Tormek’s T7 Sharpening Strategy — Wet Grinder

Tormek’s new T7 is the newest in a distinct widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well-built and can take years of hard use. The device comes with a squaring jig, this holds your blades automatically squared to the grinding wheel. Chisels and plane blades are attached with their backs flat against a big reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping after the jig is tightened down. Added with the machine is Tormek’s new truing and dressing Tool TT-50.

The TT-50 is Tormek’s latest stone truing tool and is likely to make obtaining a flat parallel surface a simple and quick task. The truing and dressing tool is available in the T7 vijayalakshmi grinder  sharpening system and if like me you’ve an earlier Tormek system you can even utilize the TT-50 on the present Universal Support, but establishing the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise you to retrofit the newest Universal Support with Micro Adjust.

The Tormek T7 system has a slow running speed which provides you with full control over your blades that are being ground. The low running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving a simpler grind and so a sharper blade.

Because the grinding and sharpening system utilizes water cooling (wet grinding – the grinding wheel rotates in a tray of water), there’s no risk of overheating or burning the edges of your blades and drawing the temper from them. Honing and polishing is carried out on another leather honing wheel. The leather honing wheel must be lubricated with a grinding paste.

The T7 sharpening system isn’t cheap, however for the professional woodworker the full time savings over the life of the merchandise is likely to make it more than worth while to possess, for the amateur woodworker maybe it’s overkill, but when you yourself have the cash it is a very nice bit of kit, and should last you for a long time reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.

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