Harbor Freight Circular saw blade sharpener review ( Chicago Electric)

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Bushradical

Bushradical

3 yıl önce

The Chicago Electric circular saw blade sharpener! Does it work? Does it do a good job? Is it worth your time and money. Lets find out!

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sholeh wibowo
sholeh wibowo 5 aylar önce
*Works great. Best sharpener I've had and **MyBest.Kitchen** I don't have to risk slicing myself using a sharpening rod. It's powerful so be sure to read directions.*
susan stuart
susan stuart 3 aylar önce
*Probably one of my most used **MyBest.Tools** cordless tools. Plenty of power when used with the 5.0Am Lithium Ion Batteries. Awesome cordless circular saw. Would highly recommend!*
thorlo6
thorlo6 2 yıl önce
Since I ran a sharpening business back in the mid 70's, I already knew how to sharpen saw blades. As several other guys have stated, blades are either angled left and right to be sharpened that way unless it a flat ground blade. Also, as others have mentioned, that diamond sharpening blade is okay to do the initial grind on very badly messed up blades, you then need to go to a finer grind wheel to help with the sharpening, but then you need to go to at least a 500 grit grind wheel to hone the saw blade. The original grit on the grind wheel it comes with is a 120 grit blade which is way too coarse for final sharpening. You need to go to at least a 280 or 320 grit before using a 500 grit.
Dragan
Dragan 4 aylar önce
You can buy blades with different grits. Can I resharpen my triple chip tungsten aluminum blades? If I can it's definitely worth buying but I want my blades like new. A dull aluminum dropsaw blade leaves Aluminum burrs. I can sharpen by hand with fine diamond files but takes too long! I was going to make one but on EBAY for $ 120 AUD?
Bluuplanet
Bluuplanet 8 aylar önce
Do you know if this diameter blade is available in those grits?
Bobcatt22
Bobcatt22 8 aylar önce
@Top Goat Good question - also awaiting a response.
Mark Freeland
Mark Freeland 9 aylar önce
@Texas Browncoat No, the different edge orientations of the teeth, are available in carbide tooth blades as well. The same patterns as were available in steel teeth, are also now available in carbide teeth.
Top Goat
Top Goat Yıl önce
I'm looking into doing sharpening as a side hobby. What do you recommend for a good industrial sharpener for steel and wood blades?
C&L Construction
C&L Construction 2 yıl önce
Very nice video and thanks for explaining how the sharpener works. Don't really feel like arguing with anyone but I took a look at an old blade of mine and the faces were all set 90 degrees to the body of the blade, so the procedure you outlined will work perfectly. There may indeed be blades where the grind of the face is at angles with the body of the blade and so you would have to take that into account if you have such a blade. In the blade I have, the tops of the teeth do indeed alternate angles, but that is a function of how the top of the teeth are ground. I've read that this sharpener will do that but my opinion is that if you have a sharp edge on that tooth, it really wouldn't make much of a difference. Mind you, I don't need super fine cuts to do the work I do.
Chris Griffith
Chris Griffith 2 yıl önce
I applaud you for your great video showing precisely the steps and mechanics of this machine. I can see the issues which I know will be problematic on this device due to its design, and the imperfect condition of older blades. The "stop" for the blade tooth is never accurate from tooth to tooth, some will be damaged or more or less worn, and the next tooth will not contact the diamond blade accurately or at all, so care must be taken to adjust the teeth at each step. I would have gone with a two step process for advancing teeth. First advance the machine to a static guard set to the placement of the grinding wheel (part of the grinding wheel guard itself), lock the blade, remove the static guard by pulling the lever and grind the tooth, the second arm is not needed at all.
Darby Bronn
Darby Bronn 3 yıl önce
I'll definitely have to check one of those out myself, thanks Dave! BTW...I've had good luck with the Harbor Freight chainsaw chain sharpener. Had mine for about 4 years and it's really come in handy and makes quick work of sharpening chains.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks for the tip
Sherwood Botsford
Sherwood Botsford 3 yıl önce
Nice review. Tip: Mark the tooth you start with a felt tip marker. Tip: When you find a tooth where it barely touches put a dot on that tooth. When one misses, put 2 dots. After you make the first round, move the stop up by a bit (This tool needs a screw adjustment for that.) and regrind all the teeth. Repeat this until it has the same contact on all teeth. In theory you need to do the top face of the teeth too. This one doesn't seem to be able to do that.
hal4utube
hal4utube 10 aylar önce
I've had one of these for about 6 or 8 years and never took it out of the box. Seeing how easy it is to use, I think I'll give it a shot. I've got a 10" and a 12" chop saw and a 10" table saw. My 10" chop saw blade is in the same as your 12" blade was. Maybe mine doesn't smoke quite as much, but it does smoke. Thanks for this video.
