Which sharpener should I buy? Advice Needed.
Hello again, my sawdusty friends.
Sharpening tools by hand has always been vexing to me. There's so many methods, stones, grits, pastes, grinders, jigs, "sharpening systems," etc. Pressure here or there, this angle or that, micro bevel or no, etc.
Yesterday it took me over an hour just to replace the blunt factory angle on a chisel with something more aggressive... so I'm now in the market for some power equipment to replace my hand sharpening.
Currently, I only sharpen blades for hand planes and flat edged chisels - no curved edges. I'll probably never attempt to sharpen my own saw blades (too complex). I might want to sharpen kitchen knives from time to time, but not very important to me.
So here's my questions:
1) What features should I be looking for, and why? (brand, RPMs, size, water cooling, blade holders, jigs, etc.)
2) Are Tormek systems really that much better than standard bench grinders, or are they just price gouging because of their reputation?
3) Are there any smart ways to minimize cost - i.e. refurbished, ebay, online deals, etc.?
As always, thank you for your collective wisdom.