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    Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    Really? Yah, I saw a set in a Tractor Supply for under $40 and wondered how one sharpens them and how they deal with rocks. Package said they stay sharp longer. Then what?

    I worked with carbide for decades as a machinist/toolmaker and I know that you can't get a decent edge using those green stones, you gotta use diamond wheels.

    Plus the stuff is brittle and shatters before it deflects.

    Any one use 'em?

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    Re: Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    Maybe reading this thread will give you more info: http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=114652.
    That's the best I can do....hopefully since I responded to this others will see it and help you out.
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    Re: Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    It seemed kind of gimicky to me. Hit a rock with carbide and odds are it'll crack the carbide and leave a deep pit.


    There's silicon carbide grinding wheels that are pretty good at fast carbide stock removal. They produce a really crappy edge all ragged and prone to chipping if used in machine shop applications so ya gotta follow it with a diamond wheel. But for grass? It might be fine The wheels wear out pretty quickly too.
    So you need special grinding wheels and they don't last.

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    Re: Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    I noticed that Oregon (as in chain saw) advertises a tungsten carbide mulcher blade, but it looks like a hot spray coating and is advertise to last (only) twice as long as steel. This tells us its not solid carbide.

    I also do not see how a real carbide tipped blade would hold up to the shock of rocks even if backed up with (softer) steel as in table saws and metal cutters.

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    Re: Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    Carbide tips work great on miter/compound miter saws, circular saws, and table saws, and they stay sharp for a very long time, i have used them to cut plastic siding with a compound miter saw and the blade stayed sharp. they stay sharp for a long time but i have no idea about the mower blades. carbide chips when it comes in contact with metal or something like that. so i dont think it would work to well with hitting a rock. just my opinion.

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    Re: Tungston Carbide Tipped Blade?

    It is a carbide coating on the bottom edge of the blade to slow the wear of the steel blade. Slows down the wear of the cutting edge so you don't have to sharpen as often, but will have no defense against solid objects such as rocks, steel post and the most favorite hit object the water meter.
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