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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 01-07-2015 01:06 AM 1653 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2015 01:06 AM

I hate to be beholden to any one for anything I can do myself, BUT!

I have looked, read watched and investigated everything about sharping my own Carbide tipped table saw blades.

I am not impressed by any of the HARBOR FREIGHT crap or the home made stuff.

There has got to be a way to do it within finical reason….

-- Rich

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 01:18 AM

Send em to a sharpening service that knows what they are doing! My guy charges 35 cents a tooth and I’ve never regretted sending them to him. He also fixes chipped teeth that could be a hazard. And he tells me when they are past sharpening.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 01:19 AM

Rich, are you asking for recommendations or are you just saying you bought something from HF to sharpen your blades and didn’t like it?

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 01:35 AM

Rich, are you asking for recommendations or are you just saying you bought something from HF to sharpen your blades and didn t like it?

- Rob

I have not bought anything from HF or any other TS sharpening devise

-- Rich

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 09:24 AM

Some things can be done yourself to save money, this is not one of them. Send the blade to a sharpening service.

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 10:24 AM

Good blades require extreme precision to be done correctly. Cheap blades aren’t generally worth owning, and aren’t worth resharpening IMO. $15-$20 once a year or two (for most hobbyists) gains access to some very expensive equipment. I’d suggest Scott Whiting in AZ, Dynamic Saw in Buffalo, Forrest, or Ridge Carbide.

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 02:49 PM

Thanks for all your guys help. Yea I try to do too much stuff myself. I need to shop some stuff out I guess now I got to find sharpener guy here in this area I guess.

I got a hernia years ago and tried to operate on it myself. MAN that didn’t turn out well at all.

-- Rich

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:10 PM

You really don’t need a local, and it some cases (like around me) it may be worse. My local guy was convinced that saws could only be sharpened once, so he would grind off almost all the carbide; to the point where it could only be sharpened once! I use mail order, Bull Sharpening in Oak park IL is good, and I’ve read so many good things about Dynamic Saw (NY) I have a dado set there right now, waiting to see how they do.

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 06:59 PM

Also look into Forrest Blades in New Jersey ( They are a top manufacture of blades as well as a sharpening and blade modification service. I had a blade with a standard USA-type arbor hole re-punched by Forrest to fit a European Hammer sliding saw arbor with two side pins. Did a nice job!

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 07:13 PM

ACME tool does it if you’re near one of those. I’ve had them sharpen mine and they do an outstanding job.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 07:56 PM

Don’t waste the good money that you spent on a good table saw blade by doing surgery on the teeth yourself and setting them in some way that they were not engineered to be.. Send them to a pro. Forrest is my #1 choice. Great job and reasonably priced, Also Ballew Saw Works in Springfield MO does good work.

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