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tormek T3 vs. tormek T7, will the T3 do the same job on chisel and plane irons as the T7?

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Forum topic by michaelsgarage posted 09-07-2013 03:58 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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michaelsgarage

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09-07-2013 03:58 PM

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the t7 and t3 are very different in price. would i be shooting myself in the foot if i bought the t3?


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#1 posted 09-07-2013 04:26 PM

I doubt you’s be shooting yourself in the foot, but there are some things to consider. The motor on the T3 is only rated to run 30 min/hour. I sometimes spend a few hours on my older 2000 model when I take do all my chisles, which usually leads to me doing the plane irons. The smaller wheel will not last as long (duh!) but does cost less to replace. There are some other things, but nothing as big as the motor running time….the 10” ones are made for continuous duty. Take a look here.

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 04:36 PM

okay that all makes sense, so would you recommend the t3 to a beginner woodworker like my myself? would i still get that perfect edge that the T7 offers?

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 05:17 PM

I think you’d get the equally good results with either one, as long as the other stuff doesn’t matter.

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#4 posted 09-07-2013 05:25 PM

ok thanks for your help Fred!

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 05:12 PM

I have one of the very early Tormeks- 13 years old. It cost a lot back then but is still running today. In fact, I reshaped a bowl gouge recently and it took at least 4 hours till I got the shape I was looking for.

The Tormek is very slow at removing material compared to a bench grinder. The T3 should be great for touchup/honing but my be over taxed for reshaping/major grinding.

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 05:33 PM

Like lew, my Tormex was purchased years ago (mid 90s for me) and I’ve kept it up graded. The T7 will last and last, but I’m not sure about the T3 due to the diminished specs and I believe the T3 has a plastic frame. If at all possible I would encourage you to go for the T7. However, on the positive side, owning a T3 would give you a chance to start collecting attachments and have the same edge. As I see it, it’s an industrial model in the T7 versus a hobbyist model in the T3. Either way you’ll have a Tormex, so good luck and enjoy.

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