Tormek’s new T7 is the latest in a type of widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well-crafted and will require 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 using their backs flat against a big reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping once the jig is tightened down. Incorporated with the device is Tormek’s new truing and dressing Tool TT-50.
The TT-50 is Tormek’s latest stone truing tool and can make obtaining a flat parallel surface a simple and quick task. The truing and dressing tool comes in the T7 vijayalakshmi grinder sharpening system and if like me you’ve an early on Tormek system you can even use the TT-50 on the present 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 which can be being ground. The reduced running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving a smoother 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 one’s 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, however for the professional woodworker enough time savings over the life of the merchandise can make it significantly more than worth while your can purchase, for the amateur woodworker maybe it’s overkill, but when you yourself have the cash it is a really nice piece of kit, and should last you for decades reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.