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Sparx Skate Sharpener - At home sharpener

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11 hours ago, Leif said:

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. 

 

The history and philosophy behind the design is well documented on Sparx's youtube channel.

Look for the series of videos titled 'The Sparx Prototype Series' if you want the full picture - it goes quite in depth from original idea generation to prototypes to the final design & build.

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13 hours ago, colins said:

 

The history and philosophy behind the design is well documented on Sparx's youtube channel.

Look for the series of videos titled 'The Sparx Prototype Series' if you want the full picture - it goes quite in depth from original idea generation to prototypes to the final design & build.

colins

I watched the videos, albeit a year or so ago, but I don’t remember any specific mention of why it needs to be so heavy. I recall the CEO posting here and explaining that it takes a deeper cut than the ProSharp, and perhaps that creates more potential vibrations which need dampening with added mass. Nice to see that it is evolving. 

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10 minutes ago, Giltis said:

I am a bit underwhelmed. 

It’s gone down from 17.5 Kg to 10 Kg with a corresponding reduction in size and a modest reduction in price. That looks rather good to me. I bet for us Europeans that will translate to a price increase, but it is now very much portable. 👍🏻

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Jeez, that thing is way smaller. I'm not too surprised, there was a lot of space in the machine that was nothing but just open air. It's not enough of a difference to upgrade, but new buyers will definitely be happy. Well done, Sparx. 

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1 hour ago, IPv6Freely said:

Jeez, that thing is way smaller. I'm not too surprised, there was a lot of space in the machine that was nothing but just open air. It's not enough of a difference to upgrade, but new buyers will definitely be happy. Well done, Sparx. 

Yeah, I think the $699 price point will bring in a lot of people who were on the fence. 

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Good improvements imho, and looks like they're targeting the home user even more now.  Still seems like the last version of the Sparx prior to this is still the more robust machine though, since it's sorta unchanged from the commercial Sparx.  I wonder what the durability of the new Sparx vs the old Sparx is.

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I was about to purchase a few weeks back  but there was no stock. so I was just waiting for new stock the this came out. I ordered the pro so I could have the bigger base for at home. I just wish you could chose the 3 rings for the starter pack.

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2 hours ago, marka said:

Howdy,

Kinda happy that I don't have a reason to upgrade.  🙂

Mark

Haha I know this feeling all too well. Upgrade-itis is real!

2 hours ago, stick9 said:

Yeah, I think the $699 price point will bring in a lot of people who were on the fence. 

Agreed. I generally tell people at the Kickstarter price it was a no-brainer, but it might be hard to justify at the standard retail price. But $699 is much more reasonable. 

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12 hours ago, shoot_the_goalie said:

Good improvements imho, and looks like they're targeting the home user even more now.  Still seems like the last version of the Sparx prior to this is still the more robust machine though, since it's sorta unchanged from the commercial Sparx.  I wonder what the durability of the new Sparx vs the old Sparx is.

I know someone who dropped his down a flight of stairs, no case/box. It works fine. It also took some pucks to the glass without shattering. I suspect the new one is tough, and one advantage is that if the base breaks, you can just buy a new one. They probably learnt a lot from returns on the old one. (Did any fail under warranty?)

I can imagine ProSharp are thrilled. “Hey Lars, what’s the number for the company health counsellor, I’m feeling a bit anxious?” 

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I know a few parents that already looking to sell their current model and get the new one because of the weight savings. Their kids play Tier 1 Elite and travel all the time so any weight and space they can save are helpful to them. I imagine we will see some of the previous generation Sparx on sale at online marketplaces sometime soon.

I am personally eager to see the new model vs the previous generation. I hope Sparx does a comparision on YouTube @Sparx Hockey @SparxHockey

 

 

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For those interested, it seems that the new Pro model also comes with the "regular" base for travel.  The top portion of the unit is interchangeable, with the difference being the base unit.  The regular base is compact and lightweight for travel, and the Pro base is sturdier and heavier for a stationary application, even just home use, similar to the old model.  So if you're looking at the two and think you may want the Pro, but still want the smaller unit in case you travel occasionally, you don't have to choose between them.

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Hi guys - As you can imagine, we've been pretty slammed with the new launch, but yes, we will have plenty of videos coming in the future that thoroughly explain the difference in the two models. Some folks on here have already explained it well, but to confirm, the difference is in the bases. The Sparx Sharpener comes with the standard base, that is compact and lightweight, which makes it great to travel with to games and tournaments. The Sparx Sharpener Pro comes with TWO bases - the standard base AND the Pro Base. The Pro Base is a heavier duty metal base with a tempered glass access door similar to the base found on the original Sparx Sharpener (ES100).

