(heavy metal music) – Hey guys, it’s Jeremy
from HowToHockey with the Hockey Movement and
I just tested a machine that can sharpen hockey skates at home. Yes, at home. It could be a huge product for the hockey market, brand new. In this video, I’m gonna
test out and show you all the bells and
whistles and how it works. Now I did do a video already, it’s only two minutes long, it’s
on our Facebook page in the video section. It’s
just a quick look at the machine. Now in this one, I’m going to show you guys all
the bells and whistles. It’s actually really smart
how this machine is designed. I was impressed, so I think
you’ll like this video even though it’s a bit
longer than the other one. So check it out, I’m gonna
show you the machine works and if you’re lucky, you
can pick up one of these machines through the
Kickstarter before it’s available in stores or on their website. Alright, well here’s
Russ. He’s the founder of Sparx Hockey. That is
the machine that will sharpen your skates at home for you. It’s a new product coming up. Russ, explain to me how this works. We already sort of went
over how it’s sharpens, but show me sort of the inner
workings of the machine. – Okay, in between
sharpenings, you may want to change out the grinding
ring. This grinding ring, for example, is a 5/8 wheel. And the one that’s in
the machine right now is a 1/2 inch radius. So this grinding ring would be a little bit flatter
and a little more glide, less bite than the ring
that’s in there now. If you wanted to change
out the grinding ring, you would open this
front door on the machine and again, similar to the
whole printer analogy, the grinding ring moves
over into a position now where you can just loosen
this nut and remove the grinding ring and replace it. But you also might want to,
you know every 100 skate sharpenings or so, if
you care to, you can take this tray out and this
tray collects all of the steel dust from the skate inside the tray so you can just walk
over to the garbage pail and dump it out. And then there’s also a HEPA filter in the back of the unit. This HEPA filter is what all of the skate steel is being filtered through
so that none of it gets into the environment
where you’re operating the skate sharpener. This
can run, and we actually have run this in people’s
kitchens and living rooms, with no dust accumulating anywhere because it’s all trapped either
in the tray or filter. – [Jeremy] Now can you
clean that filter or do you gotta replace it? – You totally can. We
recommend they’re replaced about every 200 pairs of skates. But you can just as
easily, you know, you can dump it out and you can
see the skate steel’s kinda coming out of the filter. – [Jeremy] Yeah, so you do
that every few sharpenings just to keep it clean.
– Exactly, just to keep it clean. We’ll offer
these, obviously on our website for replacement.
They won’t be very expensive. – [Jeremy] So the replaceable
parts are the filter and those wheels.
– And these wheels. – [Jeremy] And the
wheels you said, every… – Every 50 pairs of skates. – [Jeremy] Alright, so
a dollar a sharpening? – A dollar a sharpening.
– [Jeremy] 50 dollars a wheel. So we got some safety features. So this thing won’t work unless it’s… – So if you try to start
it now, it’ll tell you that the, these we call these slot covers or scoops. So it’s not gonna let you start until these are closed.
The lights will extinguish as soon as it touches the skate. And now it can start.
It also can’t start with the door open. So if
you try to start it with the door open, it’ll
give you an audible alert telling you the door is open. – [Jeremy] Yup. And the one extra one is there’s a filter in the back
and if the filter is out, or not in properly, then
it won’t start as well because if that filter
