Quite often I see queries about skate
sharpeners and skate sharpening, so I thought that I would try to give an
overview of many of the most popular machines and tools that are currently
in use. I do not personally sell machines or have any affiliation
with the manufacturers. Links are provided to go directly to the manufacturers'
sites to see the various models and types of skate sharpening machines. They do not
sale prices for the equipment, but most of the larger double and triple head machines will be
over $10,000 and up to prices in excess of $27,000. The low end of
the small table top machines are in the area of $1,000. The major manufacturers offer many configurations
for their machines. They are pictured and described at the
various web sites which can by reached by clicking on the names or
Blackstone manufactures high end professional machines in single,
double, and triple head design in free standing models and single
head portables. They also sell 2 lower cost portable
(tabletop) machines for the home user. These machines are used by several NHL and college teams.
Blademaster manufactures high end professional machines in single,
double, and triple station design in free standing models
and single station portables. Another portable machine is
also available with a combination finishing and cross grind head
station. Blademaster machines are used by most NHL and
J-TEK manufactures single, double,
and triple head machines in multiple configurations as well as
several portable machines.
Gray Fleming Gray manufactures single, double,
and triple head machines.
Dupliskate Dupliskate sells three versions of
their machine. One is manual, another is a programmable,
computer controlled model, which controls the movement and pressure of
the grinding wheel arm. A third automatic machine is offered which
can do two skates at one time.
SSM North America
SSM Europe SSM makes finish head machines as well as a
cross grind contour machine. These machines are best known and
very popular in Europe. Carrying cases are available to
make the SSM-2 (pictured) portable.
Wissota manufactures a relatively inexpensive tabletop finish machine.
They offer a carrying case to make the machine portable as well as a
floor pedestal for mounting the machine. A cross grind machine,
which is made from a modified bench grinder, is also available.
E-Z Sharp is essentially a portable machine which can also be
purchased with a stand to make it into a floor model. A
separate cross grind machine is also sold.
Cag One makes an automatic sharpening machine and a computer
ProSharp makes automated machines in benchtop and portable models.
Included is a truly portable unit weighing only 22 pounds and capable
of running on 12 VDC as well as 100-250 VAC. No carrying cases
Sparx sells an automated machine primarily designed for home use.
It uses individual grinding rings for each ROH or flat bottom
sharpening. Each ring is good for about 40 sharpenings.
Hand Held Sharpeners
A large variety of hand sharpeners are available in
sports shops as well as on the internet. In my opinion, none of
these devices should be used as an alternative to sharpening skates on
the machines shown above, and should only be considered for use in an
emergency situation until you can get the skates sharpened. I have provided links to the
manufacturers of the products shown below in case you might be
interested in getting additional information about the products.
on this site has been collected from official scoresheets and from on ice
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