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mnpucker

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  1. Similar story different direction it sounds like told me it didn't really matter either but pretty sure he said up Oh well maybe when I get new spinners I will go markings down and see what happens. Or maybe they will have deeper better stampings. I pretty much have mine set up to do Mako's now. All of the skates I sharpen at Mako 2's. Kind of nice I don't have to really change anything other than spinners. So it remains level all the time.
  2. I was always told stamped markings side "up" on this board and by Blackstone. There is a difference when it is flipped. I have to adjust the holder settings when the spinner is flipped, stamp down. This brings up an observation I have always wondered about. It seems when I sharpen with marking UP my sparks seem to be very near the top edge of my dressing wheel. The spark line is definitely not in the middle of the wheel. That said, my edges are completely level every time as well so I am confident in my sharpening. Curious if you notice the same thing? perhaps by flipping my spinner to markings down my spark line would be more centered on the wheel? Not that it matters, I am getting a great sharpening, just something I have been curious about.
  3. So do you take your spinner out every time u are done sharpening? Cuz that is the only way this works out. I know how to organize myself. I have my ways but on occasion in the heat of switching spinners or going for a time without sharpening it is ez pz to lose track of spinners. I don't think the stampings should wear off at $60 each. It may seem simple to organize them but once you lose track one time you are basically screwed out of $120 if you confuse 2 of them......I have used color with a sharpie and i have marked a magnetic plate on my sharpening bench with FBV #'s. They adhere fine to the plate.
  4. Has anyone else had problems with the FBV Stamping wearing off one the spinners? The stamping wears off and I have no idea what each one is. I have tried color coding them which works for a while. I installed a magnet based tool holder on my bench and have spots for each spinner to keep them organized but sometimes they get mixed up, like when I travel. They are too expensive to have to guess if you have the right one. Blackstone's advice was basically just don't mix them up.....that was not from Liam or Mark.....
  5. the guys I sharpen for and myself use 2 FBV's. All over 6', all nearing 200lbs. They like 100-50 for softer ice conditions, specifically spring summer early fall when there is more humidity. This time of year they are 100-75. Not gonna say that is what it should be for everyone, just what they/I landed on. I can actually say that the 100-75 eliminates that "tail slide" feeling some mention after migrating to FBV. I thought 95-75 felt "sharper/sticky" than 100-75 though.
  6. Far from new technology at this point. I have had it for 6 years. Where is your evidence of "it doesn't save on wheels"? As in hard evidence? I have gone through few heels in 6 years, not sure but no more than 4(?). I sharpen 3-5 pairs/week. I switch from 100-50 95-75, and 100-75. No real concern for life of the wheel. Why do I need to see the spinner dress? Curious why this matters at all. Since you mention it, do you HAVE to see the dressing with a diamond stylus? Easier? How can it be easier? I turn a dial on my XO2 and poof, dressed. Complicated? I think not. I trust Blackstone because they developed technology that has revolutionized skate sharpening and skate performance. They created a technology that has impacted skate sharpening/hockey like nothing else. They have done so and have been successful with it. I commend them on this and feel they deserve credit for being the company that did not sit on its laurels and just keep pumping the same old tired technology into the market. FBV was so limited 6 + years ago when I purchased my XO2 that I decided I had to buy a sharpener for myself. Never would have bought a traditional had I not desired to try FBV. Owning this sharpener is the single best thing I have ever purchased. Reliable, revolutionary (VS me too copy cats), efficient and in my opinion affordable. I have more than paid of it but by not going to the pro shop as often. I can't argue on the price of spinners, they have an expense but the spinner dressing system provide flexibility I would not want to be without. In my opinion if you buy a machine that does not give you both ROH and FBV you are buying a product that will be worthless to any potential buyers if you ever want to sell it Also you may not be able to sharpen some team mates skates. Very happy I can do both ROH and FBV......Someday I might even go back in time and try the ancient method of ROH since it is soon old.
  7. Just my opinion but I believe edge level to be more critical with FBV than ROH. Just ask the sharpener to show you the edge level on the front and rear of the blade prior to accepting them OR by an edge checker yourself.
  8. Here is the next biggest advantage (sorry to you pro shop guys for this one) I can promise you I saved $1,000's in add on sales by not spending time in the pro shops awaiting my skates to be done.....Specifically when 9,10,11,12,13 year old kids looks at you and asks for the newest jersey, t shirt hat, jacket, mini stick, knee hockey net etc.... Cha Ching !
