Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grizzly T10010 Wet Grinder Review - Follow Up

A while back, I posted an initial review of the Grizzly T10010 Wet Grinder; you can read the review here. Well, after having used the machine for a while, I thought I would post a follow up and give some more thoughts. First, I still love this machine for sharpening and honing; it is SUPER fast and easy. Second, you will need some "3rd party" accessories. I've read that the best, most economical setup for this machine, as compared to a Tormek, is to buy this machine, but use the Tormek accessories since they will fit. I have to say that I TOTALLY agree! Out of the box, I was fighting the Grizzly straight edge jig that comes with the tool; it's just not very good. So, the first thing I bought was the Tormek Square Edge Jig from Highland Hardware. That was a huge impovement, but I still wasn't getting a completely square edge and had the feeling that my wheel was not completely trued up. So, my next purchase, from Highland Hardware, was Tormek Truing and Dressing Kit. This was perfect! I found that my wheel was about a 32nd of an inch off from end to end, but also was not perfectly round. So, after a couple of passes with the truing tool, and I had a nice level, perfectly round, surface. I then went to town on my hand plane blades and got them nice and flat for a change; so much better.

So, bottom line is, if you don't want to fork out the money for the Tormek system, can recommend the Grizzly T10010 Wet Grinder, but I would save some money to also buy the Tormek accessories; it makes a big difference!

5 comments:

  1. I just bought the T10010 and haven't done anything to it yet. I have seen elsewhere that the wheel wobbles slightly. Mine does too. Does this wobble lead to any problems sharpening tools? In truing with the Tormek TT-50, it seems that there would be a very slight dishing across the wheel but the stone grader should level that out. What do you think?

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  2. Jerry B, Mine did not wobble at all when I got it so I'm not sure about that, but maybe put a call into Grizzly and ask them. It could be the wheel or the shaft. An easy way to tell if the wheel is cupped, or dished, is to use the truing tool and then lay a straight edge across it. Sometime is may appear that the wheel is wobbling, but it really isn't; it just may not be an exact uniform thickness so it looks like it is wobbling.

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  3. I think the wobble is very minor now that I've looked at it again. Other than the truing jig and and the edge jig are there other jigs that you feel are essential? I intend to get the first two jigs but am wondering whether to get others. I'm learning to turn and want to do a good job. Would the gouge jig be worth the $83? I've experimented with the Grizzly edge jig and I think I can use that jig to put a decent edge on skews by putting the skew in at an angle and can do parting tools freehand. I plan on getting the Angle Master but don't know if I should get the tool rest. I haven't thought it all out yet, mainly for lack of experience.

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  4. Jerry B, I can't realy talk to other jigs to be honest. I do some turning as well and am teaching myself to freehand with the grinder; saves time and money. I have thought about getting the gouge jig, but man that's a lot of money for that. If you have a good turning book, they cover how to free hand grind and with this not being an agressive grinder you are less likely to make a major mistake that can't be fixed. I would try it free hand first and see if that works for you before buying a jig...

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  5. I have the 8" grizzly and the jig it came with worked great. If you use a sharpie on the hollow edge, after you grind for a few seconds, look and see where the ink has ground off, once you've noticed which side is grinding more, you can loosen or tighten the "right" clamp on the jig and it will slightly angle the chisel so it's parallel with the stone. I don't see how much better the Tormek jig can be because I have already sharpened about 15 chisels that are scary sharp. If you have no previous chisel sharpening experience, there will be a definate learning curve until you figure it all out. I noticed after about chisel 10, the stone became majorly warped. It doesn't effect sharpening, but the wobble is getting worse as I go and more annoying. I need that truing jig. Anyone know why the wheel becomes warped, or oblong, so fast? I wonder if I can a 10" stone on my 8" Grizzly. Is the 10" a 1/8 hp machine also?

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