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Tormek T-8 Wet Stone Grinder Review – Best Water Cooled Sharpening System

Tormek-T-8-Water-Cooled-Sharpening-SystemOver the years, man has developed different ways of sharpening objects – hard rough stones, sandpaper, metal surfaces, water stones, diamond stones, and recently, to the use of electric sharpeners and grinders.

Tool and machinery manufacturers are constantly devising ways and methods for a better and more comfortable life for humans.

One such company is Tormek, a Sweden company that focused on developing, engineering and producing sharpening tools and systems.

Advantages of Water Cooled / Wet Stone Grinder

Tormek has manufactured a series of sharpeners – T-2, T-4, T-7, and the latest T-8 water cooled sharpening system.

Upgraded from T-7, the Tormek T-8 Water Cooled Precision Sharpening System is its brilliant innovation.

As the name suggests, Tormek T-8 is a wet stone grinder that uses water to cool the tools/knives being sharpened.

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No worries of changing steel temper with wet stone grinder

It simply means no overheating of steel with continuous grinding. Praised by professional woodworkers and knife enthusiasts, it’s safe and reliable.

Tormek T-7 vs T-8

The Tormek T-8 has some useful upgrades from the commercial wet grinder T-7 that makes it an irresistible choice for professional woodworkers who want unmatched precision and sharpness.

  • Lighter housing
  • Integrated sleeve mount
  • Adjustable knob for lifting/lowering water trough
  • Improved water trough with magnetic scrapper
  • Improved Square Edge Jig

The Tormek T-8 is an excellent sharpening system for sharpening tools with sharp edges, including the kitchen knives. It eliminates the need to dispose of or keep redundant sharp tools with blunt edges.

What’s in The Box

  • 2” x 10” Grindstone
  • ‘F’ Shaped Universal Support
  • 1-1/4” x 8-5/8” Honing wheel
  • Tormek zinc cast housing
  • Water trough
  • Magnetic scrapper
  • Water chute
  • Honing wheel conditioning oil and honing compound
  • User guide and DVD
  • US-105 Universal support
  • SE-77 Square edge jig
  • TT-50 Truing and dressing tool
  • SP-650 Stone grader
  • WM-200 AngleMaster

Simple Setup

To assemble the Tormek T-8, simply mount the grindstone to the stainless steel shaft, condition the leather honing wheel with oil and honing compound. And finally, attach the water trough to the unit and add water.

Tormek Sharpening System Hand Tool Bundle Tbh801 T-8 A Complete Water Cooled Sharpener with Hand Tool Sharpening Jigs

It comes with a user manual and DVD to enable direction, easy setup and usage, especially for the first time.

For first-timers using the T-8, read the user guide and watch the DVD to get everything done right from the beginning.

It’s extremely important.

Unless you’re very experienced using the Tormek sharpening systems, do spend some time to do your homework to avoid unnecessary costly mistakes that would otherwise be avoided.

Specification:

Design: Opaque
Color: Blue
Product Dimension: 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 13 inches
Net Weight: 32 Pounds
Unit Type: Piece
Type: System Kit
Product Material: Metal and Plastic
Voltage: 115 volts
Wattage: 200
Batteries Included: No

Key Features:

  • Zinc Alloy Housing
  • Universal Support and Integrated Sleeve Mounting
  • Safety Stops Keep Tools In Place On The Stone
  • Angle Master – Setting The Exact Bevel Angle
  • Constant Speed Motor
  • Grit Convertible Grindstone
  • Improved Water Trough
  • Improved Square Edge Jig

Tormek T-8 Sharpener Key Features

Zinc Alloy Housing

Tormek T-8 Electric Wet Stone Grinder offers the best quality for precision sharpening and it’s result orientated.

The T-8 is lighter with zinc alloy body housing (with two side plastic panels) as compared to T-7 which is made of steel. It’s sturdy to handle all kinds of sharpening tasks in addition to corrosion-resistant.

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Tormek T-8 full zinc cast body – lighter than the T-7 steel body

With its full zinc cast housing, it delivers maximum stability and precision sharpening.

The part that is made of stainless steel is the main shaft which holds the 10” grindstone. That’s where you’ll use it for most of the sharpening tasks.

