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09-18-2011 12:47 AM

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Hello everyone,
I am going out on a limb here. I have been looking at getting a water grinder like the Tormek #7. I was also looking at the grizzly one while visiting the store here in PA.

Question: Does the tormek jigs fit the tormek???

Has anyone did any comparisons on the two?

How do the stones hold up and how do they sharped chisels?

The last question is two in one sentence, but i had to mess up somewhere. Hell man, I am a woodworker???

Thanks in advance for any help.

Part 2

Is there anyone out there that lives close to Felton, PA that has a lathe with a 14” swing? I need a few stool seats turned that are 14” in diameter.


-- Humble Wood Servant

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 01:16 AM

No clue, I like my Worksharp!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 01:48 AM

The jigs are exactly the same, the stones hold up well, and they dso sharpen chisels and plane irons well. That’s what they are for. Watch that two questions in one sentence stuff. Woodworkers are held to a higher standard, you know.

I have a wet sharpener, but I much prefer sandpaper and a single roller sharpening jig.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 11:32 AM

The Jet accessories fit the Tormek. It is a great system, but pricy. I can shave with my axes. The strop wheel is excellent.

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 10:31 PM

I have the grizzly wet sharpener and ALL tormek accessories. They work perfectly, it is the ideal solution in my opinion. I’ve also added the Tormek angled stropping wheels for carving tools and they work perfectly as well. Good luck with you choice.

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 04:37 AM

I own the Tormek T7 and have been extremely happy with it. I know it’s pricey, but I firmly believe you get what you pay for. I’m not rich by any stretch of the word. I’m sure some folks are tired of my postings about buying my tools with coffee money so I’ll spare them the story once again.

But with my T7, my chisels are right on the money, perfectly sharp. I sharpen my lathe knives perfectly along with household items (scissors, expensive kitchen knives etc.), carving tools, even planner blades and jointer knives. All the jigs are expensive but work perfectly. Take the jointer – planner knives jig – very expensive. There are many warnings out there not to sharpen your own knives, but I did it successfully on my Dad’s old tools I inherited. My brother had them in his basement for years and both tools were in rough shape. I worked the machines over to perfection. I could have bought new knives for half the price but I’ll break even next time. I’ve even sharpened a set for a friend and turned down a payment offer. Yes, I could make $ with my T7, but I’m a woodworker.

There is a Tormek group on the Yahoo site that has lots of info and comparisons if you want to visit it. What it boils down too is the quality of the machines. Some warble a bit. Some don’t have the steady power for an even grind. Some don’t last. Some are problematic. Yes, the T7 is expensive. But I’m glad I made the lifetime investment and one of my 4 sons will enjoy it after I go! That I’m certain!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 05:04 PM

I own the older Tormek, T2000. I love it and use it regularly! Now, does it do everything? No. It doesn’t do blade backs all that well; and short blades are back to “free hand” style with the small tool jig. But, the Tormek system really works. It has allowed me to get consistent, repeatable—really sharp—bevel edges for the last five years. I’ve finally learned how to freehand sharpen on stones, so I’m using ceramic water stones (Sigma Power stones rule!!!!) to flatten blade backs. Plus, I take the Tormek edges way beyond the 6000ish finish from the leather strop to new plateaus of sharpness! The Tormek is worth every penny I paid. If I lost mine today, I’d be buying another once I scraped the funds together!

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 12:18 PM

Thanks for the input. I am about to build a building and am trying to get some of the things I do not have but either I will rent out two- three spaces for furniture makers of have a small school. I will have to start out with saving money and hopefully be able to buy a Tormek in the future. One chair will cover the price. Anyway, thanks again for all the support and honest opinions.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 04:36 PM

I have the Makita. Had it for years, and it does anything I need. Simple, less expensive, and versatile.


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#9 posted 09-28-2011 04:43 PM

I have the scheppach wet grinder which is the same as the grizzly 8” (smaller) wet grinder. it works great for me and the chisels come out of it razor sharp. I have been using sandpaper prior and this produces to me much finer results.

how the grizzly and the tormek compare?:
1. the tormek stone is higher quality and will last for a longer time.
2. the motor on the tormek is heavier duty and will run longer and cooler and last longer as well

basically the tormek was designed to be used heavily (think sharpening services) whereas the grizzly is aimed at the once-in-a-while use

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