Tormek’s T7 Sharpening Method — Wet Grinder
Tormek’s new T7 is the newest in a distinct widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well made and will require years of hard use. The device includes a squaring jig, this holds your blades automatically squared to the grinding wheel. Chisels and plane blades are attached making use of their backs flat against a large reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping once the jig is tightened down. Added with the system is Tormek’s new truing and dressing Tool TT-50.
The TT-50 is Tormek’s latest stone truing tool and will make obtaining a flat parallel surface a simple and quick task. The truing and dressing tool will come in the T7 vijayalakshmi grinder sharpening system and if like me you have an earlier Tormek system you can also use the TT-50 on the prevailing Universal Support, but creating the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise one 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 which are being ground. The low running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving a simpler grind and so a sharper blade.
Whilst the grinding and sharpening system utilizes water cooling (wet grinding – the grinding wheel rotates in a tray of water), there is no risk of overheating or burning the edges of your blades and drawing the temper from them. Honing and polishing is carried from another leather honing wheel. The leather honing wheel must be lubricated with a grinding paste.
The T7 sharpening system isn’t cheap, except for the professional woodworker enough time savings over living of the item will make it a lot more than worth while to possess, for the amateur woodworker maybe it’s overkill, but when you yourself have the money it is a really nice bit of kit, and should last you for decades reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.