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JackDuren

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04-16-2020 02:45 PM

Who’s everyone been using. It’s 37 miles to the regular sharpener. Looking for online recommendations and online pricing, shipping,etc…thx


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AlaskaGuy

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 03:05 PM

I don’t know who everyone has been using but I’ve use Scott’s sharpening service since 1999.
https://scottssharpening.com/

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 03:13 PM

Curious, what type of blades and wouldn’t postage costs play a factor?

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#3 posted 04-16-2020 03:39 PM

well i hate to admit it and maybe im spoiled but ive never had a blade resharpened,when there dull there done in my shop.if you have a forrest blade you can send it to them and they will resharpen it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 04-16-2020 03:41 PM

For me it’s table saw blades. In Alaska postage is a big factor. The only 2 good sharpening services closed down many a year ago. There’s not a single place in Alaska for a good carbide saw blade to be sharpened. (disclaimer, unless there a new one I haven’t heard about)

I met Scott through the woodworking forums and then in person in 1999 in Anaheim California at a woodworking show. He’s also a dealer for Freeborn tooling. He great at recommending what blade to use for what. When ever I need something I call him. He has always took the time to answer any questions I have about cutting tools.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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JackDuren

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#5 posted 04-16-2020 03:52 PM

This is what I’m deciding. I can load up and be there in 35 minutes. Have 5 blades to sharpened..

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JackDuren

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#6 posted 04-16-2020 03:59 PM

The two Amana euro rips are $60-$80 each and I have two. He said $16.50 each and that’s too cheap to dump…

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 04-16-2020 04:00 PM

Scott is certainly one of the top sharpeners (quality wise) available. I’ll suggest 2 more I’ve used quite a bit: one would be 3B saw and tool (formerly called Bull Sharpening) in Oak Park IL. I’ve used them regularly for about 20 years and they always have top notch service, they are a full service shop as well (router bits, forstner bits, blades, planer knives). the scond I’ve not used as much, but the times I have their service has been outstanding, that would be Dynamic Saw. (also a full service shop) Both services have their price list at their web site. To save on shipping costs I usually wait until I have several items to be sharpened.

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#8 posted 04-16-2020 04:41 PM

Forrest will sharpen other brands as well as their own. Their service has been excellent.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 04-16-2020 04:46 PM

Have never had a T.S. blade sharpened yet, my Forrester is very selectively used as is some Dimar’s (Lee Valley) that have repalaced any Freuds. Found a place a few years ago to make my Band saw blades about 30 min. away that I would trust to do my blades when the time comes!
Have just taught my self to sharpen Hand saws so that is one less concern since I ‘m slowly doing more hand work than machine.

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JackDuren

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#10 posted 04-16-2020 06:07 PM

I call superior grinding kansas city. They will come as we have several other shops around and pick them up at the shop. They were $16.50 on a 40 tooth…

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AlaskaGuy

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#11 posted 04-16-2020 06:34 PM



This is what I m deciding. I can load up and be there in 35 minutes. Have 5 blades to sharpened..

- JackDuren

Who might you be responding to? If I knew I ‘d have an idea what it is you’re trying to decide. The “quote button takes care of this nicely and makes it easier for us dummies to follow the conversation.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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tvrgeek

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#12 posted 04-16-2020 06:47 PM

Ridge Carbide does theirs and I think like Forrest, others, but a generic commercial shop is probably a better deal.
If you can get them into A USPS flat rate box, then shipping is easy. Ashcroft Tools in Raleigh NC does most of the shops around here. Not close to Mo. though.

Used to be at the Woodworking show, there was someone in the lobby doing one foe each for free.

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Fred Hargis

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#13 posted 04-16-2020 07:00 PM

If you can get them into A USPS flat rate box, then shipping is easy. A

- tvrgeek

Even better, open a PO account and use their “regional” flat rate boxes. You have to order them from your account (delivered free to you) and then print the postage at home, you can pay through paypal or CC. All this, and the regional boxes are cheaper than the regular flat rate. But that’s for getting the blades to the sharpener, my experience has been they all use UPS to return them to you. Even then, they get better rates than we mere mortals (apparently) and that’s what they charge the customer (again, IME).

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#14 posted 04-16-2020 08:03 PM

I don t know who everyone has been using but I ve use Scott s sharpening service since 1999.
https://scottssharpening.com/

- AlaskaGuy

LOL, Alaska shipping blades to Phoenix area? Small world….

Scott’s does a decent job. He offers free pick up/drop off service locally to commercial shops. Has weekly pickup/drop off at couple wood working stores too. His prices are little higher than others in town, so not all wood working stores use his services.

Phoenix area is really lucky when it comes to carbide sharpening. There are many (6?) business that specialize in sharpening tools for the commercial wood/metal shops. All have CNC automated sharpening tools with competitive prices. Have used Valley Saw Service a few times. Been around since 1967, and offers shipping out of state. Another is L.T.D. Cutting Tools They will pickup/drop off to home shop :-) No complaints with either of them.

Most of our local folks are full service, with pickup/drop off to commercial business. Sell made to order band saw blades. Sell one or more the top commercial TS blade brands like: Leitz, Amana, or Tenryu, plus low cost stuff too. They also sell wood shaper tooling, and custom grind profiles.

Honorably mention goes to the half dozen mobile sharpeners that run around town with manual equipment in back of van/trailer. Most of time find them on Craigslist. They sharpen kitchen knives, law mower blades, as well as wood working hand tools (saw/chisel). Years ago had one touch up couple hand saws. At time was completely embarrassed when I saw how easy it was, and he commented on my shop full of tools. :-0)
Happy to report hand saw sharpening looks much easier than it is. :-(

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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John_

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#15 posted 04-16-2020 08:38 PM

If you have 5 blades, Freud has free shipping
https://www.freudsharpening.com/mail-in-blade-sharpening/

I have used Forrest in the past
https://www.forrestblades.com/forrest-factory-carbide-saw-blade-sharpening/

Their prices are competitive and when you factor in your time and mileage going to someplace locally, it is usually a better deal.

a 12” blade will just fit in a large USPS flat rate box

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