isn’t in there, it’s gonna blow dust everywhere so
you’re pretty much fool proof skate sharpening. So Russ
is just explaining to me about the wheel and how it works. I’m asking, you can do
about 50 skate sharpenings with it, but how do you
know when to replace it. So I thought it was pretty interesting. – So, as this wheel is being
used to sharpen skates, the abrasive coating that is on the steel, this ring. You can kinda
see this ring shape here, there’s a steel-based
layer and then there’s an abrasive coating on here.
And this abrasive coating wears away as you sharpen the skates, and as you sharpen, we
call this the life bar. This life bar here counts
down the life of the grinding ring until you get all the
way down here, which will be, there’s 10 lights, and so
you’ll be in the 5-10% range of life of the wheel. This
will turn red, alerting you that you need to replace
your grinding ring. – [Jeremy] And you said
there’s a microchip in there, that’s how it reads it? – Yeah, there’s a chip
inside this wheel that tells the machine how much
life is left in the wheel. The great thing about this, this allows, for example,
one guy on the block to buy a machine, and
all the kids on the block can buy their own grinding rings and share the machine.
– [Jeremy] Oh, I see. Yeah. So it’s interchangeable. It knows which wheel is being used. – So everybody can have their own radius and the life of wheel is being tracked by the wheel itself. – [Jeremy] That’s smart. – [Russ] It’s finger
tight, there’s no tools. We tried to get rid of any tools. Finger tight, you don’t want
to go too tight. Just close it. So you can kind of see
how hacked up this is. – [Jeremy] Oh yeah, it’s
a bad blade. (laughs) I was, uh, skating on
synthetic ice for a while, which pretty much rounds the edges. So Russ gave me the intensive 30 second training session. I want to see if I can remember all the steps. Step one, push down here and put the skate in, let it go. She’s in there, that’s firm. Step two, push here
and clamp the skate in. That seems pretty good. And step three, push this button. There
we go, I’m an expert skate sharpener. (buzzing noise) And we’re done! It’s like a toaster oven. And I guess there’s one step now. I have to run the stone up and down it. – [Russ] Correct. – Alright. – [Russ] And then you
can toss the edge checker on there too if you want. – Sure. Last step is the edge checker. I’m assuming most people
out there don’t know how this thing works. So
you toss it on your blade, and it’s gonna measure how
leveled those edges are. Having leveled edges is
important in skating. So I’m just gonna exaggerate
this to show a point. If your edges are like
that, you can see a bunch of dots on this side and not on the other. You don’t have even edges.
So I’m just gonna let this sit and push it up there. Alright so that is leveled.
You can see the dots right along there, showing
the levelness of the edge. I’ll wrap this up while
I’m skating, let you know how the sharpening felt. So basically, it felt
just how you’d expect a good sharpening to feel
like from any skate shop. Good edges, no flat spots,
no nicks, nice glide. What I’m really excited about is that you can probably get the
same consistency from the machine over, over and over. Not like, sometimes you
bring your skates to the shop and you wonder, “oh I
hope they did a good job.” So you would never have that
feeling, you always have the consistency with the
quality that you’d expect. So really excited for
the product, if you guys wanna pick one up or just check it out, check out the Kickstarter right now or their website. I’ll put some links in the video description. So thanks a lot for watching this video and don’t forget to subscribe. We do new hockey
videos every single week.

