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Forum topic by RHH posted 08-30-2007 08:33 PM 890 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RHH

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08-30-2007 08:33 PM

Has anyone tried this new product yet? Do you have the $100 version or the $200 version? What makes the $200 one worth twice the price?

I read a preview article on this tool a few months ago. The preview article talked about a good, effective sharpening tool for under $100 (OK, they think $99 is under a $100), but now about all I see is the $200 model. Is this bait and switch or is there really an effective automated sharpening system for $100 bucks?

It sure would be nice to read some personal experiences with this thing.

-- RHH - Temple, Texas, USA


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WayneC

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#1 posted 08-30-2007 08:37 PM

I have the $200 Version. I have not tried the $100 version. I reviewed it here.

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/WayneC/blog/1113

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#2 posted 08-30-2007 11:21 PM

I think the 99 to 199 price difference is the “extras” that the machine comes with… extra glass plates, the leather honing wheel. Woodcraft and one other magazine have reviewed this recently, I was afraid that this was going to cost even more and put itself out of reach. Seems like a must have to me!

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 04:05 AM

I have the higher priced version. I built a station for it which I will post soon. Works well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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coloradoclimber

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 05:06 AM

They have two versions, one for $99 and the other for $199. Here’s the link to the manufacturer

worksharptools.com

The smaller one only grinds at one angle, 25 degrees, and is limited to a skinnier width.

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coloradoclimber

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#5 posted 08-31-2007 05:28 AM

Wayne wrote up an excellent review, linked above, and based on his experience I went out and bought one.

First the good:

It is fast, easy to set up, regrinds angles precisely, grinds the bevel, grinds and flattens the back, works well for skinny to wide chisels and plane irons, easily grinds bevels and micro bevels, grinds and polishes, is a complete and nice kit. I really liked it….. while it lasted.

Now for the bad:

It is a VERY light duty unit. It has a 1/5 HP motor and it clearly is NOT suitable for continuous duty.

This thing EATS grinding paper for lunch. Again a sign of a light duty unit.

The unit comes with 120 grit paper, this implies to me it is suitable for regrinding and resetting bevels. I hand sharpen all my planes and chisels, free hand, so naturally none of them are perfect 25 degrees. That meant all of my bevels ended up needing some amount of regrinding.

After about 6 chisels and 1 plane iron the unit started making a funny noise, kind of a rrr rrr rrr – rrr rrr rrr. So I turned the unit off and it was HOT HOT HOT. I couldn’t hold my hand on it it was so hot.

Hmmm, I had been cleaning the grinding surface as I went so I was turning the unit off every once in a while to turn the glass over to clean the paper. I did do some regrinding of each chisel and the plane iron but not what I would say was heavy regrinding. I tried letting the unit cool down and seeing if it still made the noise, it did. I used the unit for maybe a total of 2 hours before I decided it wasnt working for me. I boxed it back up and took it back to the store.

The unit was GREAT while it lasted and if it had lasted a bit longer I would have definitely kept it. But I couldnt see paying $200 to have it burn up after 6 chisels and 1 plane iron. Maybe I got a lemon, maybe not. I dont really think the unit is suitable for heavy use at all.

If you only need touch up grinding I think this unit is the cat’s meow. If you need actual grinding or bevel resetting I dont think this unit is well suited.

Light duty use, definite buy. Anything heavier than light duty, I dont think this unit is strong enough.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 08-31-2007 05:48 AM

I’ve sharpened quite a bit more than 7 items with mine and it is going strong. One the first things I did was get two extra glass plates and the other grits. For regrinding I’m using their 80 grit paper. The 120 as Colorado indicates is too slow for my taste.

Also Amazon has the Jet Tormak clone on sale if you want a slow speed wet grinder….

http://www.amazon.com/708015PK-JSSG-10-Slow-Speed-Sharpener/dp/B000LE22EM/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-3050768-5241222?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1188531990&sr=8-1

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#7 posted 08-31-2007 01:56 PM

I did all my chisels and most of my plane iron at one setting. I do have a can of water in my station and so did not over load it too much. I run 120-400-1000 grit. I had already set my tools with stick on paper and a polished grainte stone prior to getting the WorkSharp. If you want one you can really push on get one of the old stones used to sharpen the combs in sheep shearing heads. You can really push on them.
They work basicaly the same way but you sharpen on the top. Ask Don to send one over.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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