Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Baxter, Tennessee
Do you think you need a system like that. I've been turning and carving for a long time and still use a slow speed grinder. I did buy a Sheppac which is kind of like the Jet version of the Tormek. It is handy for putting an edge on plane irons and flat working chisels.
don't get me wrong the Tormek and Pro Edge are nice machines. I do look at them. It would be an interesting decision. The Tormek will defiinitely sharpen tools and keep them cool in the process. My biggest problem with the wet systems is I learned to sharpen by hand and to watch for the sparks to come over the edge. You can never see that with a wet system. The downside in my shop is always having to come up with water. I do like having the strop. It's great for touching up tools if you catch them before they get dull.
I use the scary sharp system of sandpaper on glass to sharpen my plane irons so I kind of lean toward the Pro edge. Knife makers also use belt sanders to shape and sharpen their knives. The downside is having to change the belts but on the two systems I've seen that is really quick and easy. You can leave the belt that you resharpen you tools with on there so it's instantly ready. Then if you need a course belt to reshape an edge it's quick to change over.