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Saw Sharpening

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Does anyone here use online, (mail order) sharpening services or do you handle it locally. How about prices?

(post #120598, reply #1 of 9)

Local, 60tooth mitre blde- $13.30, one wk service.

(post #120598, reply #2 of 9)

No one has ever sharpened a blade as sharp as new for me....

So I buy new.

near the stream,


Also...our price is higher at least at one shop....50 cents a tooth, which makes it totally not worth it. My time, money to get a semi sharp blade...Nope.

(post #120598, reply #3 of 9)

I get my saws done at a local sharpening service that does a

damn good job and doesnt rape for the services, examples chainsaw

loops 16 inch $3.oo ea., 71/4 combination steel blade $3.00;

lawn mower& tractor blades $5.00, wood chisels 1 inch $2.50,

10 inch hollow ground planer steel blade only $5.00..

like I said damn cheap prices here...

(post #120598, reply #4 of 9)

Anyone know of any local shops in the DC area?

(post #120598, reply #5 of 9)

DC area?

Smoot Lumber.

(post #120598, reply #6 of 9)

I get 'em sharpened locally. 7+1/4" thin kerf Matsuchidas start out as "in shop only" then get downgraded to framing and general purpose remodeling blades after they get resharpened (face filed only - 5.00/blade for 36 tooth ATB).

I'd have to check, but I think I pay about .35/tooth for the full treatment on my table, radial arm, and miter saw blades. Not quite as good as new, but plenty good for general use. Still way cheaper than buying new.

(post #120598, reply #7 of 9)

Forrest sharpens my Forrest 80 tooth blades for about 25$....about 2 weeks time. I've had 2 blades rotating for about 4 years, mirror smooth cuts. Probably 'bout 500$ cheaper than the one mountain guys M.O.

(post #120598, reply #8 of 9)

I was talking with my sharpener a couple days ago about Forrest blades, Allen. He told me they are hands down the best blades available. Apparently they grind them to 600 grit, or something, which is WAY finer than other companies. When I told him I had finally broken down and bought one a few years ago, and was disappointed, didn't really notice a difference, he said I probably don't have a good enough saw to take advantage of that fine a blade. Made sense to me. I guess they take great pains to balance the surface better than other companies too.

(post #120598, reply #9 of 9)

Jim, I think it's all in the sharpening. Obviously, if you didn't notice a difference, then your sharpener is doing a bang-up job. What else is a saw blade but a bunch of sharp knives going around in a circle real fast. It's just like those chisels you hand sharpen every so often. You can get a seviceable edge that will do the job but when you get that perfect, hairspliting finish, it's night and day in the feel and the results.