Tormek’s new T7 is the newest in a line of widely acclaimed sharpening systems. The grinder is well-crafted and will take years of hard use. The device includes 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 big reference surface, this then prevents rocking or tipping after the jig is tightened down. Added to the machine is Tormek’s new truing and dressing Tool TT-50.
The TT-50 is Tormek’s latest stone truing tool and will make finding 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 have an early on Tormek system you can even use the TT-50 on the present Universal Support, but establishing 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 which can be being ground. The lower 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 danger 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 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 span of the item will make it more than worth while your can purchase, for the amateur woodworker it could be overkill, but when you have the cash it’s a very nice bit of kit, and should last you for a long time reliving hours and hours of tedious sharpening.