  9. Previous POST for your review....... A quick sharpening story. I own a Xo2, might have one of the first ones out, I am a Blackstone FBV thread viewer since page 1! Anyway through the years I respond to people about the positives about owning a sharpener vs taking to a pro shop. The reasons are plenty. Recently I was reminded of maybe the most important reason....accuracy. I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to gear (hockey or fishing). I bought a sharpener and became pretty good at it. I never let a pair of skates leave my sharpening table without absolute level edges. I live in Minnesota, we have pro-shops on nearly every corner. On occasion I sharpen my boys teammates skates. I always do one thing prior to sharpening, check the edge for level. I am always shocked at how out of level the edges are. The boys have their skates sharpened at very reputable shops in the area. I am not exaggerating when I say the edges are usually out of level by more than 3 marks on the BR edge checker. Sometimes off several bars from the back to the front of the same blade! The leveler sometimes is nearly vertical. Off level so bad I inspect for nicks in the blade or long scrapes. I guess this is not necessarily a knock on the people that are profiting by sharpening skates, rather a warning for customers to be more vigilant. If I were to do this youth hockey thing all over again. The very least thing I would do is invest in an edge checker so I can keep my pro shop honest. If you want to do it right, by all means buy a sharpener as soon as you know your kids will be in it for the long haul....Keep in mind these things hold their value like nothing else. You will always get your money out of a sharpener. If you are considering it, just do it you will never regret the decision. Edit for accuracy it was page 3 when I decided to buy a Blackstone funny thing about that is FBV is still considered new technology. Initially I was going to buy the X01 then changed my mind. This thing is 6 years old!! holy crap time flies. It looks and runs like it is brand new. I have probably sharpened 1000 pair of skates. I have used about 4 wheels and gone through 2-3 spinners. one thing I noticed, kids feet grow. I started out sharpening size 3-4 and now I am doing 9-10's. One friend of my kid has a 14......SKATE!!! takes half a stone to sharpen those things. Anyway Kudos to Blackstone, you make a great product. I too am in Minnesota, my brother has a Wisota, quality product with limited flexibility. He has admitted he would much rather have the ability to shape the stone as FBV or ROH. My X02 has been flawless. I have landed on a hard ice FBV 100/75 and a soft ice FBV 100/50. I have NEVER used the ROH. Actually the last time my boys or I have skated ROH was 6 years ago right around page 3 of this thread.
  10. A quick sharpening story. I own a Xo2, might have one of the first ones out, I am a Blackstone FBV thread viewer since page 1! Anyway through the years I respond to people about the positives about owning a sharpener vs taking to a pro shop. The reasons are plenty. Recently I was reminded of maybe the most important reason....accuracy. I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to gear (hockey or fishing). I bought a sharpener and became pretty good at it. I never let a pair of skates leave my sharpening table without absolute level edges. I live in Minnesota, we have pro-shops on nearly every corner. On occasion I sharpen my boys teammates skates. I always do one thing prior to sharpening, check the edge for level. I am always shocked at how out of level the edges are. The boys have their skates sharpened at very reputable shops in the area. I am not exaggerating when I say the edges are usually out of level by more than 3 marks on the BR edge checker. Sometimes off several bars from the back to the front of the same blade! The leveler sometimes is nearly vertical. Off level so bad I inspect for nicks in the blade or long scrapes. I guess this is not necessarily a knock on the people that are profiting by sharpening skates, rather a warning for customers to be more vigilant. If I were to do this youth hockey thing all over again. The very least thing I would do is invest in an edge checker so I can keep my pro shop honest. If you want to do it right, by all means buy a sharpener as soon as you know your kids will be in it for the long haul....Keep in mind these things hold their value like nothing else. You will always get your money out of a sharpener. If you are considering it, just do it you will never regret the decision. Edit for accuracy it was page 3 when I decided to buy a Blackstone funny thing about that is FBV is still considered new technology. Initially I was going to buy the X01 then changed my mind. This thing is 6 years old!! holy crap time flies. It looks and runs like it is brand new. I have probably sharpened 1000 pair of skates. I have used about 4 wheels and gone through 2-3 spinners. one thing I noticed, kids feet grow. I started out sharpening size 3-4 and now I am doing 9-10's. One friend of my kid has a 14......SKATE!!! takes half a stone to sharpen those things. Anyway Kudos to Blackstone, you make a great product.
  11. Check to see if the outsole on the left skate is contacting your holder. Contact will torque the boot up a bit taking it out of level. Wider skates do not play nice with the holder. I have to mount the skate instep down on wider or bigger skates to avoid contact.