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100 thoughts on “Sparx Home Skate Sharpener detailed review

  • April 7, 2015 at 3:35 am
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    Oh my! What an awesome tool, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I am stoked.

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  • April 7, 2015 at 3:55 am
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    I feel like after a while, this might actually b quite a bit cheaper than going to a pro shop all the time just forma sharpening. This is a great product for sure

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  • April 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm
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    what skates are those

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  • April 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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    Does this work for goalie skates and figure-skates

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  • April 8, 2015 at 3:36 am
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    Not sure if this was mentioned in the video, but can sharpen fbv (flat bottom v) with this machine or is it strictly for your standard cut (5/8, 1/2, 3/8) ?

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  • April 8, 2015 at 5:44 am
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    Hey Jeremy thanks for these videos. They've been very helpful. I was wondering if you could make a series of videos for forwards like you did for defense. Also, if you could make a video on basic to more advanced positioning. I'm just learning how to play and I never know where I'm supposed to be when I play a game. Who do I cover? Where do I go for the face-offs? Where should I be in the different zones? Thanks again!

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  • April 8, 2015 at 5:53 am
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    Hello , I recommend you use far edge , usually ask the entire channel and only one occasion pedi mean channel , weight 105 kilos

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  • April 9, 2015 at 1:26 am
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    How are those Verbero skates Jeremy? They look nice.

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  • April 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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    Bad thing.. they not shipping to Europe.. In Latvia rinks not are so many but in stores they just can heat skates, so for players it could be really interesting..

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  • April 10, 2015 at 5:58 am
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    How was being at the Molson Canadian rink?!

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  • April 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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    I thought it was a printer.

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  • April 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    hey Jeremy im a big fan of you and i wanted to say that i got to do this thing with a bunch of kids to test the sparx machine out. it was in Marlborough and i did in like december. there were people from the sparx company their and i have a shirt that says sparx. one of my friends dad was an investor in the product. honestly i have never had my skates sharpend as good as the sparx machine did.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 2:52 am
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    He's a show off ENYONE can do the moves I'm 12 and I can do all of the moves he I'd

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  • April 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm
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    jeremy can you do a video of how to pick up the puck on ice

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  • April 27, 2015 at 4:21 am
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    So basically a cheap ProSharp machine, hmm

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  • April 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm
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    Any clue how much the rings are? $599 is the retail price according to their kick starter page.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 4:05 am
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    does it do flat bottom v sharpings

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  • May 2, 2015 at 7:57 pm
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    Any updates on when it will come out again?

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  • May 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm
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    Jeremy,how can I get it,and where,give me the link,pls.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm
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    Can someone give me a link to buy this? I live in Florida and the skate sharpening is pretty spotty…

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  • May 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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    I work at NESC with a guy who has been in the NHL for around roughly 30 years. The guy knows Bobby Orr who has agreed upon this machine. Think of this nice peice of equipment like a printer. The printer is cheap but the ink isn't. That's how it is with this work of art; paying for the sharpener isn't as high as most, but the grinding wheel is where it get's costy. I believe we are getting three since we have grown our skate sharpening business over the years. Great way to catch up on skates, and they will always come out level. I actually can't wait to see how well it will work, I heard that there's no chatter, and there's no shaking from all the mechanics which is why theres such a great finish!

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  • May 25, 2015 at 4:39 am
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    How much

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  • June 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm
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    I really need this I want to know how much the wheels are though and where to get one. If anyone has a link to the website to buy one or the release date for them please reply.

    Thank you

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  • June 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm
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    When can I get one?

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  • June 29, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    Are there discs for the flat bottom V cut?

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  • October 6, 2015 at 6:11 am
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    Does this work well with goalie skates also?

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  • October 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    Why are your laces so wide

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  • November 12, 2015 at 3:30 am
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    Let's say this machine lasts 5 years, at $799 each plus $50 per stone it's about $15 a month. That's actually not bad.

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  • November 15, 2015 at 3:25 am
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    what types of ice skates are those?

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  • December 1, 2015 at 1:57 am
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    Can it sharpen flat bottom v

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  • December 5, 2015 at 7:59 pm
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    does this work for goalie skates?

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  • December 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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    Is there just one setting or can you set it to different sharpen levels like 3/8 or like 7/16

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  • December 10, 2015 at 5:06 am
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    What kind of skates are those?

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  • December 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm
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    It looks like a printer

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  • December 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm
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    Wow this is awesome. You're absolutely right about various pro shop operators not always hooking one's skates up the right way. And sparx is totally cool w/ppl having their own wheel and sharing the machine too. VERY customer friendly!

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  • January 5, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    We need one of these for the rink that I work at… No one really knows how to sharpen. Plus, our machine is ancient.

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  • January 7, 2016 at 10:34 pm
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    unless you are charging other people to use it, i dont see how this realistically pays for itself. This coming from a skate sharpener at a hockey shop..

