Tormek’s new T7 is the newest in a distinct widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well-built 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 with their backs flat against a sizable reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping when 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 will make getting a flat parallel surface an easy and quick task. The truing and dressing tool will come in the T7 vijayalakshmi grinder sharpening system and if like me you have an early on Tormek system you can also utilize the TT-50 on the present Universal Support, but creating the cut is more difficult. However Tormek advise you to retrofit the newest Universal Support with Micro Adjust.
The Tormek T7 system features a slow running speed which provides you with full control over your blades that are being ground. The reduced running speed and heavy wheel also reduces noise and vibration, giving an easier 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’s no danger of overheating or burning the edges of one’s 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 full time savings over the life of the product will make it a lot more than worth while your can purchase, for the amateur woodworker it could be overkill, but when you have the amount of money it is a very nice little bit of kit, and should last you for a long time reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.