Well, I got it. $59.99 less 20%. Figured I couldn't get hurt too bad. This is a great little unit. Pleasantly surprized in the quality. I've already sharpened 4 of my blades and several for friends A 10" or 12" are a snap. Tried to sharpen a 16", no carbide, but it would not accept the angle. At this price I've already paid my self back, figuring $12.00 a blade they charge in town.
Now I need to learn how to replace the missing carbide tips.
I've seen this, but I've always figured that if the guy I pay to sharpen my blades can't get them as sharp as I would like with his professional machine, I probably wouldn't have much luck with a HF machine. But it's good to know you like it - maybe I'll think about it again.
I found that after the first round of sharping, I didn't quite grind the teeth all the way to the edge of the carbide. Of cource this does not lead to a harmonious out come. I just hooked it back up and ran around it again, trying to be as even on the grinds as possible. So far they cut like new and I haven't noticed any vibration. I think this is a great little addition to a one man shop. Time will tell if the motor is a good one or not, but this one runs very smooth and the diamond wheel does a cracker jack job. Oh yeah, I used a small rare earth mag to mark where I start and stop.
I've found that you just have to be careful what you pick at HF. I use their abrasives and have never had a problem and the price is right. What I have had trouble with, they take back with no questions and make you happy. The worst problem I've had is the 20 some mile drive to town to swap thing out.
Back when I was in business, I always bought the best money can buy, Snap-on, IR, Makita grinders and drills, Lawson reamers and drill bits, and I was aways happy with the service life. But now in the Social Security era, I've been forced to economize a bit. And when you do have to throw some tool away, it doesn't hurt as much. Right now, it has already paid for itself. Now if I can just figure out how to do bandsaw blades. Hmmm
It has several angle adusutments. My neighbor gave me a handful of junk blades and I had the opportunity to play around with it. And when I messed up, I just made the junkman happy. So save those junk blades to practice on and then you keep the good ones in tip top shape.
Good luck, Peter
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