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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-18-2019, 09:01 AM
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stick is right. Send them out. I need to get ready for some projects and the local Woodcraft store does this service.

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Yep send them out, that is if they are wotrth it. Don't bother sending a $30 dollar blade out.
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Originally Posted by sreilly View Post
While I think innovation and invention is great when it comes to my prized blades I want the pros with the best equipment to take care of my blades. There's more to it then just sharpening the tips, there flatness and balance. I can see where an out of balance blade could have a detrimental effect on the arbor and motor over a long time. While the plan above constructed properly may make a difference in cutting performance I'd be really interested to see what condition the blade itself is considered to be by the experts. Now I don't mind sharpening my chainsaw teeth but then that's a bit different....

And I'm not saying those plans are bad, they may well be a great way to go but there's more to it then just sharpening.......just saying.
One of the first steps when they are sharpened properly is that the tips of the teeth get jointed. What that means is that they are all ground to the same height. Obviously that doesn't get done in the video with the home made jig. As far as balance, that should have been done at the factory and as long as the blade hasn't been overheated and warped then I'm not sure it would be out. (I did get a blade too hot once and I warped it and you can't miss that after it happens, you can see it wobble.) As Art just said you don't send $30 blades out to be sharpened but I use $30 blades most of the time, until I'm ready to make final finish cuts when I switch over to my good blades. A lot of my ripping isn't critical as I run the pieces over my jointer and through my planer after so sharpening one of my $30 blades to do that would be good enough.
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If there is enough carbide on a $30. blade, and I have a few older ones that do, then I will save the $15. to have them resharpened. the Saw Shop will tell you if it is worth it and cull out the ones that they think are too far gone. Besides they are sharper than new when I get them back.
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