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Forum topic by cwdance1 posted 06-29-2012 09:17 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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cwdance1

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06-29-2012 09:17 PM

I don’t have time or the skill set to sharpen my planer blades.
Can someone point me to a company I can send the blades to for sharpening?


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bent

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 09:25 PM

i take mine to ace hardware, they charge about $30 for 3 12” blades.

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 09:28 PM

My Company sharpens planer blades for about $8 per blade + $0.50 per inch.
We do a two-stage sharpening cutting a coarse grind at one angle and then we do what we call a micro-bevel which is a fine-grind at a slightly different angle, doing so ensures the blade stays sharper longer and actually exceeds the factory sharpening.

-- PMC Router Bits, http://www.pmcrouterbits.com - Hammond, Louisiana

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 09:58 PM

Bobby at woodworkerstoolworks.com is great for jointer/planer blades.

I have recently gotten a Deulen jig and really like it, I use it for my 12” jointer knives, my planer has a Byrd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgaDpbDhlss

They are avilable at: https://deulentools.com/BuySharpeners.html as well as Rockler, Eagle, Woodcraft and several others, it really takes little time (less than the time to ship them out or drop them off) and pays for itself pretty quickly.

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 03:06 AM

Best Grinding in Tulsa sharpens my double edged 13” Ridgid planer blades for $25 a set. New blades only cost $30 a set but my sharpened blades seem sharper than the new ones. These disposable blades can only be resharpened once or twice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Kelby

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 03:59 AM

I used to take mine to my local woodcraft. I think they oursourced it.

While they did a nice job, the hassle factor always meant that I used nicked/dull blades longer than I should have. I switched to a spiral cutterhead planer and I don’t have to think about sharpening anymore. Or about chipout, but that’s a different issue. It’s an expensive investment, but it pays off quickly if you use your planer often.

-- Kelby

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 12:08 PM

I’ve used Bull Sharpening in Oak Park IL for several years, always done a fine job and very reasonable rates. They do it all, one reason I use them….the second reason is that there are no local resources for anything beyond saw blades and scissors.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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teejk

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#7 posted 06-30-2012 09:37 PM

not to rain on the parade…no mention of what planer but no “portable” I know of has knives that can be resharpened (there is no height adjustment on those machines…buy them, turn them around when dull, toss them).

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AHuxley

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 10:02 PM

@teejk While technically you are correct most self set knives whether on a lunchbox or a $20,000 Tersa equipped machine can usually be honed 1-2 times, if however you need a sharpening that will result in any significant metal removal then you need a new set. Attention has to be paid to keeping the metal removed equal acxross the knives even in honing since ther is no practical way to joint the knives on a lunchbox planer.

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Mike

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#9 posted 06-30-2012 10:12 PM

I’m in Northern PA (16933) can anyone recommend a place? I have way to many blades that need to be re-sharpened and none of the skill to do it myself :(

Thanks!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - http://www.termitecrafts.com

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teejk

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#10 posted 06-30-2012 11:23 PM

Ahux

I think the problem with the “portables” is you lose the height guage, hence “flip once” then toss. My experience is hitting something that “grooves” the knife (not a problem really since a quick sand fixes it).

But I have a set that is due for replacement…nothing to lose I guess.

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