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tool sharpening

Postby riptoff » Fri May 15, 2009 8:27 pm

tony bryant
The demo at the AGM by Ralph Sixsmith was impressive using the Rexon Grinder with a diamond impregnated wheel and buffing compound rotating away from the user.
Does anyone know a supplier of this grinder?
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby Bob_Fleet » Fri May 15, 2009 10:31 pm

Ralph told me the 'kit' was the Ashley Iles system and I wondered the same.
Can you easily reverse the direction of an old grinder?
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby R.Sixsmith » Sat May 16, 2009 9:18 pm

Hi Bob ,
it is quite easy to reverse the guards on a grinder and turn the motor around this usually puts the switch at the back but you can rig up a different switching method using pig tails on the motor shafts ,you will require a left hand & right hand one .Look at the web site of PROOPS for mops and pigtails they are very good also stock buffing soaps.
The sharpening system is sold by ashley Illes and as a slow speed motor which runs away from you which i feel is better for sharpening they use this system in their factory for sharpening carving tools,contact them and they will let you have the info ,they are a great company they support us each year ,this year they contributed a Roughing Gouge for a prize at the BB. Hope this helps
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby riptoff » Thu May 28, 2009 11:33 am

tony bryant
Hi again. I have received the catalogue from Ashley Iles and the rubberised wheel is indeed listed, however they state 'This system is not recommended for use with Turning Tools'. Is this because the finish is too smooth? Power turners use their tools straight from the grinder it appears.
What is the opinion from you guys?
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby Robin Fawcett » Thu May 28, 2009 1:03 pm

I don't hone any of my turning gouges - only the wide planing chisel and the skew.
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby paul atkin » Thu May 28, 2009 8:49 pm

i hone my gouges, cos i is a tight yarkshire man 8) its surprising how much metal you save. My first bowl gouge lasted about a year when using straight from the grinder, i then bought a jet wetstone grinder the honing wheel is sooo much better than a tormex, grind once hone 4/5 times before the need to grind again at 40 plus quid a time it doesnt take long to save money.
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby ToneWood » Thu May 09, 2013 9:47 pm

paul atkin wrote:..i then bought a jet wetstone grinder the honing wheel is sooo much better than a tormex..
Jet better than Tormek?! How so?
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby jrccaim » Sun May 12, 2013 3:31 am

ToneWood wrote:
paul atkin wrote:..i then bought a jet wetstone grinder the honing wheel is sooo much better than a tormex..
Jet better than Tormek?! How so?


Just guessing. The grit on the Jet stone may be smaller than Tormek. Hence better for honing. However Tormek and others sell a grit changer device, simply a flat piece of ? stone which you use to change grits. One side makes a bigger grit, the other a coarser grit. Hold it against the stone a minute or so. Grit changer also useful for other purposes, e.g. polishing tools. I have such a device for my Grizzly.com wet grinder. Quick change from coarse to fine grits. Works well. I still finish up on waterstones, though, tedious as it is.
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Re: tool sharpening

Postby paul atkin » Sun May 12, 2013 11:05 am

jrccaim wrote:
ToneWood wrote:
paul atkin wrote:..i then bought a jet wetstone grinder the honing wheel is sooo much better than a tormex..
Jet better than Tormek?! How so?


Just guessing. The grit on the Jet stone may be smaller than Tormek. Hence better for honing. However Tormek and others sell a grit changer device, simply a flat piece of ? stone which you use to change grits. One side makes a bigger grit, the other a coarser grit. Hold it against the stone a minute or so. Grit changer also useful for other purposes, e.g. polishing tools. I have such a device for my Grizzly.com wet grinder. Quick change from coarse to fine grits. Works well. I still finish up on waterstones, though, tedious as it is.

The grit on the wetstone is a bit courser than the tormex and cuts a lot better for most edge tools, the leather honing wheel is harder and works really well. I paid about £180 a few years back, it came with jigs compound a diamond truing tool and a grit changing block. After a few years hard use it is still going strong. I see they have gone up in price since i got mine. i have the use of both machines and for my needs the Jet comes out on top.
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