Tormek’s new T7 is the most recent in a type of widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well made and will take 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 making use of their backs flat against a sizable reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping once the jig is tightened down. Added to 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 an easy 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 utilize the TT-50 on the existing Universal Support, but establishing the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise one to retrofit the most recent Universal Support with Micro Adjust.
The Tormek T7 system features a slow running speed which will give you full control over your blades which are being ground. The reduced running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving a softer 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 from another leather honing wheel. The leather honing wheel must be lubricated with a grinding paste.
The T7 sharpening system is not cheap, except for the professional woodworker the full time savings over living of the item will make it more than worth while your can purchase, for the amateur woodworker maybe it’s overkill, but when you yourself have the amount of money it’s a very nice piece of kit, and should last you for a long time reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.