I was at a rockler store this past week and the mngr put a Tormek t3 on the clearance table for $99..
I picked it up and ran to the check stand. Like so many of us I need serious help with sharpening, and hope(d) this would be my answer.
Here’s the rub… This thing has all the normal Tormek goodies/possibilities, but man is it built CHEAP. My main concern is the instability of the tool rest arms. They are set into plastic tubes that flexes under very slight pressure, this basically renders the thing useless. (in fact the new t4 is the same machine with the addition of a cast top that resolves this issue)
So I have two choices that I’m hoping you guys can help with.
1 return it and move on, or,
2 come up with a good modification to fix the stability issue. Google search comes up empty for a work around.
So far the only thought I have is to reinforce the top with plywood ….
Thanks for any ideas or advice
Here are a couple pics demonstrating the issue/difference.
-- Jeff, eastern Wa