  12. I have the X02. My experience has been nothing short of fantastic. I appreciate the flexibility of being able to do ROH and FBV. Not everyone (most) are sold on FBV so it is nice to touch up skates or those who want 1/2. The X02 is a hefty machine. You really cannot move it when sharpening. If you do move you have got to be doing something wrong. Since I have owned it I have gotten kids out of many sharpening jams. Outdoor ice eats up edges. Holidays and Sundays are prime rink rat time for kids. I have had many late night or early morning drop offs from my kids teammates.
  13. This is what I found as well. I have changed to numbers up because it seems best centered there.
  14. Quick question, when you install a spinner do you insert it with the stamped ROH notification side up (where the ROH is imprinted) or the other? Also do any of you have problems determining what FBV your spinners are due to wear? The stamped numbers have worn down on a couple of mine to the point I cannot tell what they are.
  15. I find it hard to believe that a bit of sweat build up could ever impact anyones foot speed. Seriously? When compared to skates 5, 10, 20 years ago these skates today are nearly weightless. Here is what I learned from the LPH show at the Mn State Tourney. M2 has a redesign of the hot spot as I had heard. I was told that the problem with the old skate was that the thermo form Gel was settling downward each time the boot was baked, including the initial bake. The nearest seam/stitching that defined the gels placement was low enough that the gel settled below the plastic from the tendon guard. Thus the hot spot. M2 has a new thermoform material that is less susceptible to "settling" additionally the seam/stitching placement was raised slightly to insure the thermoform gel stays put.
  16. ok got my kid a W28 DT1ST after chronic blade break problems with easton V9, like literally 3-4 practices or games and the blade split heel to toe. 3 games with the DT1ST, 7g's and 2a's. He says the puck really goes where he wants it to. Hopefully it provides some measure of durability. Nice work warrior
  17. I was able to bake and try these on today. I currently wear 8.5 One95's. I fit into the 8.5 Mako. What a unique feeling skate, as I told my son about some of the details, specifically the tendon guard, he wrinkled his nose and said I never notice it on my One100s. Upon trying the Mako on his response was obvious. The flexible tendon guard had a unique feel, he really liked it. The tendon guard flex and low boot cut really gives the skate a totally unique feel. Had some one on one time with Dave Cruikshank as well. This is a very interesting skate, I will be buying a pair as soon as available.
  18. This is why he did not bake them. Also he has another "Review" on his site now.
  19. Converted and will never go back. Obviously owning a X02 makes it easy for me. Curious about why people did not like 100/50 as well. It happens to be preferred for everyone I know.
  20. I saw a pair on ice last night 14 year old in MN, happened also to have the Orange blacked out. The heel is quite bright but they looked good blacked out. I watched him skate, he is a good skater normally but he really looked like he was edging deeper and smoother than many on power turns. The skate is noticable on the ice.
  21. I have been sharpening family skates since I got my x-02 In January 2009. I have always had one question come to mind every time I sharpen and have never asked it. How much do you follow the blade around the front and rear of the tips of the blades? I tend to just run off the end of the blade, as if I am following the flat of the blade (I do not follow the curvature of the tip of the blade). What is the right way to start and end a pass?
  22. I just had a pair put in my one95's. I have skated on them 3 times, 2 coaching one playing. I agree they are a nice tongue. Ideally though I would not mind seeing a bit more rigidity up the middle of the tongue. I am feeling my laces through the tongue more than I did with stock bauer tongues. They look great though. For the most part I am satisfied. George's did a great job.
  23. I have owned my Xo2 from the very beginning , in fact I would be willing to be I got one of the first production sharpeners. Going on 2 years this fall? Your usage's nearly identical to mine. 2 Boys and myself. I settled on 100/50 all year round. I think purchasing the Xo2 was the best buy I have ever made. Sorry to all you shop owners for my next statement. A byproduct of sharpening your own skates is less side purchases every time you go to the shop to get a sharpening. The overall benefit is the flexibility owning a sharpener gives you. Game Day after Xmas and forgot to get the skates sharpened? no problem. You will not be sorry. A couple things, get the Ruby wheel, tef top, the upgraded holder and fine shine. Cannot speak on the current Bat Gage. I like my magnetic edge checker. For outdoor ice the 100/75 is the right edge. my boys are 11 and 12 and play all year long at least 3 days a week 2 hours per skate. Winter is more random. I am 6'1" 235 we all like the 100/50. For those that say FBV does not last as long as ROH? the answer is get yourself a MIracle stone and use it after each skate. You will find the FBV edge preserves quite a while. I would say my boys get 2.5 - 3 weeks (almost 18 hours on ice) out of each sharpen. Blackstone has been amazing to deal with. great service and nice people. Good Luck.
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