Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: central illinois
HLW, I am a new turner myself. In fact I feel like I'm still accumulating tools and not doing much turning. I purchased the Wolverine system and to this point I am very pleased with it. I bought the base unit which comes with two bases, one long tool holder and a platform. It also has a dvd which you can watch to help you in sharpening. I also bought the skew attachment and the vari-grind attachment. I did not get the wheel dresser. It seemed like way too much money to me. I am actually signed up to take a class at Woodcraft this Saturday on using the system for sharpening. I'm not sure I totally need to take this class but I figured it would help me in the long run. There is quite a bit of info on using the Wolverine system online too so that is something you could check out. I think it is Woodsmith that has an hour long podcast that you can watch online. It's pretty good and kind of verified my feelings about not buying the wheel dresser.
Back to your original question I do not know much about the other systems you mentioned but I believe the Wolverine is the cream of the crop. It is built very solid and seems like it will hold up for a long time. I think the Tormek and things of that nature would be awesome but they are in a price point that is just far above what I had available to spend. Let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do my best to answer. I'm sure some of the more experienced turners will chime in too. However I don't think you would be dissapointed with the Woverine system.