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03-23-2009 07:31 PM

Hello all,

I too, like a couple of the previous post, have started using “more” hand tools. I still like my power tools :). I have found that having very sharp tools is a must. I have always taken my tools to my father shop to sharpen them, but tI think it time to get my own. He has the Tormek. It’s very nice, but very pricey. Anyone have any thoughts on the other shapreners Grizzly, Jet….. Thanks for the advice!


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#1 posted 03-23-2009 07:37 PM

there have been a couple of reviews here lately on some web sharpeneres – you might want to check out the reviews part of this website – very helpful.

I personally use the scary sharp method which uses sand paper – works best for me, once the blades angles are set, rehoning them is a matter of seconds per blade… no power needed.

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 07:43 PM

Makita. Mine is a dinosaur, and is still my go-to sharpener for planes, planer blades, jointer blades, etc. It is a value, and I hardly ever see anyone posting about ‘em.


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#3 posted 03-23-2009 09:21 PM

I have the Jet and it works well but as with all water stones it can not be stored in an enviroment that freezes.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 10:51 PM

I have been using the original Tormek and it works great for me.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-23-2009 11:56 PM

I’ve been happy with the Scheppach Tiger 2000. It was < $130, easy to use, and effective, but I have no experience with the more expensive units to compare it to.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 12:28 AM

Check out the Worksharp 3000. I got one for christmas and I love it. My chisels and turning tools are the sharpest they’ve ever been. Easy to use also.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 03-24-2009 12:38 AM

Another vote for the Makita -

I have the Makita 9820-2 and highly recommend it. It was designed to do jointer blades, and it does them brilliantly. It also does a great job on chisels and plane blades. It does NOT do a hollow-grind, which I like, as the edges are stronger than hollow-ground edges – I’ve sharpened on Tormek and on the Makita, and the Makita-ground edges last a bit longer between sharpenings.

I’ve rigged up a simple water-feed system that delivers water based on a float, and it never runs dry. It’s worth every penny I paid for it….the coarse wheel will grind away damage amazingly fast, the 1000-grit red wheel does fine for average sharpening, and the 6000 grit wheel makes tools scary sharp, although it takes a little longer to put on an edge than the 1000 grit wheel.

They really are the best value out there….

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#8 posted 03-24-2009 02:20 AM


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#9 posted 03-24-2009 09:21 AM

I personally use the JET and have enjoyed it from the start. I have reviews with photos and video (most of them) of a few sharpening machines at the link below as well as some accessories for them.

Sharpener Reviews

-- Tom Hintz,

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