T. A. Niles
T. A. Niles 2 yıl önce
Pretty awesome review and demo Dave! Thanks for making me feel good about the unit I just bought and am now setting up!
David Jones
David Jones 7 aylar önce
Yet another great informative and instructional video to watch and enjoy. A problem i get on my saw blade is not always that they go dull, but the teeth get a build up of resin on the side and back of the teeth. This I find leads to burn marks appearing on the cut surfaces, especially so on hard woods. Every so often i just take the time to clean the blade and it makes a big difference. David in the U.K.
Summerwind
Summerwind 2 yıl önce
Great video, u saved me a ton of time figuring out the setup with the instruction that are cryptic. However, a hint, it will take u all day to pull the wheel into the blade. I removed the stupid stop and just rotated the blade about halfway, pulled the grinding wheel down to the stop, and then pushed the blade up against the grinding wheel until I was satisfied with the sharpening. Also, old used blades are so inconsistent that it would take twenty passes with adjustments to catch the depth on some teeth. Took me about three minutes to do a 10 inch blade with one pass. The old blades then cut as good as new. I’m really surprised, this Harbor Freight tool is really well designed and works better than any Harbor Freight tool that I own.
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
right on
WOODBARK100
WOODBARK100 3 yıl önce
I believe this could easily be the best video review so far on this machine. I like your properly focused close ups as well.
David
David 4 aylar önce
The presentation is way better than the instruction manual.
Brad G
Brad G 2 yıl önce
Richard V Sassoon maybe with a file like how a handsaw is sharpened
Jose Herrera
Jose Herrera 3 yıl önce
Well done
Joe Scheckler
Joe Scheckler 3 yıl önce
I, also, found the presentation to be logical, well presented and very informative - as opposed to other, not-so-well-done, ones from other sources. Based on the clearly and logically done content I chose to buy a sharpener, too. I have plenty of blades to work on and I'm sure the neighbors will have even more, too. The clear camera work was exceptionally well done as well.
Dan G
Dan G 3 yıl önce
Bushradical Good video and review friend! I’m seeing this tool online for $55-$70 new, less for used. I’m a woodworker, not in concrete, short of small jobs. Wondering if a steel blade would be best for your dirty lumber for concrete work. Carbide doesn’t like sand and minerals. I’d think you’d be loosing teeth with a carbide blade on that type of lumber. Also, wondering if adjusting blade stop on steel in gullet, below the carbide would give more consistent tooth grind. If carbide tooth is chipped, you’d end up with different grind depths I’d think. Thoughts? Also, for dedicated wood working, I’d spend the extra bucks on a bit better blade. If wood being cut is clean, they’ll stay sharp a good while. The red Freuds are a great mid range economical choice. For high end, Forrest is hard to beat. As to the question of hole saw sharpening - I haven’t tried that yet. I’d think Dremel or hand file, and a steady hand, might be the only options there.
chicagomike6666
chicagomike6666 3 yıl önce
Great video--great review. When I was a kid, my dad always resharpened blades...and quite frankly with the cost of new blades today--well worth it. If you buy a cheap steel blade at home depot--for say $16--they wear out quickly. Carbide tips last---but are very expensive--and this is a good way to extend life.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
TJ Slick
TJ Slick 3 yıl önce
I've owned one for 6+ years. I dress my finish blades as soon as they start to show fuzz or chipping. For an inexpensive machine it's held up well and it's saved me a lot of money in not replacing blades! Joinery requires extremely sharp tools!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
right on
Gordon Fleming
Gordon Fleming 3 yıl önce
Nice show and tell video with great description and instruction, a good fair and honest endorsement from someone who uses tools for a living, well done Dave :) stay warm, be safe.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Gordon
Dave Pierce
Dave Pierce 3 yıl önce
Really well done Dave! I have to agree, this is by far the most competent review of this product yet. Thanks for taking the time to produce this video! Cheers ...
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson 3 yıl önce
Great review Dave! I am in the same boat you are. My table saw blades are getting dull to the point it is clearly noticeable. I have been shopping around my area (West Central Iowa) for a place that sharpens blades. But, I have to ship my blades to the shop in question. That sucks big time! I am no stranger to HF and I own several of their products. I will be pricing this little gem to see if it makes sense to buy one! Thanks Dave!!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Let me know what you find out
Steven Leiphart
Steven Leiphart 9 aylar önce
Bought one of these a couple years ago and never got it set up. It has been sitting in my office with a chop saw blade on it since the day I took it out of the box. Finally decided to watch someone use it! Now I think I’ll get my stack of old blades and get them working again! Thanks for the good video!
