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How to Use a Powered Sharpener

This dry-system power sharpener works quickly and can be used with a variety of abrasives. If it's not used properly, though, it can become overheated and burn up.

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dry system power sharpener works quickly
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Determine How the Blade fits into the Holder

Use the jig to determine how the blade fits into the holder. The jig determines the length of the blade exposed and the bevel angle.

use jig to determine how blade fits into holder

Step 2: Sharpen the Tool

Sharpen the tool with a medium abrasive. With the tool in the holder, ride the holder saddle on the guide rod of the machine as the tool is running. Move the blade back and forth against the abrasive until you get a wire edge. It only takes a few moments to sharpen a tool.

sharpen tool with medium abrasive

Step 3: Remove the Wire Edge

Use a finer abrasive to remove the wire edge. Alternately ride the holder on the guide rod, then flip the blade over and hold it against the abrasive to work on the other side.