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2 hours ago, Amateur Maker said:

It appears to me if you read the description of each the Tormek at twice the price still doesn't include jigs.  That is at least the way I read it.

I think if you check with a retailer like woodcraft, the tormeks do come with a few of the jigs.  Mine did.

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So what do you think about the Tormeks sharpening abilities for gouges?  Was it worth the money?  With the jigs, you received can you sharpen the gouges?  Anything else I should know about it would be nice.

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Im following this with interest too because I want to upgrade . There is also a diamond sharpening setup that “never” wears out and doesn’t require water . I don’t know where I saw it 

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1 hour ago, Amateur Maker said:

So what do you think about the Tormeks sharpening abilities for gouges?  Was it worth the money?  With the jigs, you received can you sharpen the gouges?  Anything else I should know about it would be nice.

Tormek will sharpen your gouges with a hollow grind. If you can work with that, great. I've used a tormek for over 20 years and I find it perfect for my needs and the way I work. My gouges are sharp. 

 

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As a current Rockler employee I can say that the Rikon is a waste of money. There is a giant seam on the stropping wheel, and the whole thing feels like it's going to collapse at any moment. We have a crap ton of them at my work and can't give them away. 

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10 hours ago, Nick Allen said:

As a current Rockler employee I can say that the Rikon is a waste of money. There is a giant seam on the stropping wheel, and the whole thing feels like it's going to collapse at any moment. We have a crap ton of them at my work and can't give them away. 

Well with that said I guess I should maybe look for a used Tormek.  A new one is sure pricey then there are the attachments.

Thanks for all the responses and opinions.

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40 minutes ago, Amateur Maker said:

Well with that said I guess I should maybe look for a used Tormek.  A new one is sure pricey then there are the attachments.

Thanks for all the responses and opinions.

I bought my Tormek 2000 from a wannabe bowl maker.  Probably only used once then sat in his garage for 7 years.  Quick search showed one in your area.  A little patience and one will turn up that you like for the price/quality you're looking for.

https://capecod.craigslist.org/search/tla?query=tormek

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