Eliclaudio Satiro
Eliclaudio Satiro 3 yıl önce
Show de bola ferramenta top que pena que não tem aqui no Brasil 👍👏👏👏👏👏
Eddie Pennington
Eddie Pennington Yıl önce
Nice little face grinder. To really sharpen a saw you need to be able to top grind which requires changing your motor to tilt for the angles. For the money I can see from your video that it works great for face grinding the tooth, and that will get your blade sharper than it was. Very good video.
u lie
u lie Yıl önce
Thank you for showing the actual sharpening so good. I'm at the moment lokking for a sharpening tool for circular sawblades. As far as I see it there seems to be only two types of those. The one you showed here and then the one shown here: trpost.net/down/qLyxeGGEfJqnpq4/video.html Only that the later one seems to be available in two or three different sizes. The one you showed I found under different names. SInce I'm here in Germany with our home power grid at 230 V I could not use the one from Harbour Freight. But then I found it under two brand names here too for our 230v net. But my main thing to say here is that now I know that I can get one of those sharpening tools for my sawblades. Thank you.
24getful1
24getful1 3 yıl önce
I bought it today, decided to give it a shot and after watching your video as well as a few other I set it up. I sharpened 4 blades and more to go. It does a great job sharpening the blades. I have trouble getting the horizontal blade arm to stop moving... If I tighten it any more I would probably snap the knob off. As for the bolt that tightens the Guide Arm it's neither Metric or standard and using the adjustable will eventually strip out. Same goes for the Bolt that secures stop for the blade alignment. All and all for the price you can't go wrong. Great video, thank you.
Pat Zeuner
Pat Zeuner 3 yıl önce
Try putting a lock washer, had the same problem. Adding the lock washer dit the trick.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
Derrick Wood
Derrick Wood 3 yıl önce
PRO TIP - The blades have right and left hand teeth. Each side must be sharpened separately with a 20-25 degree angle (similar to a chainsaw teeth). There is a setting on the back of tthe machine in order to tilt the motor to accomadate this needed angle. This one adjustment will make the blades cut smoother and cleaner!
james louden
james louden 9 aylar önce
Yes for cross cuts, ripping blades should be straight right?
Dale Bolen
Dale Bolen Yıl önce
@C Ferguson ABSOLUTELY Leon. I typically don't watch These videos for the main reason that you hear people complaining about them and putting the guy down that made the video. I absolutely agree with you that they don't need to be doing that period I think the video was good and he did a service to us that have old blades laying around. I just can't understand why there's always enough time to criticize people never enough time to praise them
Dale Bolen
Dale Bolen Yıl önce
I don't see him sharpening left or right hand I see him sharpening the face
Chris Griffith
Chris Griffith 2 yıl önce
This all depends on the kerf setup for the type of blade you are talking about, but yes, all blades have at least two angles and you need to set up for grinding every other tooth, and make at least two set-ups, and passes on each blade to do this correctly.
MrNside
MrNside 3 yıl önce
I have this sharpener. For cheaper rough-framing blades, it works very well. For trim blades, it has less favorable results. The problem is that factory-sharp blades often have alternating bevels on the teeth, something this sharpener can't replicate. The "cut" this sharpener makes is always perpendicular to the blade. This affects the final cut in trim situations, usually in the speed/pressure that should be applied for a true smooth cut. It can also heat up quicker making long or repeated cuts. This, of course, causes rougher or wavy cuts. Usually, resharpened blades will be fine for 90% of my uses, but when doing trim work, I typically won't trust it. Thank god trim work usually pays better, makes the purchase of a new $80 to $120 blade an easier pill to swallow.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
This machine will do alternate angles , but these blades didn't appear to have any, so I didn't get to try it out. There is an adjustment on the back
Paul Castro
Paul Castro 3 yıl önce
What other reviewers made it complicated you've made it easier,. Great review and demo. Thanks for posting it. I have one of these tools, and yes, mine came up with some issues that neede to be addressed. Like the knob that tightens the blade kept getting loose while sharpening, and what I did to fix it was to get a longer stud and add a thrust bearing of 11 millimeters. (eBay item that cost me less than a dollar). Another problem I dealt with was the base that slides towards the blade, that is mounted on two bars, and fastened to the bars with a small plate. I replaced the small plate for a full-size brass plate to make it more stable. After these little work, I got rid of all problems an now it works like a charm. I hope this comment will help someone.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
Douglas Gault
Douglas Gault 3 yıl önce
Thanks for showing this. I've got several dozen blades that need sharpening which would cost $288 At the saw shop. I'll have to give it a shot this weekend and pay myself instead. Most blades being the same styles will help minimize setup times. It's ordered.
