I started sharpening drill bits and repairing broken bits for my father
when I was in my teens. He had a simple and inexpensive jig which
made the process nearly foolproof. The modern setup that I now own
is equally simple and reliable. It even does a perfect job on masonry
bits. And scissors. And it really didn't cost very much - about $40.
As others have said, I can't see anybody with many drill bits paying
for sharpening when they can do it themselves so easily. Those with
fewer bits can just buy cheap replacements as needed. And there are
always those who spend their entire lives not realizing that their cutting
implements are dull.
The only only possible way that I'd see somebody making a bit of extra
income sharpening bits:
If you already have a small business with a lot of repeat customers who
don't tend to fix everything themselves. For example, I've got a neighbor
who repairs lawnmowers and other small gas engine gear. He operates
out of his garage. This is his retirement "hobby" and source of some
extra money. I could see him operating a sideline sharpening business.
The customers are located nearby they could do the drop off and pick up.
Even so, just how much is somebody going to pay your to sharpen 16
drill bits in a set that he bought for $18? Especially if most in the set
are still reasonably sharp, which is often the case.
Stormin Mormon wrote in message ...
I've met at least a few folks who don't have the wrist motion for sharpening
drill bits. As it happens, I was shown many years ago.
Anyone out there think there is money to be made, perhaps a mail order drill
bit sharpening service?
Christopher A. Young
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