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  • January 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm
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    So let me get this straight. The machine is $799 as advertised online. At $799, you can get 160 sharpenings at $5/each. By the time you sharpen 160 pairs of skates, you would also need to purchase 3 wheels at $50/ea. Not to mention, theres different wheels for different ROH and they are all $50. At that cost you get 224 skates professional sharpened. Airing on the high side of sharpening, if you got your skates sharpened once a week thats 52x a year. With the amount you've invested in the sharpener, it would take you over 4 years to even start saving a dime.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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    Given that the cost of the machine is $799 according to the link provided, and the rings end up costing ~$1 per sharpen, it would take about 266 sharpens for this to break even at $4 per sharpen, which is what the local shops charge per sharpen here. So if you're skating 3 times a week, and sharpening each time you go out(not recommended as far as I know), it's going to take a couple years to break even with the cost of a shop. If your local shop charges more, it'll pay for itself sooner. Likewise, if you have 4 skaters in the house like I do, it'll pay for itself much sooner as well.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 12:38 am
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    not shipping to Australia
    typical
    first the stealth bomber and now this

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  • January 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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    so each ring cost $50? or a set of ? for $50

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  • January 26, 2016 at 4:14 am
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    Imagine these things at Out door rinks for after you play, since it wears your skate down

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  • January 31, 2016 at 8:33 pm
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    Did the price go up? It's not
    $599 on the website

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  • February 4, 2016 at 5:10 pm
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    when will it come out

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  • February 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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    +Sparxhockey is this made is the usa or canada

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  • February 27, 2016 at 4:03 am
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    its hard for me to purchase something that is almost 1000$ that only has a 1 year warranty.
    maybe when more reviews come in after a year ill about it

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  • March 4, 2016 at 6:03 am
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    In the thumbnail I thought it was a printer

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  • March 19, 2016 at 1:13 am
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    Can u make a how to tape a stick vid

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  • March 20, 2016 at 3:41 am
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    My neighbor made this😝😝😝

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  • March 20, 2016 at 3:41 am
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    What a product

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  • March 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm
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    Can u do Goldie cuts

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  • March 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm
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    Do you have to buy a Certain sharpener thing for a goalie cut,

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  • March 31, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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    I don't see any option for a cross grind option to remove deep scratches in the blade.. This is a major issues as anyone playing pretty competitive hockey well get these often. Does this device have the ability to do this?

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  • May 3, 2016 at 3:04 am
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    Can you sharpen goalie skates with sparx

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  • May 3, 2016 at 3:10 am
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    Lol nvm just read that comment I am totally getting one for this Christmas

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  • May 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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    Thx for not leaving us goalies out

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  • June 8, 2016 at 2:48 am
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    I want it….. i want it now!!!! why dont i have this contraption yet?

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  • June 13, 2016 at 5:46 am
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    Will this work on figure skates? Thanks!

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  • June 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    if the unit was on the floor and the chair was big enough, just like a shoe shine you could get your skates sharpened while wearing them rink side.

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  • June 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    Ordered mine a few months back, not available till August they tell me….Bummer

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  • June 22, 2016 at 4:24 am
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    So this is the same as a traditional skate sharpen? Not the same as a FBV sharpening?

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  • July 4, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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    Price currently for one of these is $899 and the sharpening rings are $49

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  • August 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    Can it do goalie skates

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  • August 25, 2016 at 3:04 am
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    i stopped watching when i saw it sharpen heel to toe

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  • August 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    does this work with goalie skates?

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  • September 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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    Congrats on getting in the USA hockey magazine.

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  • September 25, 2016 at 12:01 am
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    900$ in case you're wondering

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  • October 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    So in the event it's not level?

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  • October 10, 2016 at 3:01 am
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    when is it coming out

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  • October 12, 2016 at 11:02 pm
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    I'm very interested in purchasing one of these. Could you tell me how the build quality of the unit seems. Just want to know if it seems like it will last or if it appears easy to repair when needed. Thanks very much

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  • October 29, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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    I have them sharpened the use the Arkansas stone when I need and edge

    With the stone I can get months without sharpening

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  • November 11, 2016 at 1:32 am
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    Can someone please give me an update on this machine? Someone who has used one for 6 months or so?

