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Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

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1 hour ago, 215BroadStBullies610 said:

Yea, I play with a couple of guys who have one. One of them sharpens skates for the guys for the pickup groups at one the rinks. I'm sure he does well for himself.

Yeah I think he told me that once he paid off the machine he stopped charging the guys on the team. Other players he charges them a few bucks though, but I'm sure if he wanted to he could make decent money. 

1 hour ago, IPv6Freely said:

I've seen some guys use power inverters in their cars (and Sparx even sells one). I really should do that for our next tournament. 

That's actually really cool and probably more of a threat to pro shop business. Where I grew up there were a few rinks with full blown GD-style lot scenes before and after games. Drop a dude with a Sparx in his car into that environment and he will be paying his mortgage off early.

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I bring my portable prosharp to the rink for every game and sharpen everyone's skates on my team. My SUV has a 12V outlet. Each guy kicks me down 2 bucks and I use that for our team beer money after the game.

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22 hours ago, Miller55 said:

Yeah I think he told me that once he paid off the machine he stopped charging the guys on the team. Other players he charges them a few bucks though, but I'm sure if he wanted to he could make decent money. 

That's the way to do. Something I'll consider especially if they can offer a cheaper unit. 

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Does anyone know if this is a gen 2 replacement or a cheaper complement to the current model?  I havent bought one but really like th fact that the Sparx is almost 40 lbs, hope they dont replace it with something lighter.

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I wouldn't be so quick to assume it will be cheaper. Small and portable means it has to be rugged. That usually means added cost and less functionality.

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1 minute ago, BenBreeg said:

Does anyone know if this is a gen 2 replacement or a cheaper complement to the current model?  I havent bought one but really like th fact that the Sparx is almost 40 lbs, hope they dont replace it with something lighter.

I do not believe it is a replacement. I think it's a stand-alone offering with increased portability.

JMO

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9 minutes ago, BenBreeg said:

Does anyone know if this is a gen 2 replacement or a cheaper complement to the current model?  I havent bought one but really like th fact that the Sparx is almost 40 lbs, hope they dont replace it with something lighter.

im in the same boat. hoping it brings back the cross grind option

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42 minutes ago, BenBreeg said:

I havent bought one but really like th fact that the Sparx is almost 40 lbs, hope they dont replace it with something lighter.

Curious as to why a heavier machine would be better?  

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Howdy,

1 hour ago, mojo122 said:

Curious as to why a heavier machine would be better?  

Generally speaking, machine tools that are heavier work better (less flexing, less vibration, etc)

I'm not sure how much that would apply to a skate sharpener.  Chatter / vibration of the "cutting head" obviously is bad, but I would imagine they could keep weights / resonance there in check and still drop the weight of the whole unit.

It'll be interesting to see what the differences are.  I certainly don't care about smaller/lighter for my use, so if that's the big improvement, I won't feel any pressure to upgrade.  🙂

Mark

 

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1 hour ago, mojo122 said:

Curious as to why a heavier machine would be better?  

Maybe it doesn't apply as much but when you have something spinning/vibrating, the weight of the entire machine dampens it and reduces wobble.  In woodworking the better equipment weighs a ton for this exact reason, sometimes guys will search out old vintage machines from the 30s and 40s because they are even heavier.  Not sure how that comes into play here but you do notice the higher end sharpeners also seem a lot beefier.  I could be wrong but that is where my head is at.

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1 minute ago, marka said:

Howdy,

Generally speaking, machine tools that are heavier work better (less flexing, less vibration, etc)

I'm not sure how much that would apply to a skate sharpener.  Chatter / vibration of the "cutting head" obviously is bad, but I would imagine they could keep weights / resonance there in check and still drop the weight of the whole unit.

It'll be interesting to see what the differences are.  I certainly don't care about smaller/lighter for my use, so if that's the big improvement, I won't feel any pressure to upgrade.  🙂

Mark

 

Jinx! 🙂

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And so the line between consumer and commercial use is further blurred; it's interesting to see how an expansion out to proshops is perceived when now it's going to be even easier to bypass them - in their own house, no less.

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16 hours ago, stick9 said:

I do not believe it is a replacement. I think it's a stand-alone offering with increased portability.

JMO

I diont think Sparx has the capital to build and support two seperate units. I imagine they will streamline to a single model and sell off the older model inventory at a slight discount. 

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Unlikely for all three. Ring life is already pretty damn good. Cross grind just isn’t going to happen, and vacuum hookup is more likely to be limited to the pro models only.

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On 3/8/2015 at 8:31 AM, jimmy said:

Actually more of a copy of a cag and prosharp skatepal. Not different at all. Very close to a Skatepal so I'm wondering if there will be patent issues. I beleive these guys visited my store a coulple of years ago, saying they were college students doing an engineering project. Then they wanted to come back and have me show them every detail of the CAG and prosharps that I have. I didn't have the time.

One caution to those with dreams of making side cash sharpening friends and teammates, be sure you get the appropriate business licences, town, state and federal, and also pay proper federal and state taxes on your 'profits".

Or just tell everyone there's a recommended "donation". 

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40 minutes ago, court31sierra said:

hopefully has a few more options.. extended ring life/ cross grind/ vacuum hook up

Probably just smaller. There was a lot of wasted space in the original design. 

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On 8/6/2020 at 9:36 PM, cjpritch said:
It’s going to be a lot smaller 

Nah, just a smaller cardboard box with less foam padding. 

 

I’ve never considered the Sparx portable as it’s so heavy, but I know many disagree. I wouldn’t mind knowing why the original was so big and heavy compared to the ProSharp Home which by all accounts is very good albeit expensive. 

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