Tim Wise
Tim Wise 3 yıl önce
Great video. I love your videos I’ve watched so far. I can tell I’m going to have some catching up to do. Thanks for the review and I’ll be purchasing one of these. I’ve probably got 20+ blades I’ve been planing on taking to be sharpened and that will cost around $12.00 per blade so I’ll make out like a bandit with this little tool
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Tim. Good luck
zcadguy
zcadguy 3 yıl önce
Hi Dave, great review bud. Love when you review things, both new and old, your honest and detailed description make them all worth watching, thanks for sharing, Rock On!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Z. I appreciate it.
MJCPeters
MJCPeters 3 yıl önce
I have this tool, and have almost the same experience as you. I wouldn't compare my results to a professional sharpening, and I probably won't use this on an expensive blade. Most of the blades I have were set aside when they were so bad they smoked, and this has made them all usable for most construction type cuts, saving me hundreds. Btw, I agree with other posters that sometimes cleaning the pitch from the old blades is all that is needed.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
I totally agree
J Varan
J Varan 3 yıl önce
I do a LOT of hobby woodworking, using all sorts of soft and hard woods. and over the last 3 or 4 years that i've owned this machine i cant even estimate how much money it has saved me... YES it takes some fiddling to get set up right but once done, i've sharpened half dozen blades in prob way less than an hour start to finish. have not bought a new blade in in at least 5 years. at some point the carbide will wear down into the socket in the gullet, and by then i'll feel justified in buying new, but for the forseeable future, i'll just keep sharpenin' away. great value for $$
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Right on!!
Craig Sudman
Craig Sudman 3 yıl önce
I've been a carpenter for over 11 years and I use to have my blades professionally sharpened. They were exceptionally sharp but it use to cost me $70.00 to have them all sharpened. Since I bought the Harbour Freight sharpener I've been sharpening my own blades and I have to say for a low cost machine it does a fine job. I've even put different diamond blades on the sharpener to do different types of sharpening jobs. For the amount of money it cost you really can't go wrong. Thumbs up.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Craig
Frankie Avalanche
Frankie Avalanche 2 yıl önce
Great review, I burn a lot of wood especially old pallets lots of nails and crap to cut through. I will be investing in one of these. Use old transmission fluid in a squirt bottle on the blade every pallet or two keeps the blades cleaner longer
Ask Grandpa Morse M
Ask Grandpa Morse M 2 yıl önce
Dave how did I miss this one. I've been looking at that sharpener for probably three or four years wondering if I wanted to take the gamble. Thanks for doing it for me, wish I'd seen it a year ago. Just move a few months ago and in moving decided I wasn't moving all my old dull saw blades.
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
Its a good little unit
Bruce Walker
Bruce Walker Yıl önce
Thanks for the video. I just bought one, but had a little trouble following the instructions...not necessarily their fault, I'm a little ADD. I needed to see how works. I have a stack of about 10 dull blades...some are $35 blades. I can manually sharpen some, but it takes about an hour...so, I never do it. I usually just buy a new one. Like you said, if I can rejuvenate just 2 blades, the machine has paid for itself.
Per Funke
Per Funke 2 aylar önce
Very useful video! There are several of these grinders around with different logos on them so this will be applicable to most of them. This is what I need!! Thank you!
Chang Man
Chang Man 3 yıl önce
Yup, every other tooth is different. That's why the grinding blade hogged in on every other tooth. Should have checheed the pitch and skipped one all the way around. Then reset the grinder for the new angle an cut every other one all the way around
Dennis Murnane
Dennis Murnane 3 yıl önce
Chop saw carbide blades typically have 3 sets: left, straight, right. The teeth plow out a channel wider than the blade so that it does not rub on the wood and slow the rotation by burning. Grinding all of the teeth to the same pitch undermines this design. The ratchet tooth used to set the grinding depth is based on a "raw" or unsharpeneded tooth. At the very least, pitch/gum/tar build up makes this a variable so that the teeth may not be ground the same. Grinding them all 3 times may not compensate for this. The jig should use a sharpened tooth as the reference. Grind the tooth with the most wear and set all the others to match it.