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  • November 19, 2016 at 12:05 am
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    I have one its great and easy to use.

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  • December 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm
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    My son who is 9 sharpened my skates before my men's league game. They came out better than any ice rink has ever sharpened my skates.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm
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    My teammate bought one of these a few weeks ago, I tried it with him and his brother. We loved how fast it worked and it looked like it came out great after it was done. Then it was time to get on the ice, we lost so many edges and took a lot of spills. I have reached out via email to spark since I can't find a number to call and am waiting response to see what we need to do for next steps on the machine to fix our problem.

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  • January 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm
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    I bought 2 so I could sharpen both skates at the same time

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  • January 18, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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    I'm gonna get one of those

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  • February 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm
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    So theres a chip in the stone so they can sell expensive wheels that turn useless after a while. Why not just make the machine detect the length left in the stone so not every single one would need a microchip. Did that make any sense?

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  • February 10, 2017 at 2:51 am
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    how can you use skate lube with the machine

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  • February 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm
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    The only thing missing with this pos machine is Sham Wow………………………..

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  • April 4, 2017 at 10:20 am
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    I actually just received my Sparx Sharpener
    I'm having a hard time with the alignment
    I look through the eye glass and it is lined up pretty even but my blade edges are still a little
    bit uneven only by a line or so on the edge checker I skated on them after I sharpened them and really couldn't tell the blades were a bit off I do like the sharpening it provides but when you pay a good buck for the machine you want to make sure the edges are perfectly even I did mess with the alignment about 3 times now trying to get even edges but every time there still off by a little bit I wish the line would go straight across left to right when you look through the eye glass.

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  • April 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm
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    Can you blade profile with this machine?

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  • May 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Does this work with goalie skates?

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  • May 7, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    I play a lot of hockey would it be worth the $799 any advice ?

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  • September 13, 2017 at 12:45 am
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    How does it do profiles?

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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    Are these compatible with step black steel?

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  • October 5, 2017 at 12:44 am
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    I would want to meet you because kids at make fun of me because I like hockey

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  • November 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm
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    The hockey store near me only charges 3 dollars for a skate sharpen. So yeah buying that is kind of a waste of money for me

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  • December 4, 2017 at 9:52 pm
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    We have this at our house it is amazing!

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  • January 13, 2018 at 5:42 pm
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    Seems like a lot of unneeded technology in this thing just ment to make it more expensive.

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  • December 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    cant afford this skate saving machine ):
    is there a cheaper alt?

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  • February 19, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    Can this sharpen figure skate as well? Will toe pick get in the way?

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  • March 8, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    my friend has one and i bring him my skates and he does it in 5 min and I give him $10, which is less than the local store and it's always consistent. He also pics up and delivers. Our local store is open here and there and sometimes you get a kid who doesn't know what he's doing. This machine was a brilliant idea.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 2:02 am
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    Can it do a Flat Bottom V?

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  • March 28, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    How do u change the settings? My goalie blades are 3.9"

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  • March 30, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    What about figure skates?

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  • May 8, 2019 at 4:07 am
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    What's this all aboot?

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  • July 1, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Hey Jeremy, in case you didn't figure this out yet – you are loading your skate in the wrong direction. 

    The front/toe of the boot should face the RIGHT. The original manual is wrong, the supplemental manual has the correct info in it BTW (but hopefully the proper manual shipping with these have been updated). If you watch the official Sparx videos they load the skate with the toe pointing to the right.

    Figured it was worth mentioning if anyone is looking into buying one (assuming you figured this out by now). I bought one two years ago, yeah they are incredibly… love love love it.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm
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    You set skate backwards 🙂

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