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Forum topic by Thomas Keefe posted 05-26-2009 07:54 PM 1056 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas Keefe

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05-26-2009 07:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question planer jointer sharpening

About six months ago I purchased a JET Benchtop 8” Planer/Jointer combination.
Recently the blades seem to be dulling and so I purchased a new set of blades.
I have two questions:

1. Do planer and jointer blades typically come sharpened or do the blades need to be sharpened (somehow) before use? I ask because the blades do not feel really sharp but I cannot really tell.

2. Is it very straightforward to sharpen planer blades? Or should they be professionally sharpened?

Thanks.

Tom


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tenontim

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#1 posted 05-26-2009 08:30 PM

Tom, normally the blades will come sharpened and ready to go. You should be able to see the difference when you run a board through the planer. Sharpening planer blades is best left to someone with a system of locking the blade in a jig to get the bevels correct. I occasionally hone my blades between blade changes. I don’t have any one near me that sharpens them. I buy new ones from Global tooling, http://www.globaltooling.net which sells them cheaper than I can have them sharpened.

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BTKS

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#2 posted 05-27-2009 12:19 AM

Tom, I use a jointer honing stone between sharpenings but have them professionally sharpened by a Kansas City based grinding and sharpening service. Just mail them one set while using the other set. I have a 6 in JET and went to buy new blades, they were rediculous, almost 80.00. Talked to my grinding supplier, America Grinding, owned and operated by Rusty and his son. He sold me harder blades for 24.00 and had them on hand. Can’t recall what the jointer blades cost to have sharpened, sent in large batch of saw and jointer blades. Over 100.00 worth of sharpening and the return shipping was free. Should be able to get similar deals from most local shops that specialize in sharpening. I have about 80 or more miles to find one so mailing is best for me.
Sorry about rambeling on, good luck
BTKS

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