Tormek’s new T7 is the latest in a line of widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well made and will take years of hard use. The system 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 large reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping once the jig is tightened down. Included 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 getting a flat parallel surface a simple and quick task. The truing and dressing tool comes in the T7 sharpening system and if like me you have an earlier Tormek system you can also use the TT-50 on the existing Universal Support, but setting up the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise you to retrofit the latest Universal Support with Micro Adjust.
The Tormek T7 system has a slow running speed which will give you full control over your blades that are being ground. The low running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving a smoother grind and so a sharper blade.
As 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 out on another leather honing wheel. The leather honing wheel needs to be lubricated with a grinding paste.
The T7 sharpening system is not cheap, however for the professional woodworker the time savings over the life of the product will make it more than worth while to own, for the amateur woodworker it could be overkill, but if you have the money it is a really nice piece of kit, and should last you for years reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.
- 3″ wide Water cooled grinding wheel. The wheel rotates in a water bath, which you need to keep topped up.
- Square Edge Jig takes blades up to 76mm or 3″ in width.
- TT-50 Truing and Dressing Tool with screw feed.
- Universal Support, which also guides the jigs.
- Leather honing and polishing wheel.
About the Company
Tormek started in 1973. Today Tormek exports to over 30 countries worldwide. Their products used by cabinet makers, carpenters, wood carvers and wood turners world wide. All product development, and manufacture is carried out in Lindesberg Sweden.