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Cooks sharpener
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:26:56 pm »
Time for me to look into sharpening my own blades. The cooks cat claw sharpener and dual tooth setter looks like a good combo for the money. Anyone using it? Pros or cons? Anything out there better? Open to any and all experience and opinions.

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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 08:52:54 pm »
Hey Allen-  I pulled my mill right past your place yesterday on the way down to a job just outside of Alto.  I keep meaning to stop by y'alls place and say hi.  If I were buying new, I'd go with a WM CBN sharpener.  Way less of a learning curve and very consistent results, from what I've been told.

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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 08:54:29 pm »
You have to stop by sometime!!!!!

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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 08:56:58 pm »
I have to come in to town tomorrow.  I may just take a little side trip out your way.  When's your less-busy time?
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2017, 08:59:39 pm »
I have the Cooks cats claw and I'am well pleased. Its a robust machine and will last a lifetime. Most of the parts are commonly available, although through Cooks the parts are reasonable. One advantage of the cat is its adaptability especially if you have different brands and spacing of band teeth. Don't fret over the number of different cams, myself I use one for almost all bands. The guys will be along to tout the shaped wheel machines they are a good option but are quite specific. A good dual tooth setter is important as setting is boring. You may consider sharpening bands for others it won't take you long to pay off the sharpener. Frank C.
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 09:00:11 pm »
The WM shapeners are quite a bit more money. I've been studying hard at several different machines. The cook looks like best bang for the buck but I'd love to hear some "real" talk from real users. I've already spent 500 bucks to have blades sharpened in 6 months. Time for me to learn how to do it myself.

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 09:01:36 pm »
Thanks bandmiller2!

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 09:02:40 pm »
Ga Mtn Man, come on by anytime. I'm there 9-5, everyday.

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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 11:07:18 pm »
I have the Cooks cat claw sharpener and a single tooth setter.  I love the sharpener, but do spend the money and get the dual tooth setter, like bandmiller2 said, "it is boring" with a single tooth setter. Banjo
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 01:13:13 am »
I've got a Cat Claw sharpener, and single tooth setter. I've got no complaints. I may upgrade to a dual tooth setter some day, but I'm satisfied with the sharpener.
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2017, 02:01:50 am »
Another vote for the Cook's sharpener here. I like the versatility of the unit, too. I've never used the WM CBN sharpeners, they look like a really nice set up, although I think having to run the cutting oil would be a pain. From what I've read, a lot of the folks that are running the WM CBN machines and say they would "never go back" to a drag grinder were using the WM drag grinder, which sounds like it may have been finicky and built a bit light? I don't think they'd go back, regardless, but maybe the difference in grind quality between the  Cook's and the CBN isn't as great. My .02
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2017, 06:12:52 am »
I had a drag WM one when I started a long time ago. When I got too busy I went with the CBN.  :o :o :o :o
With the CBN you can make the blade new again. For the $$$ your way ahead with the CBN
Payed off the CBN sharpener and setter in less than a year.
Less work and a better job.
Use someone's rock or watch one work, then watch a CBN work, Then look at the two blades, Your mind will be made up fast.
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2017, 07:21:27 am »
I have had the Cook sharpener and single tooth setter for 16 years and am pleased with both, although a dual setter would be nicer.
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2017, 07:30:46 am »
I also vote CatClaw!

I bought mine in 2009 and figuring at $7.00 sharpening fee, the sharpener and setter paid for themselves somewhere near the middle of 2010.

One thing I really like about the CatClaw is that it is heavy-built!
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2017, 08:49:27 am »
Thanks for all the info!

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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2017, 11:03:53 pm »
I had a drag WM one when I started a long time ago. When I got too busy I went with the CBN.  :o :o :o :o
With the CBN you can make the blade new again. For the $$$ your way ahead with the CBN
Payed off the CBN sharpener and setter in less than a year.
Less work and a better job.
Use someone's rock or watch one work, then watch a CBN work, Then look at the two blades, Your mind will be made up fast.

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I had a Cooks sharpener and used it for maybe three years.  It's a good sharpener, and as people said, nothing wrong with it and it will last forever.  I settled on a couple blade profiles I like and for various reasons, bought a BMS 250 CBN about 3 months ago.  All I can say is if Cooks rates an "A" then this is an "A+" and worth every penney.
I still use my Cooks dual tooth, as it sets accurately and fast. 
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 06:00:06 am »
One thing I really like about the CatClaw is that it is heavy-built!

Heavy is the truth. If you plan on moving it much you should invest in a truss.
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2017, 06:13:24 am »
I have both the Cooks and the WM CBN sharpeners in my shop. Come on down and take a look at them and then make up your own mind.  ;)
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Re: Cooks sharpener
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2017, 06:31:43 am »
I have both the Cooks and the WM CBN sharpeners in my shop. Come on down and take a look at them and then make up your own mind.  ;)
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2017, 07:52:22 am »
Another thing to consider in choosing whether to go with the "drag style" or "CBN" sharpener is whether or not you will be sharpening blades for other people!

They will likely have blades with different profiles than what you have, in which case IMHO the drag style would be more forgiving due to the CBN wheels being very specific!
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