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Wildwood

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#1 posted 08-30-2016 10:25 AM

The only point not brought up is initial cost of carbide tools & cutter replacement over HSS tools. Yes can certainly buy some steel and make your own carbide tools and save a few bucks but cutters & replacements not cheap.

You can touch up those non-HSS tools you have now by hand with a stone. A bench grinder or belt sander would be faster. Just don’t buy your grinder at HF they don’t seem to last.

Hardest thing for me was getting the same bevel angle at the grinder so bought intermediate Wolverine jig set. Lot of people start out with the Basic Set! I can freehand sharpen now but still use my jig. You can find Wolverine systems at many places but prices about the same.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=packard&Product_Code=142629&Category_Code=sharp-wss

There are other sharpening jigs on the market today and lot of people make their own. I made several jigs before biting the bullet and picked up Wolverine system.

Think we have someone here that uses a Wolverine system on their belt sander, but that’s above my pay grade!

-- Bill


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