|Review by Greg Wurst||posted 11-23-2008 01:56 AM||11475 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Like many, I’ve looked at wet grinders (in particular the Tormek’s) for some time hoping to make sharpening an easier and more productive endeavor. I’ve tried using diamond sharpening stones with limited success. My chisels were sharper, but still not as sharp as I thought they should be. I’d see people cutting these fine shavings and I was essentially working with blunt instruments.
The biggest sticking point for me (any most other people) is the high price, especially for the Tormek. The T7 costs almost $600, and the smaller T3 just didn’t look as sturdy to me and still cost $340. This price doesn’t even include some of the accessory jigs you might want, which themselves are very expensive (the planer knife jig itself is $165!). I read the reviews for the Tormek and some of the other more affordable wet sharpeners (Jet, Grizzley), and while the other machines are cheaper the results just weren’t as good as the Tormek. If I couldn’t have a Tormek, I figured I’d just do without.
So, I open the latest Rockler ad and what do I see but a big Tormek on sale for $300!
It’s the Supergrind 2006 (although it says 2000 on the machine for some reason), and it appears to be the model previous to the T7. It has the metal case and the big wheel and comes with the edge grinding jig. Unlike the T7 it does not include the stone grader or truing tool, but they can be bought for a lot less than $280 more!
This is a quality built machine. The hardcover book is excellent and covers all their jigs and their operation. I haven’t looked at the DVD yet because the book had everything I needed. I got out a set of my chisels and ran them through the machine. I have never had a tool this sharp in my life! The edges have a mirror finish and I was able to cut myself easily just touching the edge. Needless to say, I’m impressed. It’s a lot of money to spend, but I think it’s worth it to finally have sharp cutting tools.
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