A shot at Foley 397 saw sharpener for $50.... should I?

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Forum topic by Holbs posted 08-22-2018 12:20 AM 501 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2018 12:20 AM

I have an opportunity to purchase a Foley 397 hand saw sharpener + attachments for $50. Not much out there in regards to what to look for in a used Foley 397, what attachments are mandatory, etc except for a youtube video of a 397 in action which was really cool. As told, is 100% operational and clean with attachments. I do have a number of handsaws to sharpen, and to keep sharpened from tenon, panels, carcass, etc. I actually do not mind sharpening by hand but for $50…. Hmm….. wouldn’t hurt, would it? (I did ask if had retoother as well, but no go).

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#1 posted 08-22-2018 01:31 AM

Try this thread

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#2 posted 08-23-2018 02:39 PM

$50 sounds like a no brainer. I’d buy it

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#3 posted 08-23-2018 03:28 PM

If you decide to get the 397, make sure it comes with the ratchet bars. A handsaw sharpener uses up files quickly, usually one file per 3 sharpenings. Do not try to resharpen saws with induction or flame hardened teeth. Those were not intended to be sharpenable. That 397 will also sharpen circular saw blades, but NOT carbide. I have that same sharpener, but with the cast iron legs. I don’t use it anymore because I don’t use handsaws. I have many of the Foley tools, and the only one that gets use is the carbide saw sharpener for my own blades. Handsaws, when I do sharpen them, I do by hand. I used to sharpen saws as a business, but it is no longer profitable to do so. Most of my Foley tools are gathering dust and rust. If it were not for the rust, I would put them up for sale. The motors are still good, so they can be reused.

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