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#1 posted 09-02-2017 12:59 AM

I just bought a D-way 8” CBN 180 grit wheel for my grinder. It’s a game changer. I also bought some Tormek jigs and set them up on my bench grinder. Works fantastic on HSS lathe tools. I’ve used it on plane irons, chisels, carving tools and so on. I have to be careful with the carbon tools on the final couple of passes to keep them from burning. My grinder runs 3450 RPMs. I would like to get a slower grinder or some sort of set up on a slower motor and set the Tormek jigs up on it. Really, with the CBN and a couple hundred bucks of Tormek jigs the Tormek is very replaceable.

I had the opportunity to use a T-7 for a few days and ran it through all the tests. I really wanted to like it, I really did. I found it too troublesome, and slow. The wheels wear and they need to be trued up with a tool. You can change the grit of the wheel with a thingy(?), and then there is the water which I don’t like.

For a new T-8 and the jigs that I would want, I’d be looking at a bit over a grand. CBN wheel was 200, jigs about 300. The grinder I had in stock.

I’ve been a tool user and have been sharpening tools for forty years. So I do know what I’m talking about and not just selling you a load of


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