|Posted on March 28, 2013 at 4:15 AM|
Just lately I seem to have had a lot of people asking quesions about when blade sharpening needs to be done. I can look at the blade and feel the teeth and tell you if it is blunt, but it is much more important that users learn when the edge has gone off of their blades.
Blade sharpening is one of the smaller expenses you will have, so why try to save money on it by leaving a blunt blade in use? Blunt blades will over-heat and that can damage the blade beyond repair. Blunt blades will slow you down. Blunt blades are more likely to damage the material you are cutting. Blunt blades will not be as accurate.
When you put a new blade on your machine, get a feel for how it cuts - what does it sound like - how fast does it cut - what is the finish like?
When the edge goes off your blade, don't be tempted to get a bit more out of it. Not only are you running the risk of damaging the blade and the product you are cutting - you risk damaging yourself if your blade is not working as it should.
In the long run, you will save money by having your blades 'tickled up' so get to know your blades and show them some love please.