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MikeDVB

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08-06-2018 03:54 PM

I ran a search here but … I must be blind.

I don’t have any dull blades yet but I am wanting to get information ready so that when I do need to send one off to be sharpened I know where I’m sending it and what to expect.

I looked at a few of the DIY setups and honestly I’d rather just send it off to be sharpened.

Any recommendations on good sharpening companies / what to expect?

-- Mike


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 04:00 PM

WHY would you start another thread on this subject … please do your research first thanks :<((

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 04:36 PM



WHY would you start another thread on this subject … please do your research first thanks :<((

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=saw+blade+sharpening&sa.x=7&sa.y=9

- GR8HUNTER


I ran a search here but … I must be blind.

To be honest this forum software isn’t the easiest to use.

-- Mike

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ArtMann

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 04:48 PM

If everyone concentrated on searching old threads for information then the forum would probably just shrivel up and die. Almost every subject related to woodworking has already been discussed several times since the forum started. I don’t see the problem with starting a new conversation about an old subject.

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MikeDVB

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 05:08 PM



If everyone concentrated on searching old threads for information then the forum would probably just shrivel up and die. Almost every subject related to woodworking has already been discussed several times since the forum started. I don t see the problem with starting a new conversation about an old subject.

- ArtMann

Indeed – that and how members feel they’re being treated by other members is important as well.

Most of my interactions here have been positive. I did start my post out even stating that I did search but I must be blind.

:Shrug:

-- Mike

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Richard

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 05:14 PM


If everyone concentrated on searching old threads for information then the forum would probably just shrivel up and die. Almost every subject related to woodworking has already been discussed several times since the forum started. I don t see the problem with starting a new conversation about an old subject.

- ArtMann

Totally Agree Art. I dealt with one last week, that was originally Posted in 2013. It was a Question and the Member found an old Post that came very close to his needs so he just asked on there and got numerous Responses.

You Did Fine Mike and this is also Very True “how members feel they’re being treated by other members is important as well.” Excellent Point but one that is to often Ignored! Just like this one!

Best Regards: Richard/Rick/Hey You! ...lol…

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 05:34 PM

Forrest has been quoted as being one of the best saw blade companies for sharpening blades, not just their own brand. Be advised though; if the blade is an inexpensive one (<$40), it may not be cost effective to have sharpened. If the blade is a “premium” brand, it is definitely worth it to resharpen, but you must examine the overall condition of the blade. If there are any teeth missing, the cost to replace them goes for around $5 to $8 per tooth to replace, so if many teeth are missing or badly chipped, it may not be worthwhile to have sharpened. But there’s no reason to toss the blade in the trash. It can still be used for cutting other materials that normally produce excessive wear on a blade, such as construction grade lumber with embedded nails and abrasive materials.

You are right to bring up an old topic, as you now get the latest and greatest information currently available. A post that is several years old may be OK back when, but times change and so does information. A suggested sharpening service quoted in 2005 may no longer exist. As for DIY sharpening, I would caution that it is not a skill easily attained without much practice (I sharpen my own carbide blades) and it requires expensive machines the typical woodworker doesn’t have nor wants to buy; I have the machines from when I was in the sharpening business.

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#7 posted 08-06-2018 05:42 PM



WHY would you start another thread on this subject … please do your research first thanks :<((

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=saw+blade+sharpening&sa.x=7&sa.y=9

- GR8HUNTER


Considering the first that popped up for me was from 2015,2009 then 2012. I think it’s just fine to start a new thread companies go under,new ones start up and services quality does the same. Why wouldn’t you start a new one and op is new to the forum.

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Richard

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#8 posted 08-06-2018 06:01 PM


WHY would you start another thread on this subject … please do your research first thanks :<((

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=017914489645407774653%3Agwwk-zif3wk&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=saw+blade+sharpening&sa.x=7&sa.y=9

- GR8HUNTER

Considering the first that popped up for me was from 2015,2009 then 2012. I think it s just fine to start a new thread companies go under,new ones start up and services quality does the same. Why wouldn t you start a new one and op is new to the forum.

