Honing your blade

Blade condition is critical to the effective operation of your shear. Failure to hone your blade as recommended will result in premature blade failure and poor cutting performance. Blades are NOT covered by warranty; take care of yours and it will last many years.

  • The blade must ALWAYS be mounted with the flat side toward the table.
  • Use hand protection at all times when handling the blade – blades are VERY sharp!
  • It is not necessary to remove the small nicks or chips from the blade edge when sharpening or honing.

It is quick and easy to hone your blade. With the blade in the machine, simply pull the shear handle down until the blade is just above the blade stop (approximately 1/8″). Then, lay the wide flat side of the hone stone against the flat side of the blade and move hone stone from end to end 2 to 3 times to remove any burrs.

There are three situations when it is very important to hone the blade (remove burrs) on the flat side of the blade.
1. After the first 30 cuts on a new blade
2. Every 100 cuts on the job
3. When the blade has been re-sharpened **

** The blade can be sharpened to restore a one-side, 21º – 22º knife edge. It is important to note that the blade must be sharpened only on the beveled side, leaving the flat side flat. We recommend that power grinding only be done professionally, as the blade must be fluid cooled during this process.