|Forum topic by coloradoclimber||posted 10-09-2007 06:17 AM||12387 views||0 times favorited||29 replies|
10-09-2007 06:17 AM
Well I’ve pretty much convinced myself I want (see, I didn’t say need, I’m learning) I want a Tormek wet grinder.
I’ve sharpened everything from kitchen knives to woodworking tools to axes and everything in between by hand my whole life. It’s to the point now it takes me at least a full weekend day to go through the knives and tools I use on a regular basis, that’s not getting to the tools I only use once in a while. So I’m tired of that, it’s time to look for a machine to help me out. After reading all the positive reviews of the worksharp I tried one. It worked pretty well but I felt it was a bit under powered for what I wanted. So I took it back and I’m still looking.
I’ve been reading the reviews and the Tormek seems to be the cadillac. It’s dang sure priced like a cadillac. But every review, without exception, has gushed over with praise for it.
Jet has a very similar grinder, at a bit lower price, but the reviews have been a bit mixed on it. Neither one is cheap, so given the amount of money they cost I figure I might as well go with the top of the line, regret spending the money once, then be happy from then on.
I did a search here on Lumberjocks and didnt find any reviews or comments, so now I’m asking. Anyone out there own or use a Tormek grinder, any thoughts or things I should be aware of?
Tormek prices are pretty much identical anywhere you look, online or brick and mortar. Apparently Tormek engages in a bit of price fixing through it’s vendors. That’s probably part of how they keep their exorbitant price in place. I was going to buy through Woodcraft but it’s not stocked anywhere in Colorado. The next place that caught my eye was TheBestThings.com. Anyone ever buy from them? Any problems?
If not through them then Amazon sells it for the same price, as does half a dozen other places.