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Offline David2T370

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Kapex Blade Sharpening
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:23 PM »
I got a call from Forrest Saw Blades informing me that they are not able to sharpen any Festool blades.  Their reasoning is that the Festool blade teeth have an irregular set and spacing to them, and their equipment is not able to sharpen them.

Does Festool sharpen blades?  The blade I have is the GP 60 tooth for the Kapex.

Thanks,
David
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 12:36 PM »

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 12:57 PM »
I use Leitz. Call them, I believe you need to hit 1 to get to a service rep, they explain how to ship them.

Use the Grand Rapids center.

Tom

Offline TylerC

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2015, 01:59 PM »
We do not sharpen blades as a service. However, I agree with the Leitz recommendation.
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Offline Linbro

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2015, 03:15 PM »
Down here Leitz have people on the road, who pick up and deliver. Turn around is one week. Leitz make the Festool blades, so you won't have a problem with their machinery  not being able to sharpen them.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 11:13 AM »
I noticed this statement on the Leitz sharpening website and was wondering if anyone knew if this is applicable to Festool sawblades or does it just apply to CNC tooling?

"Our goal is to provide our customers with the very best tooling value possible; this can only be accomplished through precision service which maximizes the total service cycles and overall productivity of each tool. Sharpening a tool 5-6 times is relatively easy, but the ability to sharpen the same tool 12-15 times can reduce your overall tooling costs by 50% or more."

Offline RobNJ

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2015, 11:24 AM »
You can look into Ridge Carbine as well.  They specifically say that they sharpen Festool blades:

http://ridgecarbidetool.com/sharpening/

I actually just go through Tool Town in Paramus, NJ since it makes things so easy (you drop the blades, they sharpen, they call you, you pick them up) and you don't have to worry about packing and shipping.  But you can obviously go to Ridge Carbide directly.

Offline ear3

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 02:55 PM »
Just a shot in the dark, but has anyone used the sharpening service offered through Ace Tool in Wantaugh New York, which is my go to local brick and mortar Festool dealer?  They say they have a 1 week turn around time, picking up and returning every Friday.  And no shipping charge.
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Offline ccarrolladams

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2015, 05:00 PM »
A firm called LA Grinding does all of my sharpening, both for my cabinet shop and my metal fabrication business.

Offline David2T370

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2015, 11:33 PM »
Thanks for all of the great input for sharpening.  I will give Leitz a shot at this. 

As usual....this is an awesome site!

Thanks again,
David
TS 55 REQ ~ CT 26 ~ Kapex 120 ~ ETS 125 and a Systainer for sand paper ~ Festool Surfix ~ Festool Universal Cleaning Set ~ Festool TXS set ~ Drill Press, Delta 14-008, 1960 ~ Table Saw, Powermatic 10" cabinet, PM2000, 2015 ~ Router, Bosch 1617EVSKP ~ Router, Bosch Colt ~ Radial Arm Saw, 10" Craftsman 100, 113.29003, 1960 ~ Jointer, 6" Powermatic Mod. 50, 1972 ~ Planer, Powermatic 201, 22" x 9", 2003.

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2015, 11:37 PM »
Just got some blades back from Leitz. Very pleased with the sharpening. A little pricey for what I was used to paying locally but a better job.

Offline Throwback7r

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2015, 09:47 AM »
I used Leitz as well. I was not thrilled they engraved the blades. Just something that was not told to me when I sent them out is all.

Offline mastercabman

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2015, 01:09 PM »
What does leitz charge for a kapex blade?9
I don't understand!?! I keep cutting it,and it's still too short!

Offline overanalyze

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2015, 07:35 AM »
I think it was $27...

Offline kdzito

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2015, 09:34 AM »
I guess I'm lucky to live in Grand Rapids
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Kapex Blade Sharpening
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2015, 04:09 AM »
I used a local place one man shop, he does a pretty good job and sometimes.

 I get my blades back next day. though I have to drop them off and pick up.

But He's about 12-15 min drive from my house so no biggie.