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Forum topic by Stormy posted 07-17-2012 08:02 PM 2837 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-17-2012 08:02 PM

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I have heard of a saw sharpening business that may be available. The current owner is wanting to retire for good. I have been thinking of this for a part time retirement sideline to my woodworking.

Does anyone have experience with this and is it profitable enough to be worth investing in the equipment? I think I can acquire the used equipment at a reasonable cost.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 08:19 PM

Before I bought my business, a wise man once told me – only do what you know how to do.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 08:31 PM

There’s sharpening and there’s saw doctoring. A real saw
doctor has an in-demand skill, but I don’t know much about
how you go about acquiring it – it’s said to take a lot of
experience to be good but that may be competitive
hyperbole spread by saw docs.

Anyway – if there is demand in your area go for it. You can
get a bump by going door to door picking up tools and
re-delivering them when sharp. I know this seems like
a hassle, but consider all the garden shears, shovels and
so on you can spruce up and you’ll see that a sharpening
business can become something like a dry cleaner; by
the piece you don’t charge very much but the sales
add up because you do a lot of pieces for most clients.

If I was in a rural area myself I would totally sharpen
tools part-time for locals, partially because I enjoy doing it.
I’m not set up for saws though and acquiring that sort
of equipment represents a level of commitment.

If the business is being sold, ask for the owner’s customer
list and phone numbers and call 100 or so clients to get
a feel for what the demand is. If he doesn’t want to
help you in this way, it may be because the business
has withered on the vine and you’ll have to grow it from
the ground up, so to speak.

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 09:08 PM

don’t charge much??? LOL

my local guy charges 50cents/tooth (that’s why I buy new blades)! and then we have the kitchen knives arising from all the cable tv shows!

with proper equipment at a reasonable price and some practice I think it could be a very profitable business side-line. The guy that owns woodworker’s tool works ( might give you some insight. he runs a 100+ year old manufacturing business (blades/cutters and sharpening) not far from here and is a really nice guy.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 10:05 PM

IF he has CNC equipment like this:

AND you know how to run them correctly along with all the hands on work like plate flattening, brazing teeth and just being able to tell a high ATB grind from a TCG from 5 feet away

AND he has a built in customer base

AND you have enough money to capatalize and support the business until you get up and running

you may be able to make a living

Since you are asking US, my guess is some or none of the requirements are met to have a shot at making it work.

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