Pat Zeuner
Pat Zeuner 3 yıl önce
I believe that his approach was good. Set the first and go around and adjust accordingly. I have one and prefer to have the first go around to just kiss the blade. Then I mark the lowest, and adjust.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
Science Over Feelings
Science Over Feelings 3 yıl önce
The idea of the sharpener is really good, but it's designed incorrectly. The tooth should be applied flat to the diamond wheel all at once. The way this is designed, the diamond wheel can be attacking the tooth at an angle or at the wrong depth. It should be designed so that you rotate the blade until the tooth touches the finding wheel. That eliminates the missed teeth and possible uneven cuts. Think of a upright disc sander you would never bring the sander to the item. You place the item on the platform and slide it up to the disc. Same should be here.
Bradley Leben
Bradley Leben 2 yıl önce
I bought one about four years ago just to see how it worked like you did. I sharpened the blade on my Ryobi chopsaw just like the one you have. And low and behold it was cutting near perfect. Was it worth the $49.95.? Heck yeah. I sharpened about 18 blades of all different kinds and then try them out. They worked good. Your review was just like I felt and experienced. Excellent review Brad
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
Thanks Bradley
Craftsman on the Lake
Craftsman on the Lake 3 yıl önce
I did a review on this tool here years ago. It works pretty good but I only delegate it to older blades. My good ones I send out to be professionally sharpened. Another note: If you look at the directions I think you left out a very important part. Notice underneath the sharpening wheel there is a place to put an allen wrench in and tilt the whole motor/sharpener unit up or down. One tooth needs to be sharpened at one (+) angle and the other at another (-) angle. This is how a saw blade works. The same reason teeth are offset on a handsaw. Your blades would cut much better if you did that. So you sharpen every other tooth in one angle then change it and do the other teeth the negative angle.
Craftsman on the Lake
Craftsman on the Lake 2 yıl önce
@Slick1G3 That's right, you do the face. Some teeth are at angles depending on the the type of blade. Some are 90 degrees.
Slick1G3
Slick1G3 3 yıl önce
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Slick1G3
Slick1G3 3 yıl önce
@Craftsman on the Lake You dont surface the TOPS or the teeth
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Daniel. There must be an alternate version of the directions then....my set of directions that came with the machine was void of any good info.
Craftsman on the Lake
Craftsman on the Lake 3 yıl önce
Yes, I should have said tooth angle. The term 'set' is only used for handsaws. Most circular saw blade types have alternating angles. If you don't tilt the grinding wheel, each angle will be square. Here is a graphic I found that shows different blades and angles. And, look beneath the grinding wheel. There is a -10 degree and +10 degree adjustment for just this purpose. The directions that came with the device go into length about making this adjustment. s26462.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/Sawblades_5F00_anatomy1.jpg Also, a link to the old 2012 video I did on this. It shows me doing it. trpost.net/down/1aaKnoNgf4J7eK4/video.html On another note: Nice cleanly done video BTW.....
rabbycacker
rabbycacker 3 yıl önce
I agree 100% with what you were saying about a cup of coffee and taking the time at the end of the day. Been fixing stuff my whole life, partly due to lack of money but a lot of times back in the day here in rural Alaska you had to fix it or do without. That was way back before the throwaway economy and all of the big box stores. The way I see it is if your option is buying a new one or repairing the one you have then, the time spent divided into the replacement cost becomes your value per hour of your time. Of course sometimes it works out where your time has no value in which case you chalk it up to honing or learning new skills or just practice. Thanks for the review of the sharpener. Think I'll be adding that one to the tool pile.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Rabbycracker. Where in Alaska are you. I have a place north of Fairbanks
Michael Gross
Michael Gross 2 yıl önce
Nice review! I understand that the nature of your work beats the hell out of those blades and so you buy cheap ones, but try cleaning the blades and see the improvement in the cutting. Less friction will also prolong the life of the saw.
Mike Robertson
Mike Robertson 2 yıl önce
Great video. I’ve been looking at that HF sharpener for 2 years now, but haven’t seen a review yet that has convinced until now. You’ve done a great job with the review. I’m headed to HF to get a blade sharpener because I have a life time of saved blades that need sharping. Have a blessed day. After watching the video, I subscribed, I want to see more. Keep up the good videos.
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
They do adjust to sharpen the alternating angles of saw teeth.....I didn't cover that in this video because I didn't know it was adjustable at the time. Good luck
Gildo Jose Do Vale
Gildo Jose Do Vale 2 yıl önce
Graças a sua explicação comprei uma e estou muito satisfeito. Mas me tira uma dúvida por gentileza o outro rebolo que vem de cor marrom é pra qual tipo de serra.
