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Swingblade Sharpening, when to change tips?
« on: September 13, 2020, 11:11:42 PM »
Hello all, a quick question for circle/swing blade folks.

How do you know when your tips have had their last sharpen?  I have heard there is a width over the thickness of the side plate, but have yet to nail it down.

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Re: Swingblade Sharpening, when to change tips?
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 12:59:07 AM »
I don't have any exact number, but I find that as the tips get worn down they become more prone to chipping / breaking. When that happens it's time to swap out the blade and get it re-tipped. You often don't even notice a tooth missing until you go to sharpen. 
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Re: Swingblade Sharpening, when to change tips?
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2020, 08:02:38 AM »
About half of ours get damage, the rest slowly change sound, require more effort and we've run a couple till they start rubbing the plate and getting hot and flutter, well overdue.
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Re: Swingblade Sharpening, when to change tips?
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2020, 09:43:55 PM »
I've run tips down to where they were 1/8" or so thick w/o any problems.  Usually they start chipping first.
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Re: Swingblade Sharpening, when to change tips?
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 03:12:59 AM »
yeah soon as your cuts aren't intersecting right, or they're just looking thin.

Mind I run oversize teeth where I had to recut the pockets due metal fatigue so... different alloy, mine are a bit softer than the factory spec so less brittle and don't chip out ... individual mileage may vary.
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