Monday, October 24, 2011

Sharpening a Hoof Rasp

Ok everyone so on the recommendation from another barefoot trimmer I tried out a new hoof rasp. So I picked up a Mercury Hoof Rasp. My first impression was “wow this rasp is really sharp”! It quickly has become my favorite rasp. This has been the longest lasting rasp I have used to date. I got 35 horses out of this rasp without having to go to another. That being said I was sad when it stopped performing the way it should. 

This lead me to start to think about how I can get more horses out of a single rasp. So I did some research and read about two methods on how to sharpen a rasp. First method was to sharpen it on a buffing wheel with a buffing compound. The other method was to immerse the rasp in muriatic acid for 24 hours. As I do not have buffing wheel I figured I’d give the acid bath a try.

This was my first attempt so please do not go by what I have done since this was an expirement. Acid is extremely dangerous so please if you are going to try any of this, do it at your own risk and use the proper personal protective gear. 

Items needed 1 gallon of muriatic acid
Sand or small rock
Small bucket
A container to hold the acid and rasp
Warm soap and water
WD-40
Chemical resistant gloves.
Safety Glasses

Here is the process I used

I cut the top off a tall 1.5 liter Poland Springs water bottle. I placed the bottle in a small bucket and surrounded it with sand. I did this just to stabilize it. I then poured enough muriatic acid so it would cover almost all the rasp. The rasp was then inserted into the acid. I let it soak for about 24 hours. Once this was done I washed the rasp off with warm soap and water. Then sprayed a good about of WD-40 on it to keep it from rusting.

I waited till the next morning to give a shot. The rasp was performing again! Nice clean cuts and shavings were flying around. I would not say it was as sharp as new but I would think I will get another week or two out of it. Well Well worth the time and little money! Great way for a farrier or barefoot trimmer to bring life back to a few of their older dull hoof rasps.

5 comments:

  1. Where does one aquire muriatic acid? How do you treat a rasp after a trimming? Do you spray with WD-40 after each use? How do you store them in between uses?
    Carla

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    1. Carla

      Muriatic acid can be found in most hardware stores. It's used to clean cement floors. If I use this meathod of sharpening I will normally spray it quickly and give it a wipe down after each use. I did this more when I was first starting out to get the most life out of my rasps. Now I just do it to a few to keep a few extra on hand just in case. We have three vehicles between my fiancé and I. Having basic trimming supplies in each car has been useful more than once. After Trimming I normally keep them stored just on my shoeing box. But if I want them protected I can put them back in the cardboard they came in. Also another fun method I have seen was old cut to length fire hose the 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 stuff. It was good to
      Try it and see how it worked, and honestly saved my butt a few weekends when I ran short on rasps!!

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    2. Try Boggs Tool Sharpening services: Abrasive blasting under steam pressure. You will be amazed or your money back. $5.00 for a 14" hoof rasp. Check out their website: www.boggstool.com
      Thousands of trimmers and farriers have been using their services for years. (Since 1932, to be exact!)

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  2. Try Boggs Tool Sharpening services: Abrasive blasting under steam pressure. You will be amazed or your money back. $5.00 for a 14" hoof rasp. Check out their website: www.boggstool.com
    Thousands of trimmers and farriers have been using their services for years. (Since 1932, to be exact!)

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    1. Here, here! Beats acid any day of the week!

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