Tyrsa Fray
Tyrsa Fray 3 yıl önce
As ProTip pointed out, there are left hand and right hand kerfs on any blade. Some high end finish cut carbide blades have a center chisel tooth every third tooth. When sharpening high and low end blades you should expect to re-set the machine for each tooth condition ie. every other tooth is facing right or left with a corresponding angle so on a low end blade you need to do half the teeth in one direction and then flip. On some high end finish blades you will need a third process for the chisel tooth configuration
ben bucy
ben bucy 7 aylar önce
I wonder .could this be used to create an edge on a hand saw. The old big ripping saws .hm..
A Dude
A Dude 3 yıl önce
ATB tooth set up or ATBR tooth set up. There are just Flat top tooth blades which are basically all raker teeth. These blades are used for joinery work or ripping.
Ddbronco
Ddbronco 3 yıl önce
Dave I love your channel! You don’t just throw money away. Most guys would spend 35$ and buy a new blade... I like your style!👍
Just pettet
Just pettet 3 yıl önce
@Larry Tischler the business owner will be laughing in his grave at the slaves we are all becoming to corporations
Larry Tischler
Larry Tischler 3 yıl önce
@Just pettet since they put all the old regular places out of business with predatory pricing, that is the way the cookie crumbles.
Just pettet
Just pettet 3 yıl önce
most guys also would be back in the stone age if the walmart went down for a few days hahah
Larry Tischler
Larry Tischler 3 yıl önce
@kevin tulak Thanks. for the very good two tips.
Rex Oliver
Rex Oliver 3 yıl önce
It appears this blade grinder doesn’t have provisions to grind the tops of the teeth.This is where the teeth points point in alternating directions. A machine that grinds the tops has these provisions for setting the grind angles on the teeth.The teeth that have flat tops are raker teeth.They clean out the bottoms of the kerf.If this machine had the settings for the tops of the teeth the blade could be like new if the carbide inserts aren’t too dull,chipped or worn.Sharpening the face of the teeth as with this tool will work if the teeth aren’t to dull,chipped or worn.Carbide blades don’t have set-the width of the carbide insert is wider than the body of the blade-hence smoother cuts with less splinter.
Jason Babila
Jason Babila 3 yıl önce
Good info, I have 10” and 12” blades that varies between $30 to $55 and it is expensive and does add up after replacing the blades over time, having the ability to sharpen our own blades will help cut costs down.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
right on!
Gary Belcher
Gary Belcher 2 yıl önce
Great video....funny thing, I've had that exact tool for several several years...still in the box right next to my stack of dull blades... Now that I know it works..... I'll set it up and get to sharpening ... 👍👍👍
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
right on
William Rodriguez-Pupo
William Rodriguez-Pupo 3 yıl önce
Love Harbor Freight! Sometimes on my way home I'll find myself stopping by and just checking out the deals for the week! But I dig this blade sharpener, gotta look for it next time! Happy 2019 to you, Brooke and the your fam bro! Thanks for the vid!!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks William!
Hugo Quinonez
Hugo Quinonez 10 aylar önce
I bought this little machine and it works great! I just sharpened 5 blades less than an hour
igortsai o tsai
igortsai o tsai 4 aylar önce
*Easy to set up. **Bestfor.Garden** also recommend Now at the end of the season I will have to learn how to set it up for my 18 inch stihl chain. But looking forward to learning how it will work out.*
Quentin Smith
Quentin Smith 8 aylar önce
Great review man, will definitely be picking one up, I've got a out 6 blades to sharpen
Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall 2 yıl önce
I've got one, GREAT machine. If you go by and take a couple of strokes with a fine diamond hand tool after sharpening on the machine, it adds that last little bit of "Brand New Blade" feel. The diamond disk HF sells for the Dremel works great as well, and they're only about 7 bucks. I also use both tools for grinding carbide for the lathe and mill.
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
Awesome. Thanks for the comment
Robert Rogish
Robert Rogish 3 yıl önce
I never knew this tool existed - thank you for the review; I love your style !!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Robert.
Philip Horton
Philip Horton 8 aylar önce
nice video, I was watching a video a while back that said if you soak a blade in a degreaser or something similar to remove all the timber gum off the blade this will also help with the cut as it doesn't bind as much on the blade when cutting, and as said previously, left and right-hand angles, mark the teeth that you intend on doing on one angle then skip the ones without marks
elfpimp1
elfpimp1 2 yıl önce
Worth it, even at the $54.99 US pricepoint. I have no less than 8 blades I'd like to try this on. And some of them aren't carbide tipped. And only $9 for replacement wheels for that sharpener isn't bad either..
