|Review by Eric_S||posted 04-01-2010 04:31 PM||5005 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
So I just got the WS3000 this weekend and had a chance to play around with it. This thing is amazing, I have been rehoning all my chisels and plane irons less than 2” in assembly line fashion (all backs at 120 grit, then bevels, then all backs at 400 grit, then bevels, and so on). This thing is amazing, super easy to use, and very quick compared to the manual Scary Sharp method.
Now onto the wide blade attachment that I purchased for my 2 3/8” plane iron at $69.99
The angle guide and honing guide the blade sits in are top notch and very easy to use. The wide blade attachment is also very well constructed, I think the top is cast iron but I could be wrong, It may be steel or aluminum. To use the angle guide to set the honing guide, you face the honing guide in the correct direction(white side forward for angles less than 30 and orange side foward for angles up to 60 degrees). Then you just slide the blade up until it touches the arrow at the appropriate angle. You can also hone a 1 degree micro bevel after by turning the arrow clip around. The actual wide blade attachment however out of the box sucks! At least the one I purchased and I’ve read similar things. Here is my issue with it, and a possible workaround I’m going to try this weekend and post an update:
In order for the wide blade attachment to sharpen correctly, it must be perfectly level with the top of the disc. Since each grit changes thickness, you have to adjust the 4 levelers with the including allen wrench when switching grits. This alone isn’t that much of a deal and doesn’t take too long to get perfectly level, although adjusting one screw causes the angle of the top to adjust slightly so it takes a little tweaking but after the initial level, should only take a couple small turns per grit to adjust back and forth.
The real problem however comes in the way the attachment attaches to the WorkSharp 3000. First you slide the attachment into two grooves on the WS3000, tap it down with a mallet, and then tighten these bolts before adjusting the levelers. And those two bolts are where the issue comes in. No matter what I tried, it sits slightly higher than the disc (with sandpaper on both sides) at its lowest setting(all the levelers tucked away fully). The reason is there is a little lip at the edge of where it sits that keeps it a bit too high, also the groove it locks into has a stop that might be too high as well. From what I’ve read, you can insert a tiny lock washer between the groove and nut to push the attachment away from the lip causing it to sit slightly lower. The idea I had though I think will be an easier solution but we’ll see. Instead of messing with the attachment, just insert a washer onto the arbor that the glass disc sits on raising the wheel up slightly. Then all you should have to do in theory is adjust the levelness of the attachment.
out of the box though, I could not get the damn thing level with the discs which meant my angles were off when I tried to use the honing guide and the backs weren’t even getting touched by the plate.
I gave this 3 stars because if all it requires to fix this issue is a 5 cent washer then I must say this is a great product but they should include the washer. I’ll be sure to update when I find out and also contact worksharp. But strictly out of the box, I cannot recommend this. You might be better off honing by hand on the disc for blades greater than 2”.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN