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Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:54:03 PM »
I recently purchased a Woodmizer 250 automatic sharpener.  I really like this sharpener.  With two grinding wheels, it cost $2050.00 dollars (aprox), and I feel it was worth it! :)  When I got home, I sharpened 30 bands, quickly.  It took way more time to clean the surface rust off the bands, then it did to sharpen.  Even though the price was steep, I can see know that it will pay for itself fairly quickly.  I've got two friends who want me to sharpen for them, so maybe this will help pay for it?  I was spending about 4-6 hundred a month on new blades, and didn't have anyone local that could sharpen them after they got dull.  I didn't mind paying 8 dollars for sharpening, but I usually only got back 60% of my blades, and that was a little hard to swallow.  Sending them off to sharpen added another 2-3 bucks per blade, and I never could get organized enough to have them sharpened in time for a rush job.  Just thought I'd share my story; I'll let you know how I feel a couple of months from now!   :P

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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 07:21:39 AM »
is that he one with the shaped wheel?

I am not a fan of having to have multiple wheels for different profiles.

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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2018, 08:06:20 AM »
Having your own sharpener is great.  And yes, sharpening for a few others will definitely help pay for it.  It'll only take a year or two and you'll have it paid for. 

I remember doing the math back when I was toying around with buying a sharpener and I figured out (with a few calls) that it would cost me a bit over $10 per blade to send out, get it sharpened, and get it back here.  I also figured if I sharpened blades just for myself 200 times I'll have the sharpener paid for.  Plus I sharpen for two other guys around here so that helps as well.

It also adds another level of self sufficiency that a few people like to have.  I'm one of them.
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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 11:18:35 AM »
is that he one with the shaped wheel?

I am not a fan of having to have multiple wheels for different profiles.

Yes, it has the shaped wheel.  I guess, it's kind of a personal choice thing.  I used to have a TK drag sharpener, and could never seem to get it set and working properly.  I'm not a man with a ton of patience, so having something that works a majority of the time, helps.    I looked at the Cook's sharpener, but there has been a lot of negative comments about it.  I'm sure it's just as good as any other out there, just a Ford and Chevy argument.  With the Cooks Sharpener, I believe you still have to buy wheels for different profiles, so it's a toss up IMO.   

I'm playing with this one now, making sure it covers the whole tooth profile.  It was supposed to be set from the factory, but as usual, I got the one that wasn't! :o
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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 08:05:04 AM »
I cut my first hickory log yesterday. I really need to get a sharpener. damn that thing was hard. I love hickory so there will be a lot more coming. The new blade seemed to last about 3 beautiful smooth cuts before feeling dull.

Maybe I need to call richard and try some 4 degree kasco's?

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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018, 06:09:57 PM »
All sharpeners require adjustments, its 95% common sense, just watch and make necessary tweeks. Good luck mate. Frank C.

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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 06:33:24 PM »
I would definitely give Richard a chance.  Those Kasco 4s are my favorite and don't care about even seasoned black locust, which is like cutting rock.  For our lower powered mills it's just a great blade.
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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2018, 09:27:58 PM »
I would definitely give Richard a chance.  Those Kasco 4s are my favorite and don't care about even seasoned black locust, which is like cutting rock.  For our lower powered mills it's just a great blade.
I've never tried a 4 degree blade.  I've heard there the cat's meow on hardwoods.  Do you narrow the tooth set when resharpening?
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Re: Bought a new Woodmizer Sharpener
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 09:29:51 AM »
Each time you sharpen, the total set reduces because you're taking some material away.  I don't have separate blades for soft or hardwoods, they all just stay the same.  I used to push out the set and start at around .030 and then sharpen which leaves me at around .025 (guessing) and then I can get another resharp or two out of it before needing setting again.  I've heard some guys use less set for hardwoods, but I just don't mess around with it and I've always had good results.

I hope I answered your question?
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