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#1 posted 02-12-2015 12:51 PM

Depends on what you are sharpening. Here’s what I use:

Rough grinding bevels for plane blades, chisels, lathe tools – 6” bench grinder with a friable wheel, Tormek BGM-100 tool rest, Tormek jigs. Thin O1 Stanley plane blades are done on the Grizzly wet grinder.

Honing – Lathe tools a Grizzly wet grinder with Tormek jigs; Plane blades and chisels – diamond stones, lapping film, shop made jigs see here

The Grizzly wet grinder stone (and from what I’ve read the same is true for the Tormek stones) doesn’t like the harder tool steels like A2 and HSS. My thick A2 and HSS plane blades take forever on the Grizzly, but the bench grinder does them quickly. The Grizzly stone does fine with the small 2nd bevel I use for HSS lathe tools, and the Tormek gouge jig is great – any shape of grind desired and very repeatable. I end up doing a lot of stuff around the shop with the wet grinder because it is slow and controllable. I can’t think of any reason to spend the $ for a Tormek. I already had the 6” bench grinder, if I had to get one it would be 8” slow speed.

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