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Forum topic by UncleBen posted 09-17-2007 10:36 PM 6000 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2007 10:36 PM

I came across a 4 1/2” slow grinder for sharpening at Lowes that I thought looked pretty good for the price. The wheel is about 1 1/2” wide on the grinding edge, and it spins at 170rpm according to the specs. The included wheel is 150 grit, and there is a water tank of sorts to keep it cool. It is reversable and has two adjustable tool rests. This is “Task Force”, which I think is a Lowes brand. It has a one year warranty.

So what do you think of this for $32?

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#1 posted 09-17-2007 11:55 PM

It depends what tools you want to sharpen with it! If you are going to sharpen Chisels, Plane Blades, Gouges, Skews – Then the wheel is too small. It is recomended that you use a wheel of 8” to 10” diameter. The smaller diameer wheel will give to much of a “hollow”

As for 150grain, this is a very course grind – normally for high quality grinding and perfect edges you need to be thinking in the range of 800 grain to 1200 grain, even then you will need to polish/hone the finished edge.

I guess it would be ok for grinding an axe or two!

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#2 posted 09-18-2007 12:01 AM

I agree with Tony. Axe, lawn mower blade, and other tools of that sort.

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#3 posted 09-18-2007 12:02 AM

I see your point about too much hollow, so that’s probably a deal-breaker. I’d be using it mostly for plane irons and chisels. As far as the wheel grit, this would be mostly to establish a bevel and/or repair and edge to get it ready for sharpening on waterstones.

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#4 posted 09-18-2007 12:11 AM

Have you tried scary sharp? (sandpaper on glass). If your sold on using a machine, I belive Worksharp has a $99 version out.

http://www.worksharptools.com/

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#5 posted 09-18-2007 11:36 AM

If you want the Ultimate sharpening system which will sharpen everything in your shop then look at the Tormek (http://www.tormek.us/)

YES it is expensive, yes there are a lot of jigs to buy (only when/if you need them) but it gives you repeatable grinding and honing every time, I have even sharpened 36” planer blades usung the system.

I ground all of my chisels and plane blades last year using the tormek, also polishing and honing the blades. I have not had to regrind them since – I just re-hone them on the Tormek (about 15 seconds each) and they get used every day.

What ever you do good luck – always buy the best quality tool for the job, even if you have to wait a little – it will last you a life time or more. It is better to have a half dozen good tools than 100 shitty tools, you will better and safer.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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#6 posted 09-18-2007 02:08 PM

Tony is right the Tormek is great, I bought the Jet Knock off and while it is expensive it has made my life (as far as sharpening goes) much better. To bad it wont fix my love for eating good food, I wont even get into my affairs with wine :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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