- diverlloyd

Agree Completely! I did 3 last week (Answering Questions) They were all in the 2013/2014 Range.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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diverlloyd

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#9 posted 08-06-2018 06:35 PM

Yes answers in this hobby change monthly. When it comes to services.

Mine I haven’t sent any of mine out to be sharpened. I use a Irwin marples combo blade and it has done very well for a couple of years now. Most of the time they just need cleaned. Once mine starts making some bad cuts I will take a small diamond plate to it to hone it back up. Here is what I will be using also works for router bits
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/m-power-double-side-router-bit-stone

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MikeDVB

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#10 posted 08-06-2018 07:32 PM



Forrest has been quoted as being one of the best saw blade companies for sharpening blades, not just their own brand. Be advised though; if the blade is an inexpensive one (<$40), it may not be cost effective to have sharpened. If the blade is a “premium” brand, it is definitely worth it to resharpen, but you must examine the overall condition of the blade. If there are any teeth missing, the cost to replace them goes for around $5 to $8 per tooth to replace, so if many teeth are missing or badly chipped, it may not be worthwhile to have sharpened. But there s no reason to toss the blade in the trash. It can still be used for cutting other materials that normally produce excessive wear on a blade, such as construction grade lumber with embedded nails and abrasive materials.

You are right to bring up an old topic, as you now get the latest and greatest information currently available. A post that is several years old may be OK back when, but times change and so does information. A suggested sharpening service quoted in 2005 may no longer exist. As for DIY sharpening, I would caution that it is not a skill easily attained without much practice (I sharpen my own carbide blades) and it requires expensive machines the typical woodworker doesn t have nor wants to buy; I have the machines from when I was in the sharpening business.

- MrRon

I have an Amana 610240 Ripping 10” x 24T FT and a Ridge Carbide TS2000 40T FT Box joint blade that were decently expensive at ~$95 and $129.

All of my other blades are pretty cheap blades from Lowe’s that I’d be inclined to just replace.

To be honest it should seem obvious to me – but I’m still working out what makes one carbide saw blade better than another. These two I got specifically because they’re flat-top and I wanted a couple of options in tooth count.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 08-06-2018 07:41 PM

Go to Freud’s recommended sharpeners in Indiana. Here is their link. There seem to be two in Indiana.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 08-06-2018 07:48 PM

I think it depends on the cost of the blade you want sharpened. Just seems to me that unless you are buying super expensive blades it’s more cost effective to “semi-retire” the old blades and use them for jobs where you are going to rough cut or rip a bunch of wood for a project. When you can buy blades like 50 tooth Irwin Marples or CMTs for $35 that cut just fine I consider them disposable. For my one “super expensive” blade my local saw shop does a great job.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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jonah

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#13 posted 08-06-2018 09:15 PM

If there’s a Woodcraft or Rockler near you they’ll have a blade sharpening place they work with. You pay a small premium above what you’d pay the sharpener yourself, but if you can’t find one that’s an option.

Forrest is really quite good, but you have to pay postage both ways. That can get pricey compared to a local place you can just drop the blade off and pick it up at.

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Blindhog

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#14 posted 08-07-2018 11:24 AM

Just sent in a 12” CMS blade along with three 10” TS blades (all Forrest) to Forrest for sharpening. I also sent four router bits. The bits caused a delay in returning as they were farmed out another vendor. All came back better than new and I was very pleased with the end product. Highly recommended!

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#15 posted 08-07-2018 11:49 AM

You might also check and see if the same shops that sharpen saw blades also sharpen router bits. Finding a reputable shop on-line is the most difficult part of the process. I came across one in IL that did a great job on saw blades, dado blades, and router bits. It’s been a few years and I need to get stuff sharpened again but I don’t remember the name of the shop.

As others have said, cost is the biggest issue. In addition to the shop cost you also have shipping to/from costs and they can add up as well.

As a side note – I will stand in defense of GR8HUNTER and say that there are a lot of questions that get posted over and over again (dust collection comes to mind) which does make me wonder if people actually do any research or just want someone else to give them the answer. In this case, the OP did say he might have missed the thread on saw blades. This might be a good time for someone to make a forum post labeled “Saw Blade Sharpeners” and start a list of good shops for the entire LJ community to use.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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