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Today's machine shops have many operating expenses to consider. For this reason, a lot of shops are turning to carbide tools as a cost-saving measure. Due to their durability over other cutting materials, carbide can often get the job done more easily, and do not require shaprenign as often. This means that there will be less downtime spent changing cutting tools. However, nothing lasts forever; eventually even the finest tools wear down, and get dull. Thankfully, you can use carbide grinding methods to re-sharpen them. Here are some important things to know about sharpening your best tools:

How Many Times Can You Re-sharpen?

Some of your tools will naturally last longer than others. For example, there is a big difference between saw blades and router bits. Saw blades have relatively large cutting tips, and can take a great deal of wear and tear. On the other hand, you can only grind router bits on the carbide face. Saw blades can be ground on the face and outside diameter too. Because router bits are thinner, you have less material to work with for carbide grinding. No matter what you do, you may not get more than 4 or 5 sharpenings from high-quality router bits, but you might get twice that many from your best saw blades.

Sharpening Carbide

Since carbide is so strong, you cannot use standard tools or methods when you grind it. Of course, you need to use something that is harder than the carbide. These tools are usually made with diamond abrasive material, and are expensive. Also, sharpening tools can wear down quickly, so it is not a job that many shops look forward to, or can even perform on their own.

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