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Buying Into the Sparx Technology; Sparx vs Vending Machines

With any new technology, it takes a bit for people to buy into idea. It took a bit of convincing, and still does to this day, to have people drop the craft and art of skate sharpening and pickup a new automated technology. Especially, when history wasn't so kind to us with past automated skate sharpeners.

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The Origin Story of Flat Bottom Profiles and the Development of the FIRE Grinding Ring

Flatbottom profiles have a long and storied history from Redmond in 1983 to our current FIRE grinding ring. Founder/CEO Russ Layton lays out the developments and discoveries leading to our current FIRE ring. He also shares his thoughts on what it's like to skate on a flat bottom profile. 

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Maintaining Your Sparx Sharpener for Best Results

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton gives a detailed rundown on best maintence tips for your Sparx machine. Tips include: clearing the dust tray, vaccumming the machine, replacing the filter and many more. Following these tips will ensure you the best possible results from the Sparx Skate Sharpener. 

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Tips for Deburring Skates and Why It's Necessary

After a few questions and comments regarding deburring, Founder/ CEO Russ Layton takes a few minutes to explain why you need to deburr your skates and how to deburr your skates, all while sharing a few tips and tricks picked up from NHL equipment managers. 

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Making Skate Sharpening Part Of Your Pre-Skate Routine

Ever wonder what it would like to have perfect skate edges every single time you take the ice? Imagine if you could sharpen your skates in the same amount of time it takes to pack up your hockey bag? Sparx Hockey Founder & CEO Russ Layton shares his pre-skate routine and how easy and quick it is to make skate sharpening part of every time you get ready to play. If sharpening on Sparx is not part of your routine, you're missing out on some major, major benefits.  

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The Discovery That Led to Perfect Edges

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton shares the discovery and the process, that led to Sparx delivering perfect, even edges everytime you sharpen your skates. 

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Future of Sparx: Global Distribution and New Grinding Rings

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton lays out the future plans for Sparx including when customers can expect new grinding rings and when Sparx is going global. 

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Starting Sparx Hockey and Success on Kickstarter

Founder/ CEO Russ Layton describes the story on starting Sparx and how Sparx was able to be successful on Kickstarter and how crucial it was in bringing Sparx to market, by raising the money and generating the buzz. 

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Why We Built The Sparx Edge Checker

Today Sparx launched a new product; one we’ve been talking about for a while, one we’ve been testing with NHL equipment managers and other professional skate sharpeners, and one we know many, many Sparx customers have been waiting for for a long time now.

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3 Skate Sharpening Insights from Hanging Out With The Pros

Back in June, we had the opportunity to bring Sparx in front of arguably the toughest audience imaginable; The Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers, or SPHEM.
For us, this was both a milestone; as we were able to showcase our product for NHL equipment managers, and an introduction into their somewhat mysterious profession.

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