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Review by knotscott posted 03-21-2009 06:48 PM 5561 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once I acquired some functional chisels, and a fleet of hand planes, I needed an easy and effective method to keep a good edge on all of them. I initially bought a little jig that held the blades at a set angle and allowed me to work the blade back and forth across an abrasive surface…it worked ok but took a fair amount of time. I also bought a small Delta Utility Sharpener that didn’t work quite as well, but was a little faster. When the Scheppach Tiger 2000 went on sale for near $100 with free shipping, I couldn’t resist.

The Tiger 2000 is a wet/dry slow speed blue aluminum oxide grinding wheel type system that has an 8” x 2” wheel and a leather honing wheel. The system includes a tool rest, a blade holder, angle gauge, water tray, and a polishing compound for the leather wheel. It’s eerily similar to the Harbor Freight unit, but has a metal housing and a more palatable color scheme! ;-) This type of system is a smaller version of the Tormek and Jet 10” systems. One benefit of the grinding wheel systems is that they leave a hollow grind on the bevel which is desirable to many users.

The system is simple and intuitive to use. You flatten the back edge, mount up a plane blade or chisel in the holde, and adjust to the appropriate angle and create a bevel. Within a few minutes you’ll have a decent edge that’s actually fairly sharp, but it’s the honing wheel that turns it into a shiny razor! I’ve used it both dry and wet. The process does create some dust when dry, or messy water when using the quenching tray. A diamond dressing tool keeps the wheel true and fresh.

I’m not sure how this compares to the Tormek, Jet, Grizzly 10” systems, and have never used the Worksharp system, but it’s effective, simple, and reasonably priced.

(currently on sale at Woodcraft for $119.99 as of 3/21/09)

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#1 posted 03-21-2009 08:47 PM

Thanks for the review. I’m still sharpening by hand, but I have a hard time with some of the chisels I have to keep the angle constant.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 01:44 AM

knot,
good review. i’m still debating on which brand to purchase and i’m reasonably sure it won’t be a $400 model. i think i’m getting a little jealous. seems your getting a new tool everyday. i like the way you do business….
mike

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 02:28 AM

Hi Mike – Nah, very few new tools….just new reviews on this site!

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#4 posted 02-12-2010 04:43 PM

knot,

Say, you mentioned that you used a Delta utility sharpener for awhile. How slow or fast would one of those be if it were just used to restore the hollow grind on tools? I have been thinking of using a high speed grinder for metal hogging and starting the hollow grind, and then a utility sharpener for the part of the hollow grind that’s near the vulnerable tip of the blade.

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#5 posted 02-12-2010 06:26 PM

Seems like a really good price

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 01:30 AM

I suppose the utility sharpener would work OK for restoring a bevel, but it’ll likely be a little slow, and not overly precise. My Delta was on sale for $20, and I wouldn’t suggest sinking any more than that into one….it’s just not a great tool IMO.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 01:49 AM

If this works as well as a Tormek it is really a good deal

-- Walt, Ohio

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 09:28 PM

Hi Walt – I’ve never used the Tormek so I can’t comment on how it compares directly. The principle is nearly the same, but the wheel is 8” vs 10” so it leaves a tighter hollow grind. The Tormek accessories do fit the Scheppach. It’s more similar to the Griz 8” and the HF 8”.

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