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Forum topic by Theedge posted 08-30-2017 02:59 AM 482 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2017 02:59 AM

I am looking to get into saw blades and hole saws. Can anyone suggest a machine that will sharpen both. I have been looking at the US-550 and the Foley Belsaw models.

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#1 posted 08-30-2017 04:59 AM

I assume you mean you want to get into sharpening them. Foley and US-550 are both reputable outfits. What are you thinking you want to do, set up a sharpening shop? It’s a hit-or-miss business to get into. Lots of retired guys dream of setting up a sharpening shop and making money while sharing coffee with their buddies. My late father-in-law did that, and ultimately I wound up with the Foley machines for which I had no use.

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#2 posted 08-30-2017 04:14 PM

I echo Rich Taylor’s remarks. I too thought I would start a sharpening business, which I did, but found out it has very limited market. Carbide saw blades for example were good profit makers, but the best market for circular saw blades were building contractors and they switched to “throw away” saw blades that they could buy for $3 or $4. So I am stuck with a shop full of Foley sharpening equipment. I have a handsaw filing machine, but nobody sharpens them anymore, at least not around me. I have a complete shop full of sharpening machines that are now gathering rust. The only machine I still use is a carbide grinder. I use that to sharpen all my own saw blades. Not to discourage you if going into a business is what you want, but don’t expect to get rich doing so. If you are determined, check E-bay and CL for used machines. You will find lots of machines there at very good prices.

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