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Shawn Masterson

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391 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip trick question carving tool lathe chisel blade jointer plane sander sharpening turning

I stumbled across this and wondered what you all thought


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JustJoe

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#1 posted 391 days ago

I had one during my sharpening-addiction days. I guess it’s supposed to be some sort of tormek knockoff. My impressions were that the stone worked good but wore very quickly. If you don’t keep the narrower tools moving you’ll put a groove in it before you know it. The leather side was a waste. It’s not really solid leather, it’s a big circle (plastic? I don’t remember) with a strap of leather glued to the outer edge. Mine was made on Taco Tuesday after the 3-margarita lunch and the leather was about 1/4” too long. Rather than cutting it to length they just glued it as was so I had this big lump in one spot rendering it useless. The straight-edge jig that was supposed to ride on that round bar had a lot of slop so the only way to use it was to try and move it side-side while keeping pressure on it from the same angle. There were other attachments for it, but I don’t see them for sale anymore.

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#2 posted 391 days ago

I’ll take that as a glowing endorsement!

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widdle

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#3 posted 391 days ago

I think i’ll take a pass on the leather wheel…lumpy..

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 391 days ago

I have one, and +1 for Joe’s review evaluation. Yes the wheel wears very quickly. I paid a lot extra for the 12” planner blade attachment that was suppose to fit either the 10” or 8 ” machines, but on the 8 ” it wouldn’t come within 2” of making correct contact. After the third argumentative call to tech support, I finally got a rep to go get one off the sales floor and with a planner blade try to use it . He agreed it’d only work on the 10” machine. Guess I’d rate a 3 stars.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 391 days ago

I had the Scheppach that’s similar. It worked pretty well for me….the leather strap on my was smooth, but did need to be re-glued at some point.

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 390 days ago

thanks for the input. so Its not great but better than a bench grinder.

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Don W

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#7 posted 390 days ago

Ive got this one I’d give it an, its ok. If I had to buy something new I’d get a slow speed grander.

Edit: its ok for resharpening, but very slow for fixing bevel.

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moke

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#8 posted 389 days ago

I have an 8” Grizzly version somewhere, it was ok, certainly not top of the heap….like JustJoe said the stone was a poor composite and it wore. I used a diamond dresser too many times on it, a new wheel was almost as much as the machine…I would say don’t waste your money…now I do have a nice slow speed 8” Delta and I like it really well, but all I sharpen on it is lathe tools. It took me a while to get “onto” it, but with the right jigs and wheels I can reproduce a grind consistantly…
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Bernie

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#9 posted 389 days ago

I was in your shoes a few years ago and I wish I had saved the article that compared the Tormek with all the knock – offs (Grizzly – Jet – and a few others). The article was quite good and the initial result was a thumbs-up for the Jet. Lucky for me I read the review a few months after the initial review. The revised edition was total reverse – it went for the real McCoy… the Tormek.

Yes… it is a lot more expensive ( $550) with the basic jigs and attachments, but its’ an excellent machine and I haven’t regretted buying one. I’ve done a lot of sharpening on it and its’ still like new. The problem with the knock – offs, the wheels wear quickly and they soon develop a vibration.

I’m not rich by any means, but I’m glad I dished out the cash for my solid purchase. The way I look at things, I only want to buy once – once is cheaper. And I don’t think its’ out of most folks price range if they want it. I bought most of my tools on coffee money. Think about it – I brown bagged my lunch the years I was working and most of my fellow truck drivers ate out. Like them, I was stopping for my morning and afternoon coffee breaks and noticed that cost me $7 to $10 per day. I told my wife that rather then spending that cash, everyday I would add $10 to a can as tool money rather then having those coffees and donuts.

The end result – it took me 3 months to buy the Tormek which I will have for my life. I’m also healthier… I lost weight and lowered my blood pressure… so the Tormek and all my other quality tools have all been quite feasible.

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

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