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Forum topic by gauntlet21 posted 11-05-2018 06:35 PM 886 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gauntlet21

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11-05-2018 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: saw blades sharpening blades circular saw blades circular saw blade sharpening

I’m posting this question to all who read this forum because I’ve never needed a table saw or miter saw blade sharpened until now. I’ve only been woodworking with passion for about a year and a half now and I have a few blades that need a little tuneup. I’ve got the equipment to sharpen the blades myself but only as a touchup. I read how the ACTUALLY sharpen a saw blade and I’ve not got the tools or guts to put some expensive saw blades through the gambit. I’ve not yet worked my way up to the renowned Forrest Woodworker blades yet but there are still a few decent blades that aren’t worth throwing out by any means.

Considering I’ve got about 3-4 blades I’d like to have sharpened, I’m wondering if anyone has a recommendation that is satisfactory (or better) for quality of work, affordability, customer service (if needbe), turn around time, etc. The blades I’ve got to send out range from a 10” 40 tooth blade to a 12” 72 tooth blade.

Thanks,

Dan


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 11-06-2018 04:25 AM

If I was going to send away. I used to get in touch with Scott. Across the country he is listed by many as the guy to go to. Scott Whiting

Scott’s Sharpening Service
5214 West Luke Avenue 7
Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: (623) 931-0633
Web: Scottssharpening.com
Scott’s Sharpening Service is a privately held company in Glendale, AZ and is a Unknown business.

Categorized under Sharpening Services. Our records show it was established in 1989 and incorporated in Arizona. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of less than $500,000 and employs a staff of approximately 1 to 4.

Website addy

I had sent my blades. bits, knives, whatever needed sharpening to Scott for years. In the last few years the local WoodCraft has signed on with a local guy. Great prices, awesome work, and turn around is always 1 week. Drop off the goods, come back the following week, and pick up the sharp stuff. It fits my needs better. Plus it’s an excuse to go over to WoodCraft. I love to torture myself. Seriously I try to feed the local as much business as I can without just giving away money. If it’s 25% less at Amazoo, I’m buying at Amazoo. If it’s close, I’ll always try to support the local, so it keeps being the local.

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#2 posted 11-06-2018 06:23 AM

I have sent my blades off to Forrest for sharpening. Their pricing was comparable to what I would have paid locally, and the cost of shipping was offset by not having to drive 50 miles round trip to drop them off and then pick them up again

A 12” blade will just fit inside a large USPS flat rate box. Here is a link to their pricing
https://www.forrestblades.com/forrest-factory-carbide-saw-blade-sharpening/

I also considered using Leitz – they are the ones 25 miles from me. Note, I don’t buy ‘cheap’ blades and I want them sharpened correctly
http://www.leitztooling.com/sharpening-services.htm

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#3 posted 11-06-2018 11:38 AM

Of the suggestions I would make, Scott Whiting is certainly one to consider. I’ve also had very good results with 2 others. Bull Sharpening in Oak Park IL (recently renamed 3B Saw and Tool)is the one I use most. The second would be Dynamic Saw in Buffalo NY, both places are full service sharpening shops (they do it all) and both do excellent work for very good prices.

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#4 posted 11-06-2018 01:12 PM

I’ll second the Forrest team. I sent 3 blades, a dado set (hit alum track and triggered SS cartridge) and 4 router bits. All came back very sharp. It did take apx. 3 weeks to get them back.

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gauntlet21

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#5 posted 11-06-2018 02:08 PM

Thanks for the info, I’ll take a look at Forrest as well as Woodcraft and the Scott Whiting option. Thanks for the info and great recommendations. Someday soon I’ll work my way up to a Forrest blade but haven’t quite needed to yet. That’s primarily because I’m always cutting everything a 16th or 32nd of an inch long and finishing the edge up with a shooting board and hand plane or chisel or sandpaper if need be. I’ve had good results with some of the mid-priced blades however as long as I’m using a zero clearance insert or some kind of backing. I believe it is time, however, to send a few blades out to get re-tuned.

Thanks again,

Dan

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#6 posted 11-06-2018 03:03 PM

if you post your location we might be able to help you better :<))

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#7 posted 11-06-2018 07:29 PM

Since I only use Forrest blades I get mine sharpened at Forrest as mentioned by John H in post #2 above.
I send the blades by USPS after following the Forrest packaging instructions, simpler than running all over the countryside .

One of my blades is getting close to 40 years old and I have had it sharpened several times, twice because of a chipped tooth, don’t let your neighbors cut things you haven’t checked beforehand even when they say they know what they are doing!

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#8 posted 11-06-2018 10:52 PM

Scott Whiting on the west coast, Dynamic Saw on the east coast.

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#9 posted 11-07-2018 12:46 AM

I’ve been sending to Scott Whiting for years.

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#10 posted 11-07-2018 12:51 AM

Another excellent sharpening source is Schupert & son in Dayton Ohio.

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#11 posted 11-08-2018 03:01 AM

Happy with Forrest sharpening. For freud blades as well
Suspect there are lots of good guys

Think it is like computer chips. They eather are crapola day 2 or are well done. Not so many mediocre folks

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#12 posted 11-08-2018 08:26 AM

Heard about the good works of Scott. Not surprised he’s popular here as well.

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