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Forum topic by MikeGraw posted 01-02-2016 05:39 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2016 05:39 AM

Looking for some help and opinions.

Currently I have the Grizzly 8 inch wet grinder and it does a fairly decent job for what i can do with it. I have started turning more and have purchased some of the Tormek jigs to use with it. I am limited to only a couple of the jigs though due to the way the unit is designed.

I am considering upgrading to a Tormek unit. I was wondering if any of you use it and what you think of it.

I was thinking about a Wolverine type system but decided I really like the ability to do all my sharpening on one unit like the wet grinder. I like my grizzly unit just not the limitations.

Any input and advice is appreciated.

Mike g

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#1 posted 01-02-2016 06:20 AM

Not sure what “limitations” you are talking about with the 8” Grizzly. I have the 10” Grizzly and use many of the Tormek jigs. I think the only one that won’t work is the one for planer/jointer blades. The SVD-185 for gouges is awesome. No way would I buy a Tormek over the 10” Grizzly. Not that its perfect, but the Tormek isn’t $300-400 better. While I have a dry grinder, and use it with the Tormek jigs, I use it for shaping turning tools. Final sharpening/resharpening on the Grizzly because it works slower and saves metal. I don’t use the wet grinder any more for plane blades or chisels – too slow for primary bevels, and a honed coarsely scratched edge doesn’t last long. Here is how a hone them.

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 01:37 PM

I was looking at the 10 inch Grisly online last night. It appears to be designed more like the Tormek.

The 8 inch had a plastic body and the holes for the horizontal support stick out about an inch or so beyond the wheel. The plastic body had a high rounded body so there isn’t any way to attach a different style support either. The vertical support is a little better but I don’t want to sharpen some of my stuff toward tree spinning wheel.

I read your other post about honing your plane blades. It sounds somewhat similar to what i have been doing with sandpaper for a few years. You are right about the paper wearing out quickly. The water stones I have work good also but dish out so much and so quickly. It often felt like I was spending more time flattening stones than sharpening.

With with of those two methods I would get my tools super sharp with a mirrored edge. The biggest problem with those methods was inconsistency. I used high quality jigs with the blades that had their own attached setting guide that was to give consistent results. I would check with my 2 inch square to be sure it was square in the jig which it was. Then instead of a quick touch up I would have to reshape the whole bevels due to the jig not being true.

There has not been that problem with the wet grinder and the tools all are as sharp and hold an edge as long or longer than they did before. It is also a LOT quicker.

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