Woodmaster, Belsaw planer knife sharpening in the head

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Forum topic by boardmaker posted 12-21-2013 01:56 PM 1575 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2013 01:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: belsaw woodmaster sharpener jig

Wondering if anyone out there has come up with an ingenious idea on how to lightly sharpen Belsaw/Woodmaster planer knives while still in the head. I realize that for heavy sharpening to remove knicks and such, the knives would need to be removed from the head. But for a quick, light sharpening, I would love to come up with something. Maybe it would mount on top and simply slide from side to side.

Removing the knives and reinstalling isn’t an easy task or very fast for that matter.

Never tried any of the handheld sharpeners, are they any good?

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#1 posted 12-21-2013 06:52 PM

I own a Belsaw and you can touch up the edge. I take a small diamond plate (pocket size) and lay it on the bevel flat and slide it back and forth a few times counting the strokes so you can do all 3 evenly. When done slide the plate across the other side to remove any burr. Don’t expect it to last as long as a real proper sharpening.

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 12:54 AM

I have never really tried to sharpen the blades while in the head. I know that a set of brand new blades are about 100.00. I recall getting a price for getting them sharpened and it was around 70.00 but for 30 more I can get brand new. It seems these days we rarely ever use our planer so the blades seem to stay sharp longer.

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#3 posted 02-07-2015 02:18 PM

To me those prices seem a bit high. You would think that at those prices making or sharpening planer knives was brain surgery.

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