Agree. My kid complains anytime I get a sharpening somewhere besides Foxboro Sports Center.
OP asked for recommendations for hands-on skate sharpener and the discussion turns into a ProSharp advertising string. So for hands-on, the guy at South Shore Sports Consignment in Wareham is excellent (but that isn't exactly South Shore). And just to have balanced views on machines, our SPARX machine is going on its third season of use. The machine has been reliable and does a consistent quality sharpening every time, and it is really convenient. No need for a "Tastes Great", "Less Filling" debate on sharpening machines.
This guy, that guy, this grind, that grind, that shop, this shop....
This I will say (without shamelessly plugging any person, shop or brand), THE BEST MONEY EVER SPENT in youth hockey is to immediately ditch the soft crappy steel blades the skates come with and install a set of the shiny or now black superior quality steel blades. Hands down. Skates hold an edge much longer, and last longer because they don't get ground down to a nub and require far less sharpenings thus paying for themselves in about 3 months. Every kid should skate on better steel blades but I think the pro shops don't like them not only because they require less sharpening but they are also harder on their sharpening wheels.
Bought a Wissotta a few years ago and have never looked back. Have 4 skaters at home and paid for itself in the first year. Never have to run out because forgot to get them sharpened to find the local place is closed. Perfect sharpening every time. If it's not, its my own fault. Best thing is I don't have to rely on the guy at the shop doing it, wondering if they dressed the stone, and paying for a less than perfect job.
100 sharpe st
Gary rents space of to side
Bruins flag up when he is in
Second recommending Gary in Hingham. His hours are tough sometimes but my son won't go anywhere else unless absolutely necessary. He knows his stuff. Not chancing getting some random kid with little experience running the skate sharpening machine. We've always gone with the 90/75 edge...costs $1 more but my son really likes it. We also switched to Step Steel blades after he broke 2 sets of blades within a week. Have found them to be well worth the extra $. More durable and don't require sharpening as much. Gives him a bit more height on the ice as well. Gary says they are a "pleasure" to sharpen as he can see a huge difference in the steel quality.
Foxboro Sports center is by far the best!!! Ask for Bishop!!
Bridgewater is really good ask for Greg aka the wizard he takes pride in his work.
Wissotta machine is great. More than paid for itself over the years. No more "dad my skates need sharpenging" late on a Friday with and early Sat game.
Bought my own BladeMaster (used on Craigslist) when I first put up a home rink, 7 years ago.
Have never waited in a line to sharpen skates in those 7 years. Best investment I have ever made.
I hear the "New" machines at Pure are pretty good but hey, I am still not waiting in lines, just have to head to the garage when my son needs a sharpening.
No Icing in Hudson, NH does a ton of stuff through the mail. Maybe more hassle than it's worth considering it sounds like you have some good options close by, but radius, sharpening, you name it. The guy does a fantastic job.
I went to No Icing for years. The guy at pilgrim is just as good
Charlie Jackson’s Weymouth
Question for those who switch out the blades, did you get backup blades or just use the cheaper blades as a backup? (Or would player not notice the difference for a short-term fix?)
Player would notice the difference if a decent skater. I use step steel and it has a much sharper bite than the steel Bauer uses. In my opinion match the steel with the backup blades.
I switched out the stock runners immediately on my son's for step. Best to match the steel. If the skates have quick release rotate pairs. They will always be close to equal and there won't be a difference.
Pure hockey now has Prosharp in several branches including Braintree one. They can do a z channel. My son find their work comparable to no icing sports’s job. I would still do Profiling at no icing though. Following people’s discussion, our impression is step steel + profiling has more impact on skating than choice of z or ROH style sharpening.
Bridgewater rink only does FBV sharpening and does profiles with prosharp
Agree with previous posting - dump the stock steel in the skates. Crazy how you buy $200 - $300 pair of skates and the most important part is garbage $20 blades.
SPARX ... worth every penny and same sharpening everytime. even we went back to the Bauer store, same guy ... he didn't sharpen the same way ... multiple people use that machine, adjustments constantly.
bought the SPARX and never complained again. i heard ProShop is pretty good and Pure Hockey is now using it instead of humans. LOL ... robots rule!