Dennis Madigan
Dennis Madigan 3 yıl önce
Thanks man! I bought one a few years ago but didn't get around to setting it up to use it. I have at least 10 dull blades and like you the blade on my combo chop saw is dull as crap. You got me motivated to get r done. Thanks
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Good luck!
Boyd Merriman
Boyd Merriman 3 yıl önce
Great review, I didn't know HB had one! I keep buying cheap blades for my skill saw (not Skill brand) and before I know it, its dull! I have also seen blades that threw me off my line because the two sides were sharpened unevenly. So make sure you are considering the two sides of the blade and its angle or it can drag you off line.
Carroll Thim
Carroll Thim 2 yıl önce
soune good to me I sharper some to
Mike Case
Mike Case 3 aylar önce
On the larger one you should also buff the surface. Any resistance when going through is going to kill your blade faster
Brian Whitehead
Brian Whitehead 2 yıl önce
The contrast in tooth grind is most probably due to the crosscut blade as opposed to a rip blade ( which is what this sharpener is designed for. It’s for flat faced ripping blades. It doesn’t address the alternating bevel blades of a more complex blade designed for combination cuts or specific cross cuts. Nonetheless a sharp blade is better than a dull blade even if it’s grind is less efficient
Gary Hague
Gary Hague Yıl önce
Thanks Dave very interesting for me. I noticed your table saw is the Atlas Workshop like mine. It also has a lathe and jigsaw that share the same cantilevered motor. Do you have any info or manuals? I’m trying to find info on the lathe and what taper is used for the headstock and tail stock. Any info would be appreciated.
John Adams
John Adams 2 yıl önce
I use for my 12" so far so good. Takes a lot of finicking with to set up but works ok. Thanks for the review, Dave!
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
No problem!
Shawn R
Shawn R 3 yıl önce
After seeing this review. I am going to have to buy one of these. Over the years I have cleaned up numerous garages and old barns that contained hundreds of circular saw blades. Buying one of these sharpeners would be the ticket to having a low cost supply of decent quality blades. Using self sharpened blades on less than quality cuts would be great saving my newer blades for finish cuts.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
I totally agree.
909sickle
909sickle 3 yıl önce
Good job, sir. Felt like an honest review. Good explanation of how to use it and helpful selection of test blades.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
william bell
william bell 3 yıl önce
Thanks for the review video. I have this, I bought almost a year ago and have yet to set it up. Need to get it going as like you I bought it because it is cheaper than a couple of my chop saw blades. I have a HF chain saw sharpener I have used for several years and it is way more accurate than my attempts at hand filing. Found your site after watching your wife and her stihl saw video then some of her fire ones. thank you both!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Right on, we've got a lot of dead ash here too. Though I have burned a LOT of it up there is still a lot left. And we have a lot of downed trees from storms that need to be cut up. Beech and Maple mostly. Its funny, you mentioned the ford, I used to have an 860 ford ( 1956) and most of its use was hauling firewood out of the woods.
william bell
william bell 3 yıl önce
Me too! I am about half thru mine. When my wife and I are in the woods with the dogs I am always looking up at which ones I should cut. Lot of the ash got hit with the emerald ash borer so I cut a lot of that last year. I have a 1950 8n to move it around. Love old tools and equipment
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
They sure are a great saw. Mine isn't the super, but its probably 20 years old too. But when I bought it it was almost un-used. For limbing I have a cs360 Echo, which is probably a bit heavier than the 170. I'm just dying for the snow to melt so I can cut some wood. I have about a cord and a half left......which should get me to mid march, maybe April.
william bell
william bell 3 yıl önce
I bought mine lightly used about 20 years ago. Like I said it is a model 034 super which I forget made it dif. I have 16 on it and a 20 if i need it. I live in central new york state cutting my firewood every yr and it only has had a couple plug changes in that time. It gets heavy so I got the 170 about 10yrs ago for the smaller and limbing.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
I used to run a 036 but I sold it on the Yukon river 5 years ago. I replaced it with an 034 a guy had for sale. It was like new. Looked like the guy never used it. It had like a 24" bar on it. I think I put a 16" on it as Its a lot of load to run that big bar through some of the big hardwood I have on the property.
Bil Bonanno
Bil Bonanno 10 aylar önce
Great video! Harbor Freight should pay you for this. No one could have tested it on worse blades. I'm going to buy one of these. BTW: I'm paying about $75 more per big blade than you are. Thanks!
J H
J H 3 yıl önce
I have one,I have used it for years and still using the first set of blades .I have sharpened many blades of all sizes.
toOnybrain
toOnybrain 2 yıl önce
J H Thanks for this. I’ve got one, but I’ve yet to use it because, as usual, HF instruction manuals are lacking.
