How any brand can justify $600+ for a sharpening system is beyond ridiculous

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Forum topic by steve posted 06-09-2013 10:49 PM 1843 views 0 times favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2013 10:49 PM

I am commenting on the Tormek T-7.

-- steve/USA

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 11:39 PM

It’s like finishing; for some, it can be an art form and a hobby in itself.
To each his own.
I like the K.I.S.S. approach.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 11:40 PM

K.I.S.S. ???

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 11:44 PM

Seems its more about tool gloat than anything that actually comes out of the
shop for quite a few.

There is definitely a market out there for the outrageously priced

Having said that, its a person’s perogative to want the very best money can buy. I can’t fault
someone for that I suppose.

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 11:48 PM

K.I.S.S = Keep It Simple Stupid !!!

I suppose the price of the Tormek could be equated to many things. Why spend $100,000 on a vehicle when you can purchase one for much less. I think it comes down to some must have the best of the best and the Tormek fits the bill. I own one and purchased it after the frustration of using whet stones and other methods. For me it has been a great purchase.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 12:00 AM

Why Steve!? It’s Sunday, a day of peace. Why would you just launch a missile unannounced like that? You gotta give us time to get the women and children into the bomb shelters first. And coming so soon after the great SawStop Wars. Will the carnage never end?

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 12:13 AM

Was there much consternation over the SawStop? I can’t imagine who wouldn’t appreciate such an awesome feature.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 12:17 AM

I am faulting the company for charging so much for it, that’s all. Too much $ for the item.

-- steve/USA

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#8 posted 06-10-2013 12:19 AM

No wars, no fault to buyers of the Tormek, just think it’s way over priced. Good luck with it. :)
$639 for two wheels, a motor, and a well, some guides, and…

-- steve/USA

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#9 posted 06-10-2013 12:25 AM

...kitty on my foot and I want to touch it…

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#10 posted 06-10-2013 12:45 AM

I was about to agree with you Steve….

But then I started to add up all the various things I’ve collected over the years….grinder, wheels, various diamond stones, honing guides…etc. I’m probably at $500, if not $600 bucks in.

My methods work for me and are pretty efficient. Lots of people wanna drive a Maserati though….More power to ‘em.

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#11 posted 06-10-2013 01:12 AM

If a non-essential product sells, the price has been justified.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 01:14 AM

right…! I would love!!!! love to own a Tormek, just won’t put $6+ bills out for it, but I would love to have one, no doubt.
I am against a manufacturer charging so much for such a set-up, That is my gripe, that’s it.
If, say, you have a new set of chisels, the Tormek is certainly not going to help you flatten a back, you’ll need stones. And if you have such stones, couldn’t you then hone a bevel?
I guess if I owned a shop with a crew of hand chiselers, that already had their chisels flattened, it would pay for it’s self. :) have a nice day.

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 02:34 AM

If I were a professional woodworker who needed to sharpen plane irons and chisels all the time, I’d consider the Tormek system to be a bargain. It would pay for itself in time saved.

As a decidedly amateur woodworker, I could never justify the expense. I don’t fault the company for their price, though. They charge what people (other people) are willing to pay.

Me? I have a granite floor tile some wet/dry sand paper and a leather strop I made myself. My planes peel off shavings I can almost see through. That’s good enough for me. And I kind of enjoy the time I spend sharpening.

-- Dave K.

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 02:40 AM

If you were a carver or turner and very serious about
working as efficiently as possible, I could see it
being a good investment.

For chisels, plane irons, and planer blades, it is more
than I’ve ever needed. I use a Makita wet-wheel

I also have a bunch of stones. The Makita takes awhile
to get the wheel saturated.

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#15 posted 06-10-2013 04:02 AM

You can flatten the backs of chisels on the side of the wheel
on the Tormek.

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