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DuckFever
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 - 01:04 pm


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Hello everyone!

I was wondering if anyone here sharpens their own ice auger blades? I use an 8'' Swede-Bore auger and i noticed the blades are getting a little dull. Should i attempt to sharpen it? If not, who sells replacement blades? Does anyone know someone in the peterborough area that sharpens augers?

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Fishin fan
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 - 02:16 pm


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I sharpen my Swede bore blades with the same stone as I use on knives. Just go slow and donít change the bottom of the blade. Not as good as new but close enough. Dave

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Posted: Dec 27, 2017 - 04:10 pm


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swede bore blades are flat or straight, if I am not mistaking. You can sharpen them and as Fishin fan said, go slow, use a stone (not a file!), never touch the outside of the blade only stone the bevel. However........until you become an expert at sharpening it is best to purchase a spare set of brand new blades and keep them in your tackle box along with the tool(s) required to change them. I made the mistake of sharpening my auger blades (fin bore) and not even thinking of having a backup set. Went fishing and couldnít even make a dent in the ice. My sharpening job was crap! Luckily a fellow hard water enthusiast lend me his auger and my day was not totally ruined. Lesson learned though!

Good luck and keep practicing that sharpening, it isnít hard just takes a few tries.

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Iceman_80
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 - 11:33 pm


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I had the same issue on Friday, same auger, same problem ! I can't figure out why it wasn't going in almost as if the blades were dull but I have only used it three times in total . Anyone have suggestions?

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 01:03 am


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Ice build up on the blades maybe

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Drew
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 01:07 am


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Don't lend it, and always use the blade cover...treat it like the blades are made of porcelain. It's amazing how badly the tiniest nick on your cutting edge can affect cutting performance.

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 01:20 am


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Chances are u banged the auger while breaking through the ice to clear that last bit. Or banged the auger on ice trying to knock the snow off. Some of the auger blades come with wedges the angle of the blades has to be just right in order to cut nicely. Check and adjust.

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Michael Kerwin
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 07:31 am


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Here's a sharpening hack: use a permanent marker to colour the bevel then begin to sharpen the edge removing just enough material to remove the marker. This will allow you to see what you have removed and what still needs to be done.

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Fish Farmer
  Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 08:14 am


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Most likely it's not your blades that were toast, it's your auger frame that the blades go on.
The frame has bent over time using it. As time goes on you have put pressure drilling and bent the angle, reaming the hole after drilling, and lending it.
You have nothing to lose, stick the frame part in a vise and bend the frame part back slightly, I did it to mine and it worked better, but not like new.
It's only the centre touching the ice, not the whole blade.
I eventually spent the money and bought the 3, much better auger, only thing I don't like, is the off set cranking handles.

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This post has been edited by Fish Farmer on Dec 31, 2017 - 11:22 am

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Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 01:48 pm


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QUOTE (Fishin fan @ Dec 27, 2017 - 03:16 pm)
I sharpen my Swede bore blades with the same stone as I use on knives. Just go slow and donít change the bottom of the blade. Not as good as new but close enough. Dave

I did the same with similar results.

I also bought a set of new blades for about $20 directly from Normark in Oshawa. The lady was quite helpful---they are sold as 'unpackaged'(no bubble wrap etc) but had screws as well. I can't recall seeing any shims though. I assume that Normark gets them in bulk and has the pkging done here in Canada.

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DuckFever
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 - 03:11 pm


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is there a walk in store front in oshawa?

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Posted: Jan 12, 2018 - 11:46 am


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I found instructions on another site, fortunately one of the guys reposted the pictures. If anyone wants the info I can PM the link, not allowed to post it here.

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Lanternman75
Posted: Jan 12, 2018 - 12:02 pm


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i sharpen all my knives and even auger blades using a fixed angle sharpening system, exactly as said above you mark the edge with black marker and lock the angel of the sharpening stones once you find the correct factory angle and draw the stones back and forth and side to side at this fixed angel, to finish when i'm doing and curved portion of the knife i draw the finishing stone (1500 grit) side to side and across the curve. Takes some time to get good at it but i'm pretty good at it now and man are they sharp.

I actually found out about this system from Youtube channel called wranglestar when i wanted to learn how to sharpen my axes, buy a good one with metal poles as they flex less; i paid around 150$ for the one i currently use; pricey but i like quality and most of all honing my skills but i started with a cheaper one off Amazon

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