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Offline Gord From Emsdale ON

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Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« on: February 18, 2005, 07:35:28 PM »
Good evening to all.

I'm new here and to sawing lumber, I bought a LumberMate 2000 and will be using WoodMizer blades & was wondering what brand of sharpener would be best to buy.

Norwood's sharpener didn't turn my crank any, I wanted something a bit more than an over priced dremel on a fancy stand. There sharpener & setter is $1390 Canadian & I saw another  system at  linnlumber.com for $900. US for the pair, that is $1112. Canadian, it looks to be a better system that the Norwood Model.

Thanks for you help and opinions.

..Gord

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2005, 08:08:07 PM »
Welcome to the forum Gord.

I use a Cat's Claw sharpener from Cook Manufacturing. Very good but pricey for a part timer. :o
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 Have you considered Wood Mizers resharp program?

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2005, 08:29:53 PM »
welcome to the forum, Gord.

I wasn't impressed with the  sharpener from Norwood, either.  It wasn't the Dremel that turned me off so much as it was the little "diamond" wheel.  A friend of mine has one and has never been able to get it to do a decent job.  The wheels are expensive and their longevity is short.

I've used a Woodmizer sharpener for 15 years.  It uses an aluminum oxide stone, for about 12 dollars or so, and it lasts for several hundred sharpening.  It might be said "you have to shape those wheels", but I think of it more like "I get to shape the wheel."   It's important that the gullet of your blade be properly shaped for strength and sawdust removal.

The Woodmizer sharpener and Cook's sharpener are of the same basic designs.  Woodmizer uses a coolant (water) and a hard wheel, while Cook uses a softer wheel and grinds dry.

These two would be my first choice for sharpening bands.
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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2005, 08:33:11 PM »
     I can sharpen manually at 10 degrees blades for my LM mark 3 and wouldn't think of spending big bucks unless I was going to be sawing commercialy. My sharpener was only $100. It takes a little practice but it takes just a light touch and sharp. Heavy pressure =blued edges-bad. Easy to own and use. I also have the manual setter which was also very basic. I too felt the Norwood sharpener was too much for my hobby needs. I use a paint marker to mark and id each sharp blade. I then spray them with wd-40 and put them in a dry area to prevent rust. I'll do 5 or 6 on a rainy morning just dubbing around. Fun. I also sharpen my 20 in grizzly planer manually as well. Very easy. Just make sure setup is correct.

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2005, 08:55:03 PM »
there was a used vollmer 175  liliput saw grinder in TMS magizine for $ 900.. It is a heavy duty saw shop type grinder. I recently bought 2 used ones from my local saw shop. Overwest saw in Canada listed several used small band grinders on their web site.  Hope this helps. Tom
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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2005, 08:59:37 PM »
Wecome aboard Gord.  :)  Lots of good info and fellowship here, pull up a seat and look around. We have a bunch of Norwood owners here including myself.
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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2005, 06:29:24 PM »
Hi Gord:  We at Clarke Sawmills in Lindsay  have  a great sharpener and setter system we use for are  customers needs. We sell alot of them and are customers are very happy with the job these units perform!.Call us or email if you want further imfo.....Donna

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2005, 07:36:07 PM »
Wow, lots of replies, thanks a lot to all for your advise. Being a hobby cutter, for now, I think I'll stick with the WoodMizer resharp program, they quoted me $9. (Canadian),a blade, plus shipping both ways. Maybe next summer I'll be able to afford a good one. Right now I don't have $2-3000 to put into a sharpener.

Thanks again for the help, It sure is appreciated.

..Gord

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 06:19:02 AM »
Anyone able to comment/compare/contrast the Cooks sharpener and Set tool compared to WoodMizer's offerings?
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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 08:51:07 AM »
I dont know how to link to another thread. But look up the thread I started a couple months ago titled "cooks sharpener". Tons of good info in there.

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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 09:03:49 AM »
Here's the link to irv's "Cooks Sharpener" thread

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,97320.0.html
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Re: Bandsaw Blade Sharpeners
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2017, 09:47:50 PM »
Wow, lots of replies, thanks a lot to all for your advise. Being a hobby cutter, for now, I think I'll stick with the WoodMizer resharp program, they quoted me $9. (Canadian),a blade, plus shipping both ways. Maybe next summer I'll be able to afford a good one. Right now I don't have $2-3000 to put into a sharpener.

Thanks again for the help, It sure is appreciated.

..Gord
Gord, could you supply a phone number for the Woodmizer blade sharpen service for $9 a blade. I may want to use that also. Thanks. Mountain.
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