The stainless steel main shaft comes with a unique Ezylock nut. The nut automatically sets stone to the right torque without using tools.

Universal Support and Integrated Sleeve Mounting

The foundation of the Tormek T-8 knife sharpener lies in the ‘F’ shaped Universal Support stainless steel bar. It controls all grinding jigs and accessories from coarse grinding to fine honing, flipping from vertical to horizontal mount.

Unlike the T-7 where the Universal Support mount was bolted onto the housing, it has now been integrated into the model T-8 as part of its fully cast housing.

This guarantees minimum play of the Universal Support, tight-controlled sharpening, and increased precision.

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Tormek T-8 with integrated sleeves for maximum stability and increased precision

The Universal Support mounting improvement ensures no wobbling and vibration during sharpening. You’ll get a precise bevel angle on the tool’s edge.

Good improvement!

At first glance, the ‘F’ shaped Universal Support may look simple with just an adjustable dial for bevel angle adjustment but this is what gives you the precision results. It can be mounted on either side of the grindstone (depending on the vertical or horizontal mount), either to grind towards or away from the rotating wheel.

Vertical mount– The reshaping or sharpening process is designed to grind towards the rotating wheel for a specified reason – to have a better view and control of the bevel angle during sharpening.

Horizontal mount – The horizontal mounting is used to hone the blade away from the rotating wheel to prevent the blade from getting stuck into the leather wheel.

Safety Stops Keep Tools In Place On The Stone

During the sharpening process, sliding movements may unintentionally cause the tool to slip pass the edge of the grindstone. This can be easily preventable.

Two stoppers (one with adjustable width) have been implemented on the Universal Support to limit the sliding width to prevent the tool from dropping off while the wheel is still rotating.

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Safety stops keep the tool in place

This will prevent unnecessary hand injury and tool damage. These stoppers make the entire tool and knife sharpening process much simpler and stress-free.

Angle Master – Setting The Exact Bevel Angle

AngleMaster WM-200
AngleMaster WM-200 sets both the bevel angle and grindstone size for optimum sharpness

The Angle Master WM-200 is used to set the exact sharpening angles of your tools (chisels, knives, and others) for optimum sharpness by adjusting the micro-dial on the Universal Support. It also includes setting for the grindstone size.

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Micro-dial set the bevel angle

Both settings must match accordingly before the operation. Once done, it’ll deliver excellent results with scary sharpness and precision.

Constant Speed Motor

The Tormek T-8 sharpener operates at the same speed (90 rpm) regardless of the load it has to deal with. The advantage of this low-speed motor will prevent any unintentional grinding of steel as compared to the high-speed grinder.

The strong AC motor can power the grindstone through continuous use of 25,000 hours, maintenance-free. Pretty much you can use it for decades.

It’s safe and quiet.

Grit Convertible Grindstone

The 2” x 10” grindstone that is made from aluminum-oxide is amazing.

It comes with 220-grit for coarse grinding and can be converted to 1000-grit for fine polishing with the help of the stone grader. The stone grader is a two-sided silicon carbide stone for coarse to fine grit conversion and vice versa.

Once coarse grinding is completed, the next step is to polish the blade.

The grit conversion is pretty simple. To change the grit from coarse to fine, press the fine side of the stone grader against the rotating wheel back and forth for about 20 seconds.

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Stone grader transforms the grindstone’s grit

The coarse grindstone is converted to grit 1000 without removing from the unit. You can feel the surface with the fingers.

The stone grader also serves to remove the glaze build-up on the grindstone.

To transform it back to 220-grit, repeat the exact step on the rough side of the stone grader. There’s no need to replace the grindstone.

It’s fast and straightforward.

Also, this grindstone can sharpen all types of steel, including HSS.

Improved Water Trough

The water trough has also experienced some improvements from the model T-7 – a screw lift and a double function magnetic scraper.

The screw lift makes for easier lifting up and down of the water trough with an adjustable knob.

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Improved water trough with height adjustment

And the double function magnetic scraper would enable easier and effective cleaning of the water trough. It both collects and cleans the steel particles in the trough.

