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Shopteacher92

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09-08-2015 12:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: amana used router bits buying

This is my first time in the forums as a real member and I’ve got a question for you all. Have any of you ever bought good used router bits with the intent of getting them sharpened? I picked up around 130 amana bits in different profiles for a really good price on eBay and figured I would get them sharpened at a local place. Anything I should worry about or keep an eye out for? There were more than enough bits in the lot that are new to cover my costs a few times over but as it stands now if I got the rest sharpened (not including a handful of duplicates) it would run me around $450. The carbide is in great shape visually on 99% of them. Have amana bits given anyone trouble with carbide parts coming off before? I figured I would get rib of the few that have noticeable chips unless they are repairable somehow. My local sharpening shop doesn’t do repairs. Thanks in advance for the advice


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Daruc

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#1 posted 09-08-2015 01:26 PM

Yeah, they’re probably junk and need to be disposed of properly.
Keep the new ones and send the rest to me and I can do that for you….

Amana’s are good bits. They should be fine to resharpen. Your sharpening guy should be able to tell you if there is a problem with any of them. I wouldn’t hesitate one bit (pun intended) to get them resharpened.

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#2 posted 09-08-2015 01:43 PM

There is another thought that I did when I came into about 60 saw blades. Instead of sharpening them all at once, decide which ones you will most likely be using most or most frequently. Get those sharpened and then as those bits pay for themselves, get the other bits sharpened a few at a time. The carbide on the chipped bits can always be replaced and reground. Have fun, make some dust.

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#3 posted 09-08-2015 04:24 PM



There is another thought that I did when I came into about 60 saw blades. Instead of sharpening them all at once, decide which ones you will most likely be using most or most frequently. Get those sharpened and then as those bits pay for themselves, get the other bits sharpened a few at a time. The carbide on the chipped bits can always be replaced and reground. Have fun, make some dust.

- Clarkie

That’s how I’d approach it. Sharpen the most commonly used profiles, then wait and see about the rest.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 09-08-2015 06:11 PM

I sharpen my own router bits with diamond pocket hones.
I actually install them in the router table, and activate the collet lock. This holds the bit firmly in place, like a vise, as I flatten the back of the bit. Only hone the flat side of the carbide, not the profile. Wipe away the tiny burr with a scrap of leather and your done.

I have sent blades to the sharpener, but never router bits.
There, I just saved you $434.01

Good luck.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Shopteacher92

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#5 posted 09-08-2015 06:39 PM

If I don’t send them to the sharpened there won’t be any wax to peel off though. ;-). I will definitely give honing them myself a go. I’ve done well over the years with diamond plates and sharpening chisels and planes. I guess it never occurred to me to sharpen them myself.

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