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Old 01-10-2012, 09:08 PM
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Default Hand Auger Blades - Can I sharpen myself?

Not much of an ice fisher but was thinking of taking the family snowshoeing and ice fishing to Spray this weekend if the wind behaves.

I have a hand auger and was wondering if I'm really careful, is it possible to sharpen the blades with my bench grinder or will I do more harm than good? The auger isn't dull, but isn't sharp either.

Or, any other suggestions for DIY sharpening?
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:13 PM
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I my self wouldn't use a grinder i would use ether a good file or a stone. I always use a file on my power auger i find the cutting edge has to be just right or they won't cut good.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:18 PM
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strikemaster puts out a sharpener made for doing all smooth style auger blades. the fishing hole handles them for less than ten bucks. i'd go that route.

http://strikemaster.com/store/icefis...sharpener.html

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Old 01-10-2012, 09:25 PM
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strikemaster puts out a sharpener made for doing all smooth style auger blades. the fishing hole handles them for less than ten bucks. i'd go that route.

http://strikemaster.com/store/icefis...sharpener.html

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X2 I bought one a couple years ago and it works great, you need the proper angle or you may as well use the auger to beat a hole in the ice.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:28 PM
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Thanks guys. Point taken! I'm in cowtown tomorrow for work so I may just have to saunter over to the FH. The only problem with going into that store is it's never just $10
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:56 PM
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i think new blades are only around 30 bucks that's another option
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:32 AM
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X2 I bought one a couple years ago and it works great, you need the proper angle or you may as well use the auger to beat a hole in the ice.
HAHAHA. I just pictured you in my head whaling a hand auger against the ice trying to make a hole. Hows the ice at lake X?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:56 AM
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Key on a hand auger blade is that there has to be a "BURR" on the ice side so that it catches the ice. In other words, you sharpen from the top side only. You can use a sharpening stone with oil, or a very light touch on an angle grinder with a fine stone. you will need a spare set anyway, so buy a new set and sharpen the old. Keep the old set taped up on the cutting edge so you don't do any damage with the blades flopping around in your tackle box. No fun reaching in and rummaging around and getting a surprise the hard way.

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:12 AM
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HAHAHA. I just pictured you in my head whaling a hand auger against the ice trying to make a hole. Hows the ice at lake X?
It's about Y inches but not everywhere

Sorry, couldn't resist...
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