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beanhead last won the day on August 15 2014

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  • Skates
    Bauer Supreme 190
  • Stick
    CCM RBZ 80
  • Gloves
    Reebok 5k
  • Helmet
    CCM Res 300 w/ cage, CCM V08 w/ visor
  • Pants
    Nexus 1000
  • Shoulder Pads
    Easton M3
  • Elbow Pads
    Reebok 18k
  • Shin Pads
    Reebok 18k
  • Hockey Bag
    Bauer backpack/roller

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  1. Thanks for the info. The companies selling grinding wheels do not have very good descriptions of what each one is good for.
  2. I have only used pink 80 grit and 8MXRUBY grinding wheels. I can get a better finish with an 80 grit, even though it takes slightly longer to sharpen than the 8MXRUBY. I have nothing else to compare them to. Is there a reason to try other grinding wheels? Which wheel do you prefer? Also, Blademaster describes their 80 grit pink wheel as being good for recreational figure skates and goalie skates. If it is good for those two, why would it not be good for hockey skates?
  3. This is a portable sharpener that supposedly can also cross-cut by turning the finishing wheel 90 degrees. There is a radius system that attaches to allow you to do a custom radius. I am just wondering how well that finishing wheel would actually work being used as a cross cut wheel.
  4. I wear size 5.0 Bauer Supreme 190. I can't tell any difference between my 5.0 and a "senior" 6.0 other than the size. Even if there was a slight difference in protection, I would be more worried about injury from clumsy skating with a too large skate than I would about being injured due to a slapshot.
  5. Indeed it is. Especially when your hand is inside a bacteria-breeding hockey glove. Do your best to keep it clean. Use Povidone-Iodine solution to kill MRSA and other bacteria.
  6. I think the weight of the padding makes a big difference in the way I skate. I have hardly played any hockey in the past couple of years. 99% of my skating is coaching or public skate. When coaching I have a helmet, gloves, and thin referee shin guards. Public skate sessions have none of that. In the handful of times I played open hockey in the last couple of years, I felt incredibly unbalanced. I had a hard time adjusting to the center of gravity change. When I pick up my equipment bag, it is pretty heavy. I think skating around only a couple times a year carrying all that extra weight is difficult to adjust to.
  7. Unfortunately supporting my local hockey shop would mean either buying overpriced items that I don't want, or settling for a sharpening that includes uneven, banana bladed edges done at a hollow I did not ask for.
  8. Do it. The difference between 9/16 and 5/8 is small. You can always change it back, but I have a feeling you won't.
  9. Thanks for the update. I have come to the conclusion that the people who sharpen skates and actually know what they are doing are in the minority. At least in my area. Before I started sharpening my own skates, I would get strange looks when I asked for 7/8. Almost universally they would ask "you mean 3/8?" Then they would try to argue that 7/8 was for goalies only. It is funny to see many of the skaters getting the standard 1/2 cut rubbing their skates against the boards trying to dull them because they were too sharp. If only they knew there were other options. Unfortunately uneven edges are common and almost to be expected at the shops who rush through a bunch of skates. My brother in-law recently got his daughter into skating. He bought her new skates and I told him where to get them sharpened (the one guy in my area who knows how to sharpen skates, 45min drive one way). He ended up taking them somewhere else out of convenience. I took a look at the blades and could not believe what I saw. The skates were cross-ground, but they never ground the hollow fully into the blade. Both edges still had the cross-grind lines. I don't see how anyone could give skates like that back to a customer. Incidentally, when I my brother in-law later went to my recommended shop to fix the other shops mistake, the guy sharpened them at 3/4. His 6 year old daughter did just fine in them.
  10. My little one is 42 lbs and skates just fine on 5/8. I am a light weight myself at 135 lbs and use 7/8. I do not experience any loss of bite during turns some some skaters speak of. I think having young skaters on shallow hollows helps them find their edges better. With a deep hollow, you have a lot of bite whether you want it or not. With a shallow hollow you have more control over how much bite you want. You want more bite... angle the blade more. Less bite... angle less. This all my opinion only. I am sure there will be others who disagree.
  11. Agreed. 5/8 provides plenty of bite when the technique is correct.
  12. My daugther is 42lbs and skates on 5/8 summer 9/16 winter. She has no problems using her edges to turn or stopping quickly. I see several kids who do a tight turn instead of shaving ice as their method of stopping. These kids are on too deep of a hollow.
  13. Yep. The only sharpener that I have found that can do a good job is 45 minutes away. That is 1.5 hours of driving, and it usually takes me 30 minutes at the rink until I can leave. (I am usually not the only there waiting for a sharpening) The cost of a sharpening is $7, the round trip cost of gas is $10.45. It cost me $17.45 and 2 hours of time to get a good sharpening. I won't even bother using the closer shop. I would rather have dull blades than have them screw it up.
  14. That is a very good point. I had planned to do the actual sharpening in my driveway (if i get a sharpener). I would either weld up a table for it or use the tailgate of my pickup truck. If I was doing it in my garage on a frequent basis I would certainly want a dust collections system. Even with a dust collection system a cheap N95 dust mask is not a bad idea.
  15. I am also looking for a sharpener of my own. I am also a mechanically inclined tool guy. I think most mechanically inclined people can pick up sharpening in very little time. I have about 6-7 hours worth of sharpening experience. I was able to practice on several pairs of rental skates that looked like someone had ran a road marathon in. It took very little time to figure out the best amount of pressure and speed to produce a good edge. I bought an edge checker on ebay to verify that I was keeping even edges. I would say after about 5 pairs of skates, my results exceeded those of my local area sharpeners who have been sharpening for years. Keeping even edges seems to be the hardest part of skate sharpening. None of my local shops can seem to do it, or they just don't care to try. I have seen some unbelievably uneven edges come from shops who proclaim to be expert sharpeners. The only professional sharpener in my area that I can trust to get even edges is a 45 minute drive one way. It really is not that hard to do if you understand how to adjust the holder correctly. I think it would be intuitive for someone with machining experience. You could even use a dial indicator to help level the holder if you have one. The holder I have used is basically an older version of the Blademaster SH2000. I am looking at the SPB850 and the Wissota. I am leaning toward the SPB850 because the wheel spins clockwise, and that is what I am used to. It is also cheaper than the Wissota, which adds $78 sales tax to the sharpener even though I don't live in Minnesota? I do however think the Wissota holder would take less practice to produce even edges for someone who never used a cam adjusting holder. I briefly considered all the sharpeners listed above, but the SPB850 and Wissota seem to be the most practical. I like the fact that I can change the ROH at anytime, without ordering special dressers or grinder wheels. They should also be very durable in theory since they are basically just an electric motor mounted on a table. If anything does break, it would be easy to repair.
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