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Forum topic by toddbeaulieu posted 09-14-2015 05:13 PM 729 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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toddbeaulieu

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09-14-2015 05:13 PM

I’m coming down with the bug for the T7 and jigs. It’s surprising that I can’t find ANY used units for sale. It looks like I’m going to have suck it up and fork over what they want. yikes.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-14-2015 06:33 PM

Be patient, there will be one show up. Also, if you can find a used Jet clone it is also a nice unit, and should be a lot cheaper than the Tormek. The Jet jigs don’t come close to being as good, but the grinder itself is. Even the older Tormeks are good units, mine is one of the first models and does great.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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toddbeaulieu

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 06:44 PM

I have a guy two towns over with the jet for $200 or bo. He’s got a few jigs. I read some crappy reviews and got scared, thinking I should just go for it and get it over with. As someone once posted here … cry once or cry every time I use it.

The Jet looks like new in the photos.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 06:55 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3829

The DBS-22 drill bit sharpener is worth every cent, after reading Dan Kragers’

great review I got one and the results were amazing.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 06:57 PM

Look at the Makita horizontal sharpener. I’ve had one for almost 15 years, and it does all I’ve ever needed.
I do not sharpen drill bits with the Makita.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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toddbeaulieu

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 06:42 PM

I ended up buying the Jet. It’s in good condition. I got some jigs with it. Gotta watch the DVD to see how to use the sucker.

I suspect that I’ll someday have the Tormek and can unload this, but decided to start with this because I need other tools right now for getting started with turning.

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 09-15-2015 07:36 PM

It has some advantages over the older Tormek’s, although they improved the new ones using some of the same ideas (like the water tray). The water tray is better, and the variable speed is great. I have both (my Tormek is a very old one) and like the Jet better. Looks like you got the optional tray under it as well, some folks like it…me; not so much. I think it will work out well, but if you need additional jigs, spend the money on the Tormek ones. Your wheel looks like it has no wear on it at all….good deal. Did you get the stone grader with it?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 07:36 PM

Nice Jet sharpener Todd, looks like it came with the V groove leather

honing wheel.

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toddbeaulieu

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#8 posted 09-15-2015 07:40 PM

I did get the dressing stone and a number of jigs. Most of the jigs were brand new, some still in the packaging. We went 50% retail on the jigs. Can’t remember everything, but gouge, wide plan camber (not even sure what they mean by “camber”), extension, side grinding jig, diamond dressing/reshaping jig, a couple others. Just tried to watch the DVD and it crashed my display driver. Blue screen. :( will watch at home tonight.

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 07:52 PM

“diamond dressing/reshaping jig”

Very good and important ^

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