Probably dangerous, for a number of reasons. If the machine's not designed for the job, then the likely higher than Tormek speed combined with water, which can possibly infiltrate the stone in an uneven manner, as well as being a solvent, could result in the wheel disintegrating (think shrapnel). Also, adding water to a machine not designed to operate near water? Well, that one probably doesn't need explaining... :shock:
Seems like with a Tormek though, you're mostly paying for those dedicated stones, so improvising a machine using their wheels isn't really worth it either.
It runs nice and slow at 120 rpm with an 8 inch by 40 m/m wheel. Designed for water and at less than 30 quid what more could anyone want. It lends itself to all sorts of possibilities for making your own grinding jigs. I bought one a few weeks ago but have not got round to doing anything with it yet. Just another one on the back burner waiting for a tuit. I have only turned it on and all I can say is that it is very quiet and smooth so for thirty quid anything else will be a bonus anyway.
John, I had a look at one of these in a friend's shop - he used only the high speed grindstone. At the time, I had not seen this Axminster version and so had not read these words that form part of the catalogue description.
"with a little ingenuity some form of home-made rest could be constructed allowing more controlled grinding to be carried out."
For the life of me, I could not figure the positioning of the water bath which seemed completely wrong. Evidently, it is completely wrong - unless all you want is a knife grinder and Axminster have not figured out a solution yet it would seem!
When you complete your tuit, I should be interested to see what sort of tool rest you have come up with so I can advise my friend.
When I get around to it I will surely write a bit about it. The reason for buying it, is for grinding chisels and plane irons. Such a slow running grinder is a bargain in my opinion. The water trough as it is, will quite lightly end up in the bin, or at the very least be cut down on the top. The idea is to build something originating from the base of the grinder coming up each side of the wheel for rigidity that a bar can be fixed to, to enable a sliding jig to operate across the top of the wheel. I am not thinking of a quick fix here more an ongoing project that if all goes well will give me complete control of the grinding process. So you see the grinder as it is is just the heart of the system providing the power and at this stage the wheel. As for the fast wheel I have already bought a hard felt wheel for it to do the polishing. Unfortunately due to being away from home for the next few weeks this project will only develop on the drawing board (Autocad), but as previously mentioned I will certainly let you know the good and the bad of my efforts.
All the best Chris and look forward to the next instalment on the chair to which I am totally hooked.
I had a look at the comments re the axminster grinder and agree the price is right but will wait until a jig type setup has been created.
The pricing of some grinders reminds me of out two daughters who each have a Rolex watch, I make do with a cheapie I purchased over 12 years ago from a ring road type market outlet for around £3, and my watch tells the time just the same!!!
For about £2500 less.