The Tormek water-cooled sharpening system has a well-deserved reputation for versatility, accuracy and ease of use. Its precise jig-guided control allows even the novice to consistently produce tools with proper edge geometry. The double-ended arbor carries two wheels – a 220x aluminum oxide grindstone and a leather stropping wheel charged with compound. Grinding on the stone followed by stropping creates a toothed edge suitable for shears, cutlery, axes or utility chisels. When you need a refined edge, you can use the included stone grader to convert the grindstone’s surface to a fine texture comparable to 1000x; subsequent stropping produces a mirror finish. Made in Sweden from sturdy, high-quality components.

The professional-grade T-8 machine sharpens a wide range of household and woodworking tools. Rated for continuous use, it’s more powerful and robust than the T-4 sharpening machine, with sufficient torque to maintain constant speed under full load; this is important when grinding jointer/planer blades and high-speed steel tools, which require the user to apply greater force. Its 115V motor operates at 90 rpm and has a stainless-steel arbor to resist rust. The T-8 has ABS side panels and a substantial cast-zinc housing, which dampens vibration and gives the jigs rigid support. A magnet built into the removable water trough gathers metal debris for ready disposal. Includes a 250mm dia. by 50mm wide (10" × 2") grindstone as well as a 220mm dia. by 31mm wide (8 5/8" × 1 1/4") leather wheel. It also comes with the diamond-tipped wheel-truing tool and the square-edge jig.

The machine includes a gauge for measuring and setting bevel angles, a stone grader and a 70g tube of 3-micron honing compound, and comes with a 7-year warranty that also covers commercial use. A 58-minute DVD and 164-page manual provide complete instructions for sharpening an array of tools, as well as maintenance advice and other tips. For those who would like a preview, the DVD is also sold separately.

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