Sharpening the side cutter - this is how you go about it

A side cutter is not often needed - but if you need it, it should be as sharp as possible. How to ensure the sufficient sharpness, and how often you should grind side cutters, you will learn in detail in this post.

Ways to sharpen side cutters

Side cutters are tools that have to withstand massive loads. For this reason, the cutting edges of the tools are often made of particularly hard material or subsequently additionally hardened.

For grinding it is always necessary that the abrasive material has an even greater hardness than the cutting edge of the side cutter. In many cases, this is already problematic, especially if the cutting edges have been inductively hardened. Grinding is then difficult or impossible.

grinding accuracy

It is also important with the side cutter that the cutting edges always hit each other exactly. Otherwise, the tool can not fulfill its purpose. When grinding, this circumstance must be taken into account - no mistakes may happen and the cutting geometry must not be changed.

Even sharpening by side cutters

Due to the hardness of the material, self-sharpening will hardly be possible. If you do, you need a lot of tact and experience to avoid making mistakes when grinding. Otherwise, later on, the final state may still be worse than the initial state, or the side cutter may even become completely unusable in the worst case.

grinding Services

Especially with such problematic and particularly hard tools as a side cutter, it is worthwhile to make use of a professional sharpening service. Many DIY stores offer this cost-effectively.

Tips & Tricks

Because of the high hardness side cutters are usually very schneidhaltig. A regrinding must always be done only when you actually feel clearly that they have become dull and no longer work properly.

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