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08-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Flushing, NY
If you play more than 3-4 times a week it would be a good investment.
Make sure you get a cross-grinder as well for those days when you nick the skates so bad, a normal sharpening just won't do. Some machines offer 2 in 1 but will cost a bit more. If you can, try and get one that allows you to sweep all the debris into a vacuum. After sharpening 1 pair of skates, go blow your nose and see all the black ***** that comes out.
My advice? Get some of those masks and wear them religiously.
What radius do you sharpen your skates on??
I still sharpen my own skates whenever I get a chance (used to work at a rink and the machine was easily accessible)
It was cool cuz during a game, I'd lose an edge by crashing into the boards or something and just get off the ice for about 5 minutes to sharpen the affected skate.
I sharpened the skates of some pro's as well (Glenn Anderson, Mogilny, Stan Neckar and more...) and these guys use radius' of about an inch and a quarter. You can barely see the edges and this just goes to show you how well these guys can skate.
Anyhow, I can't remember the name of the machine I wanted to recommend to you, I'll see if I can come up with anything.
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