The big benefit of the Sparx Sharpener Pro is that you can keep the head unit attached to the Pro Base at home, the team locker or the shop, and then simply lift the head unit off the Pro Base and attach it to the compact and lightweight standard base to bring on the road. There are just thumb nuts that easily remove the head unit.

The head units on both the Sparx Sharpener and Sparx Sharpener Pro are the same. And you can buy the Pro Base at a later time to transform the standard sharpener into the Pro, but like most bundles, etc. it is cheaper to buy the Pro model up front rather than buying the base later.

Hope that helps!

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11 hours ago, SparxHockey said:

Hi guys - As you can imagine, we've been pretty slammed with the new launch, but yes, we will have plenty of videos coming in the future that thoroughly explain the difference in the two models. Some folks on here have already explained it well, but to confirm, the difference is in the bases. The Sparx Sharpener comes with the standard base, that is compact and lightweight, which makes it great to travel with to games and tournaments. The Sparx Sharpener Pro comes with TWO bases - the standard base AND the Pro Base. The Pro Base is a heavier duty metal base with a tempered glass access door similar to the base found on the original Sparx Sharpener (ES100).

The big benefit of the Sparx Sharpener Pro is that you can keep the head unit attached to the Pro Base at home, the team locker or the shop, and then simply lift the head unit off the Pro Base and attach it to the compact and lightweight standard base to bring on the road. There are just thumb nuts that easily remove the head unit.

The head units on both the Sparx Sharpener and Sparx Sharpener Pro are the same. And you can buy the Pro Base at a later time to transform the standard sharpener into the Pro, but like most bundles, etc. it is cheaper to buy the Pro model up front rather than buying the base later.

Hope that helps!

I have a question for Sparx Hockey on behalf of those who have the ES100 and don't plan to upgrade in the near future.  I assume that the grinding rings are unchanged, and that the new Sparx uses the same spec grinding rings as the old Sparx.  However, I did notice on the Sparx site that the air filter for the ES100 is not the same as the air filter on the newer unit.  How long will Sparx offer last gen accessories for purchase?  Simply put, how long does Sparx intend to support ES100 users?  Thanks.

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1 hour ago, shoot_the_goalie said:

I have a question for those who have the ES100 and don't plan to upgrade in the near future.  I assume that the grinding rings are unchanged, and that the new Sparx uses the same spec grinding rings as the old Sparx.  However, I did notice on the Sparx site that the air filter for the ES100 is not the same as the air filter on the newer unit.  How long will Sparx offer last gen accessories for purchase?  Simply put, how long does Sparx intend to support ES100 users?  Thanks.

Thats a question for @Sparx Hockey @SparxHockey

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15 hours ago, shoot_the_goalie said:

I have a question for Sparx Hockey on behalf of those who have the ES100 and don't plan to upgrade in the near future.  I assume that the grinding rings are unchanged, and that the new Sparx uses the same spec grinding rings as the old Sparx.  However, I did notice on the Sparx site that the air filter for the ES100 is not the same as the air filter on the newer unit.  How long will Sparx offer last gen accessories for purchase?  Simply put, how long does Sparx intend to support ES100 users?  Thanks.

There are no plans to discontinue accessories or service on prior models. With thousands and thousands of customers (consumer and commercial) utilizing prior models that are going to last for several years, we are obviously going to support their product needs in the future.

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just got this email from sparx:

 

Dear Valued Sparx Customer, 

First, we want to thank you for placing your order for the new, revolutionary Sparx Sharpener and becoming one of the first consumers in the world to get access to the latest technology from Sparx Hockey. We know you will be extremely satisfied with your new sharpener and will experience consistent and accurate edges for many years to come!

Unfortunately, we were notified late last week that this eagerly anticipated first shipment of Sparx Sharpeners will be delayed in arriving to our facility. As you may have experienced with ordering other products, there are significant shipping delays currently taking place throughout the world and this delay is beyond our control.

While we originally communicated that sharpeners will ship out to you from our facility in 5-7 business days from when you placed your order, we are now expecting to ship sharpeners in approximately 13-15 business days. This estimate could change as we receive more information, but we wanted to share with you the latest information we have at this time.

We understand that this is frustrating, as it is frustrating to us as well. We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and the last thing we want is for any of our customers to have a less-than-perfect experience with Sparx Hockey.

If you would like to cancel your order as a result of the delay, we will provide you a full refund. However, please note that as a result of the unprecedented demand for the new Sparx Sharpener orders placed today are expected to ship in 5-6 weeks, so we recommend not canceling your current order.

We truly apologize for this delay and please know that we are doing everything in our power to expedite the process.

Again, thank you for your order and thank you for supporting Sparx Hockey.

 

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I waited two years for mine to ship! (They wouldn't ship to the UK until 18 months ago.) I love mine, and don't have a need to change it even though it weighs as much as a battle ship, but I'm interested to hear reviews of the new pocket sized one.

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