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09-01-2012 02:09 AM

Is the worksharp 2000 worth $99 or should I suck it up and spend the bucks for the 3000? I don’t do all that much sharpening Don’t want to over-buy but don’t want to spend money and wish I had upgraded

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill


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#1 posted 09-01-2012 02:27 AM

hi gary

i got the 3000

more options

and stumpy did an upgrade for it here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU9WecxUFfw

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#2 posted 09-01-2012 02:32 AM

I have the WS 3000 also, easy to use, works well. I dont know, off the top of my head the difference in the two. I think I pd $75 new from HD on some sort of web special. What is retail now?

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#3 posted 09-01-2012 07:18 AM

Don’t try and buy one in Australia… no change from 600 bucks…. pay the small difference for the 3000 … it is worth it… I got mine wholesale for 450… woo hoo…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 02:27 PM

I got the WS3000 with the table attachment (wide blade attachment). I sharpen all my blades and chisels on top with 2 different honing guides. The guide that came with the wide blade attachment for chisels and the Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide for plane blades. I did this to use up the entire area of the sandpaper. Sharpening from underneath leaves areas of the sandpaper untouched. I rarely sharpen on the bottom side of the wheel.

But yes, get the WS3000 if you go with Work Sharp.

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#5 posted 09-01-2012 02:33 PM

worth the difference go with the 3000 I bought extra glass disc to make it easier to go through the grits.

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#6 posted 09-01-2012 02:58 PM

Thanks for the info. Guess I’ll get the 3000
DANG Larry, 199.00 here Maybe better if I find a sale

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 09-01-2012 03:41 PM

I love my HD $65 Worksharp 3000 special! Definitely get the wide blade attachment for it if you do.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#8 posted 09-01-2012 04:34 PM

Jay, where did you find a WS 3000 for $65? I see that you’re local to me, thought I might try my luck.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#9 posted 09-01-2012 06:47 PM

yeah..I am looking for that $75 special also. sure beats $199

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#10 posted 09-01-2012 07:14 PM

LOL…story time…

...a couple of years ago, rumor started circulating here on LJs that Home Depot on-line was clearancing some Worksharp 3000s for around $65, if memory serves.

Many of us here, as eager buyers, went on-line to make the purchase, forking over our money at what was certainly a rumor turned “miracle.” After one day and a MASSIVE number of purchases, most of which came from people right here at LJs, Home Depot sent emails saying that they oversold the units and that people would be getting refunded. And certainly, most of us did.

A massive email campaign, the likes of which has never been seen in the Internet world, spread like wildfire to the customer service people at Home Depot expressing a combination of anger and sorrow at the whole deal. Feeling like jilted ex-lovers and as angry as kids with Christmas coal in our stockings, we were most certainly justified in our complaint and our further threats to never, ever shop in a big orange, boxy looking store again.

But what nobody realized is that Home Depot is an honorable company – or they got a lot of calls from frightened Big Lots, Payless Shoes, and Orange Julius employees – and despite their mistake, they sent an email the next week to the people holding all of that Christmas coal that, yes indeed, Home Depot would find a way to honor their original offer…we just had to call customer service to get our orders reinstated.

So despite the fact that we almost single-handedly put Home Depot out of business, many LJs rejoiced when they received their bargain Worksharp 3000 a few weeks later.

Everyday I tell my son and daughters that whining and crying doesn’t pay off…that is unless you are an adult like us. Oh well, at least I have a WS3000 to show for my efforts!

...end of story. :)

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#11 posted 09-01-2012 07:19 PM

Robert brown – whats your set up look like using the honing guide. Usung 1/3 of that expensive sandpaper chaps my …

Ive been wanting to go stumpy style but lackin time to get it done.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#12 posted 09-01-2012 07:54 PM

Go 300

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#13 posted 09-02-2012 02:25 AM

I guess I am old fashion, don’t own a worksharp and don’t want to own one. For the most part I keep all my tools sharp by using different grits of sand paper. I have a board made of a hard surface, have no idea as to the material. You can use glass if you prefer.
Now you can make jigs if you prefer where you can set a certain angle out of a piece of scarp wood or even medal depending on what you want.
I made a jig for my planner a couple of years ago and still use the same jig. It does a great job. Make take me longer to sharpen a planner blade but I can get get the edge I want every time and it works great. I got tired of buying planner blades and now I haven’t purchased any blades in a long time.
I also sharpen my hand chisels the same way with sand paper. I don’t use a jig, I have learned the proper angle that works for me. The trick is never let them get so bad it take a lot of work. After each use take a few seconds to touch them back up where they are ready the next time.
Wood turning tools. I made a jig to use with my bench grinder but it seem I was spending a lot of time putting that edge back on them over and over. I fixed that problem. I purchased turning tools with carbide tips and never have to worry about it being sharp. These things will last for ages. That is compaired to my other turning tools. I plan on writing a tool review within the next week and tell others of these tools. It’s not your standard tool but its made along the line of (EASY TOOL) but a lot cheaper to purchase..
In my opinion you would be better off to make a couple of jigs and use sandpaper to keep your cutting tools cutting.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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#14 posted 09-02-2012 03:46 AM

Chrisstef, here is what it looks like.

The honing guide stays on the table. I use the guide that comes with the wide blade attachment for chisels.

This sandpaper is less expensive.

The work sharp was not practical (sandpaper cost wise) to establish primary bevels on old and abused plane blades and chisels. So I made a jig for a HF 4×6 sander.

But I think I found something better. I have only used it twice and believe it will be better to get that primary bevel.

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#15 posted 09-04-2012 10:00 PM

I’ve watched the video of Stumpy getting the Worksharp 3000 all tricked out, many times actually. And what I’m wondering is, is the 3000 really worth it? Sure, it has the option to automatically set your honing angles in five degree increments, and it’s underside port can handle wider blades. That’s neat and all, but is it really worth $100 more than the Worksharp 2000 (retails at $100)?

Here are my thoughts on each point.

1. Blade size. With the table top that Stumpy makes in the video that’s level with the rotating disc, it seems to me that you can rest any honing jig you like on that, so there shouldn’t be a limitation on what blade size you can sharpen, right?

2. Extra discs, etc. And the MDF combined with the different grits of honing compound seem like a much more economical option than sandpaper on glass anyway, so having extra discs that come with the 3000 also seems like a moot point to me.

3. Automatic bevel angle settings. It would be very easy to make angle guides to rest underneath any blade to set its angle in the honing jig quickly, so why pay extra for that?

Unless I’m missing something and the 2000 is massively inferior to the 3000 somehow, like a much less powerful motor, I can’t quite justify spending more for the nicer version. Thoughts, everyone?

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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