Always remember to clear the water from the trough after each use.

You can also clip the included water chute onto the side of the water trough for long tools (planer blades and chef’s knives) that may drip water (extend over the edge of the grindstone).

 Improved Square Edge Jig

The SE-77 Square Edge jig that comes with the T-8 has two adjustable knobs. It helps to create a camber on the tool’s edge should there be a need, especially on some plane blades for woodworking.

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Create a camber with Tormek SE-77 jig

The T-7 does not have this feature though.

Let’s summarize the following components and its functions:

Universal Support: For vertical and horizontal mounts
Water Trough: Built-in magnet for collection of particles and chute for drips of water
WM-200 Angle Master: Sets and measures edge angles. Kept in place by magnets
PA-70 Honing Compound: Removes blur and polishes the edge to mirror finish
SE-77 Jig: For plane irons and wood chisels. Safety stops keep tools in place on the stone
TT-50 Truing Tool: Trues grindstone exactly round and flat
SP-650 Stone Grader: The fine side grades stone to 1000 grit finish and the coarse side returns the stone to normal (220 grit)
Stainless Steel Main Shaft and Unique Ezylock Nut: Stone holder for grinding
Tormek Hand Book and DVD Instructions and video guides
Tormek Original Grindstone: 2-in-1 stone for tool sharpening
Zinc Cast Housing with ABS Plastic for Sides: House the motor and solidly built body structure for stability
Motor (Industrial Single Phase; 200W) Continuous Duty, Noiseless, Maintenance-free: Provide constant speed rotation for grinding tools

 Other Optional Accessories include: 

Small Knife Holder: Enables the sharpening of small knife blades like the kitchen knives and carving knives
Turning Tool Setter: Replicates geometry on turning gouges
Profiled Honing Wheels: For inside honing and polishing of turning and carving gouges
Rotating Base: Enables you to rotate and lock the machine with complete stability
Machine Cover: Protects machine from shavings and wood dust

List of Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Fully zinc cast housing
  • High-quality grindstone
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Optimal sharpening precision
  • Continuous use
  • Enables easier lifting of water trough
  • Enables efficient cleaning
  • Durable
  • Strong Universal Support
  • Safe and noiseless
  • Maintenance-free
  • Sharpens all quality of steel
  • Comes with a handbook and DVD for direction, tips, and guides
  • Constant motor speed
  • No-risk of overheating
  • Consistent results
  • 7-year warranty
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Slow compared to high-speed grinding

Is The Tormek T-8 Worth The Cost?

The T-8 wet stone grinder is by far the most expensive sharpening system by Tormek. But the thoughtful improvements over previous models give you greater value for the money.

Tormek T-8 always produces consistent results for plane irons, chisels, turning tools, carving gouges and knives. It’s rare to see such a quality sharpening system on the market but some folks were put off by the price.

However, the price is a perception of what it’s worth.

For woodworking enthusiasts who want sharp edges and consistent results all the time, the T-8 will worth every penny.

That’s quite amazing! It can be used to sharpen all your sharp objects, regardless of what quality of steel it is made from.

The results speak for themselves.

It is safe to use and the motor is rather quiet. This is a product that you are guaranteed to enjoy for a long time – 25 000 hour life! It also has a 7-year warranty.

Talk about durability!

You are saved the stress of having to set or switch stones. Cleaning this product also comes easy.

Having all its components in one-housing eliminates the bulkiness and makes for easier carriage.

To be honest, the Tormek T-8 is the best electric water stone grinder you can find in terms of quality and technology. Of course, there are some Tormek clones on the market but none of them beat its quality.

For a weekend woodworking warrior, there are some cheaper alternatives you may want to consider – Grizzly 10″ Wet Grinder Kit and the WEN 10″ Variable-Torque Water Cooled Wet and Dry Sharpening System.

But that’s a limitation of what you’ll get in terms of quality and accessories.

Final Verdict

I have no doubts that this would be the most beneficial sharpening system to own. It has all areas covered, you need little or no skill to get your tools sharpened.

Take steps to own the Tormek T-8 if you can afford and be on your journey to enjoying a seamless and stress-free sharpening process that results in a precise and smooth finish.

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