I just received my new Wood Worker II for Forrest today. I plan to install
it tomorrow. Now the question is do I send in the old Craftsman blade in for
sharpening or just keep it around for ruff work. Is it even worth the
shipping and sharpening cost?
Depends. If it is the $10 blade, it is probably not worth spending $15 to
have it sharpened. If it is a $50 blade, by all means, get it done and keep
it for when your neighbor asks you to rip a couple of 4 x 4s. Always handy
to have a spare blade.
Would you please tell me where you are talking about sending it to be
sharpened. Does Craftsman have a sharpen service? I wouldn't think Forrest
would fool with a Craftsman blade? I have a Craftsman blade I would like to
have sharpened soon. No good sharpen service here.
Check out Forrest Manufacturing Company (1-800-733-7111). These
folks are the pros. They sharpen any carbide saw blade. They will
even replace tips. Cost ranges, depending on # teeth, blade size.
For example, 16-32 teeth up to 12" dia and up to 3/16" kerf runs about
$18+shipping. They claim 3-5 day turn around.
Craftsman does not have a service that I know of, but there are many other
places. Forrest is one, I've use Ridge Carbide
http://www.ridgecarbidetool.com/html/sharpening.htm My DeWalt blade came
back better than new. A 40 tooth blade will cost $12.75 + shipping. I sent
a couple of Feuds along with the DeWalt. Good job on all of them.
Forrest and Ridge are in business to make money. They make and sell new
blades, they sharpen old blades. Yes, they will do your Craftsman as well as
any other brand. Router bits too. As long as the blade was decent to begin
with, have it sharpened. There will always be rough work to be done and
you'd rather use a low cost blade for that.
While Forrest does an excellent job and that is where I send my blades, they
are in business to make money and not discriminate against brands of blades.
I send mine in with instructions to do such and such repairs and to call me
if the repairs will be more than x amount of dollars.
In my area their are about eight local saw sharpening services. They are listed
in the yellow pages under "Saw - Sharpening & Repair" and also "Sharpening
Services". I asked a few contractors who they would recommend before selecting
one. I get my saw, planer and jointer blades sharpened at the same place. I
recently found out that, unfortunately, they don't straighten bent blades.
Leon, I was wondering what Forrest charged to straighten your blade when you
tilted the blade with a zero clearance insert in the saw. About two weeks ago I
did the same thing to my WWII.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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LOL.. You know Jack it has been about 2 years since I had done that and
was well on my way to forgetting that brilliant move.
They charge by the hour and minimum is $6.75.
To sharpen, straighten, test cut and return shipping, $42. Not cheap but
the blade cut like new again.
Take a look here.
Any of the above. I used UPS because they pickup at work every day. I've
shipped and received very expensive items via UPS with no problems. With
the millions of packages they handle, they have a very low claim rate. Saw
blades are rather rugged anyway. I've shipped $5,000 electronic controllers
We regularly sent millions of dollars worth of electronic equipment with
UPS every month. As others have mentioned, national borders can raise the
need for preplanning.
More losses seem to have occured from mishandling in the warehouses than we
experienced with UPS or FedEx.
And you can insure...
Probably less expensive to just replace the Crapsman blade than to
Blades that cost (and are worth) more than around $50 are probably
worth resharpening. Blades that cost less than around $25-30 are
probably a waste of money to resharpen. Save for doing the rough cuts
or cutting in wood that might have buried metal/nails/etc and save the
Forrest for the finish cuts and use in good wood
On Fri, 11 Feb 2005 23:39:13 -0500, "doc44"
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