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Old 02-11-2013, 09:43 PM
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Proper sharpening technique

Just bought a Bradley sharpener. I am having trouble getting it to sharpen the entire angle edge. The length is not the problem. Even on a brand new blade it only wants to sharpen the very tip edge of the cutting angle. This is my first sharpener, is this correct that it only sharpens te edge. Or should it cut the entire edge? Please help.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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Just bought a Bradley sharpener. I am having trouble getting it to sharpen the entire angle edge. The length is not the problem. Even on a brand new blade it only wants to sharpen the very tip edge of the cutting angle. This is my first sharpener, is this correct that it only sharpens te edge. Or should it cut the entire edge? Please help.
My guess is that you do not have your wheel height AND/OR the guide set correctly. Once set correctly it should be as simple as turning the machine on and running your blade through.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:35 PM
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I have the wheel as high as it will go and the black guide seems like its in the way. If I remove it, it grinds the entire angle. Is this acceptable?
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:20 PM
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I have the wheel as high as it will go and the black guide seems like its in the way. If I remove it, it grinds the entire angle. Is this acceptable?
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I am having a hard time understanding your description. On mine I generally have the wheel all the way up as well. I then use the black guide to support the blade. You can adjust how far or close the black guide is to the wheel. With the this you should be able to determine if your wheel needs to come done or your guide in or out further.

Hope that helps. If not maybe some photo's will help me further understand your situation.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:57 AM
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I'm looking at getting a sharpener this year, I take it the bradley is not so user friendly?
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:11 AM
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I bought the Bradley sharpener last year. It has been great! The black guide also prevented me from getting the whole angle. Loose the guide and use the flat table and your good to go. Use a brand new blade and adjust the wheel up and down to match the angle. Should be around 30 degrees.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:33 PM
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i used to use a bench grinder, then i found that an angle grinder with a tiger paw disc is much faster and more effective.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:23 PM
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One of you guys with a Bradley will you tell me what the max amp draw is. I have limited power where my equipment is, less than 12 I think but not sure. Essentially I have whatever I can pull from the light socket in a storage unit. I really want to be able to sharpen blades and not to take them home.
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