:54:33




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Will Herring, 06-06-2013 17:08:25  
There were several options for blades, back then, ours had a blade on each end of the carriage, and a bar, that connected the 2 blades, under the arched center carriage. It has 2 carriage bolts, big suckers, 3/4", I think, with a cotter pin above the castle nut. There is also a bushing, that goes into the 1-1/2" hole in the blades. We always took the snap coupler version of this mower, and backed it over a hill, and removed the blades to sharpen. Not being able to see what's under your machine, it might be easier to use a hand held 4-1/2" hand grinder, to sharpen them on the machine. You can get blades, but the AC uses a blade with like 4 or 4-1/2" offset.

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bpark3

06-06-2013 18:09:37




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 Re: Best way to sharpen the blade on an AC 160 mower? in reply to Diydave, 06-06-2013 17:54:33  
hi Will. should be one long blade with flexible tips. to sharpen mine, i stand it on it"s rear end by the hitch with a front end loader and use a 4 1/2" angle grinder. this old guy would rather stand up than lay down. regards, bob



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