Beverly Williams
Beverly Williams 2 yıl önce
L)
Charles Jackson
Charles Jackson 2 yıl önce
I have one and the motor tilts, if I find my blade has alternate angles i can tilt the motor, sharpen every other one then go back to the beginning, tilt the motor the other way and sharpen the others, trust me it's a great machine
Bluuplanet
Bluuplanet 8 aylar önce
The jig has a feature to sharpener every other tooth (or every third tooth) at an angle not perpendicular to the disk similar to sharpening a chainsaw. Then you reset the fixture and sharpener the rest of the teeth.
Gary Mucher
Gary Mucher 2 yıl önce
Two issue that can vastly improve your sharpening techniques. First and foremost, CLEAN the blades before trying to sharpen them. The pitch on the blades make it harder to cut with. So cleaning off that pitch will certainly help. Secondly, the teeth are not straight cut teeth. There are left and right profiles on the teeth. If that blade sharpener has the ability to tilt one way and the other, then you tilt the sharpener to the same angle the tooth is angled and sharpen that tooth and skip every other tooth and then change up the angle and sharpen the missed teeth. Also for a really super sharp blade, make certain the distance from the center of the blade to the edge of each tooth is exactly the same. If one tooth is slightly longer then the others, trim it back to the same length as the others. The blade will run smoother, cooler and be more balanced as well. JMHO!
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
Thanks
Jeff Notti
Jeff Notti 3 yıl önce
sharpeners ROCK!. i have a drill doctor too and that is awesome for drills. my dad could free hand sharpen a drill on a pedestal grinder and sharpen a saw and a saw blade with a file. But having good sharpeners for your tools will make them last for generations. I have been agonizing over bench sharpening knives, it took me a little time to realize i was fighting knife geometry. (story for another time) my point is a Tormek for sharpening blades for of planes, chisels, jointers, and thickness planers is worth it's weight in gold... sharpen on man! J
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
I will have to look up Tormek.
Jackknifegyp
Jackknifegyp 7 aylar önce
Excellent Vid. Bought this 6 years ago, and haven't used it. Your instructions saved me a lot of time. Thx,
Leo Buis
Leo Buis 3 yıl önce
Compliments on your editing and camera work. And also keeping your video short to-the-point and focused.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks Leo
Donnie Fontaine
Donnie Fontaine 3 yıl önce
In the end, it comes down to how much you value your time and/or whether you have more time than money. Factoring in the cost of the sharpening machine AND how much time it takes (especially if you do it right, with 2-3 different machine setups per blade to get the bevels right - not to mention cleaning the blade before sharpening), at some point it makes more sense to just buy a new blade. On the other hand, what kind of woodworker throws out a tool just because the blades dull?! Regarding the diamond wheel getting dull over time, I wonder if HF will introduce a tool for sharpening those... 😁
toOnybrain
toOnybrain 2 yıl önce
Donnie Fontaine But remember, the more you do a task, the quicker you get from familiarity. In the beginning, it took me quite a bit of time to sharpen my chainsaw blades. But now, it’s a non-event; I’m done in no time, and I do a better job.
Clay Holbrook
Clay Holbrook 3 yıl önce
Excellent review and great filming. Thanks for taking the time to make it!
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Thanks
Clay Blasdell
Clay Blasdell 2 yıl önce
great review. Good demo, no BS, all useful info. Thanks man.
Bushradical
Bushradical 2 yıl önce
Much appreciated!
JeffTheDuckDog
JeffTheDuckDog 3 yıl önce
Nice Video. However the miter saw blade was an ATB.... I never run any others on my miter and table saw and also always use thin kerf blades. After 40+ years I can always learn something new.
Thomas Tieffenbacher/DocSavage45
Thomas Tieffenbacher/DocSavage45 2 yıl önce
Have one. Thanks for demonstrating ! Basic woodworking makes this a very usable machine. Cost as much as having my forrest blades sharpened. Thomas Paul has an important point. Not the angle of the grind. Hey if your rough cutting with a chop saw????? LOL!
Little Woodshop
Little Woodshop 3 yıl önce
Very useful video. I have accumulated a box of blades over the last 30 years that I have never gotten around to resharpening and this will turn a 3 week job into a day or two. Thanks man
Pat Zeuner
Pat Zeuner 3 yıl önce
Or maybe a couple of hours. I clean the pitch from the blades by soaking them in a pan of Simple Green from a couple of hours to overnight, then use WD40 to prevent rust. The cleaning/soaking takes most of the time.
Bushradical
Bushradical 3 yıl önce
Let me know how you like it.
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