With several saw blades on hand, I hate to purchase more to replace the dull
ones. Therefore, I'm considering having them sharpened and asking those who
sharpen their blades for recommendations.
I have also considered the option of doing it myself, though I can imagine
the machine is expensive. BUT...I saw a blade sharpening machine from Harbor
Freight and wondered if anyone uses it? Yea yea, HF, I know, don't do it,
but sometimes they have a gem in the rough.
All inputs appreciated.
Check around, there may be a place nearby that sharpens blades.
I live in a city of about 250000 and there is a local company that does
all the blade sharpening for the industrial shops. I think it was about
25 cents per tooth last time I had it done.
Are they carbide blades or just regular steel? The only thing the HF
POS is good for is for a trash bag weight. Depending on where you live
there should be a sharpening service around somewhere. Ask around at
the lumber yards or call a local sawmill if needed.
If they were expensive, sharpen them. Otherwise the $20 specials at
the Borg are really just a disposable blade.
The stupid thing wouldn't hold an angle for more than 3 teeth. Luckily
I borrowed it because if I had paid good money for it, it would have
been in pieces. I was sharpening some Oldham blades that I use for PT
lumber so no big loss but frustrating none the less.
After being given a tour of my sharpening service where I saw a Swiss
made, computerized controlled, blade sharpening system using a
database of blade profiles to resharpen an 80 tooth blade for less
than $15 is the day I decided my blades will be sharpened by a
Life is too short to waste it trying to do something best done by the
Couldn't agree more. There are limits to being self-reliant and a
tight-a**ed Irishman; and saw sharpening is one of them. Besides,
consistency requires pretty good equipment. One fellow who did mine
years ago sharpened all kinds of saw blades, scissors, knives,
industrial equipment, etc. The sharpening center he used probably
cost as much as a small car. The fellow I use now is less invested
but he does have a grinding jig that indexes things with his cutter.
I do sharpen my own chain saw blades....most of the time.
I would rather spend my time building stuff than finding new ways to
piss myself off.
That's why I don't play golf too.
As others have said, check around. Look in local yellow pages for
sharpening, saw sharpening, etc. If there is a cabinet shop or
contractor available ask if they have theirs sharpened. When we lived
in Wichita, a local private lumber yard chain provided sharpening
services through a lady who lived in a nearby town. You dropped them
off and picked them up a few days later. When I figured out where
they sent them it was easy to check that town's yellow pages and I had
some done directly.
Where we live now, I am fortunate to have located a gentleman who does
excellent work and a very reasonable price. In many cases he provides
Word to the wise! When you locate a source, don't drop all of your
blades at once. Ease in with one or two blades, and if satisfied get
some more done. I responded to a "recommendation" several years ago
and the person screwed up about 1/2-dozen blades.
Good advice. If you lived in Wichita and had good luck with the service
I am guessing the blades ended up being sharpened by a shop in
McPherson. I don't remember the name of the place though.
After a few hit and misses we started using the place and would send them
about a dozen blades per month. They could do real miracles with cheap
blades and absolute marvel on the nicer blades. We could send them good,
high quality blades and they would come back cutting better and pulling
less power then when they were brand new! And they did an exceptional
job on planer and shaper cutters, too.
I had several done locally years ago - the quality was poor. My mitre saw
blade had tearout and they seemed to dull quickly.
So I dsecided to ship several blades and a dado set off to Forrest. The
guys that sell the high quality blades in mags. I'll let you know how they
come back. I have great expectations. Hope they aren't dashed.
If you've got good blades, they're probably worth sharpening. However,
before you start sharpening them yourself, take the time to count the
teeth on the blade. A 40T TS blade doesn't seem so bad, but a 8 TPI hand
saw blade (20" long) has a lot of teeth. The TS blade would probably
require 30-60 seconds per tooth once you got going and the handsaw only
about 5, but that's still an awful lot of work.
A decent file costs less than the HF machine, and lets you put exactly
the geometry on the tooth you desire.
I've sharpened my handsaw blade, and the results are well worth it (pride
especially). It's a lengthy process so music and a comfy chair are
required. I'd be concerned about messing up a good TS with a poorly
sharpened blade. The blade on my TS cost ~5% of what the saw cost, so
it's just not worth the risk.
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