I ran out of dogfood two days ago. This morning I ran out of people food that the dog would eat. That forced a trip into the teeming metropolis of Sierra Vista AZ to go grocery shopping. I figured as long as I was burning the gas I might as well stop at the ACE and drop off a tablesaw blade to be sharpened. Like most ACE stores, they no longer sharpen themselves but they contract with someone. You drop off your sawblade or jointer knives and come back in a week to pick them up.
But he’s gone. The one guy in a 75 mile radius who sharpens sawblades is gone. And get this:
They now contract with someone else who only does chainsaw blades.
WTF?!! The only person around who can sharpen tablesaw blades, jointer blades, planer blades, knives, scissors etc just decided this was a good time to die, retire, or move to Cleveland with that bimbo he met at pilates class and I’m stuck with some idiot who specializes in chainsaw blades??
In the desert??? Yea we’ve got so many @#$%^ trees we need someone to specialize in just chainsaw blades. I don’t think so bud.
Now I’m stuck in a town with three mcdonalds, two burger kings, and a super walmart.
I’ve got a Lowes, and a Home Depot, and even a Sutherlands (OK, that’s not saying much.)
but I have to drive 2 hours to get lumber, and I have to mail my sawblades out of state or drive 3 hours to Phoenix.
That’s just wrong. Luckily I have a surface grinder now, so when the jointer blades need it I can sharpen them myself. But I don’t have the room or money for a dedicated circular-sawblade sharpener and at 50-100 bucks each it’s not like I can just toss them out when they get dull.
There’s a sharpener for sale in Tucson. The ad says it need “rewiring” and I’m seriously thinking of buying it. I don’t have the money they want for it, but I could probably sell some bodily fluids and find some more change under the couch cushions. And I don’t have the room for it, but I guess I could put the china closet out in the shed to make some room in the dining room. I think it only does round sawblades, so it would pay for itself in about three years.
I’m thinking real hard about it. I’m a bit too far out of town to buy it and open a business, so there’s not much hope of sharpening other people’s blades to pay for it, but still it is tempting. Meanwhile I’m googling like crazy trying to find someone in south Tucson who does it cheaply. Who knows, if I don’t find one soon I might be doing another post about this great new sawblade sharpener I just bought.
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