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#1 posted 07-07-2016 07:24 PM

I think the most important thing to consider in your new purchase is “why is my craftsman not good enough?”. Whatever your reasons for wanting to buy a new lathe should most likely be your driving points in deciding on which one to buy. Just something to think about…

IMHO, a standard grinder with quality wheels and some shop-made jigs are all that’s needed for sharpening. Lots of folks swear by the wolverine jigs and 8” slow speed grinders. Personally, I prefer to spend that money on other things and there are lots of shop-made jigs online you can “borrow” the design from. Whatever grinder you use though, don’t make the wheels the place where you save some $.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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