Basically you have two options:Andy777":24hssjbw said:Hi all, first post on here.
Just started wood turning and want an opinion on the best machine for sharpening tools.
Needs to be simple to set up!
Yes they are good.Aled Dafis":15ymwtfl said:If you have the money going spare I'd definitely reccomend the Sorby Proedge, I fought with sharpening my tools for years before buying one, and it was a revelation, I've never had my tools so sharp and it it's so repeatable. Sharpening my swept back bowl gouges now literally takes a minute and I know that they'll be sharp every time!
The naysayers will describe the Proedge as a glorified belt sander, and to be honest they'd be quite right, but it's so well made it makes using it so easy that you'll find yourself touching up your edges more often, and therefore your turnings will benefit no end.
Not with the Pro Edge as far as I'm aware it seems like Jacob is referring to not leaving a Belt Sander rather than a Pro Edge. If you use the machine for just sharpening tools it is quite safe but the danger comes in when you use the same belt sander for tools and wood.Andy777":ylvhlvkx said:So many belts and grits! Has there been many cases of fire!??
Sorry yes - Proedge is safe (er), in that it is open with no concealed corners for fires to start. But I recently managed to set fire to a screwed up little bundle of wire wool which happened to be in line with the sparks. Went off like a firework!James C":2f7e597k said:Not with the Pro Edge as far as I'm aware it seems like Jacob is referring to not leaving a Belt Sander rather than a Pro Edge. If you use the machine for just sharpening tools it is quite safe but the danger comes in when you use the same belt sander for tools and wood.Andy777":2f7e597k said:So many belts and grits! Has there been many cases of fire!??
We always had a separate bandsaw for metal at school with separate extraction for the same fire risk reason.
Fireworks use various metal powders, so you've often seen iron and aluminium burning.James C":2sryyvlb said:Our school techie always used to say that steel or aluminium particles when mixed in a cyclone on wood particles would cause a perfect storm for combustion due to static electricity or something. I know that any small place saturated with wood dust as well as aluminium flecks can't be very safe but I've never heard of this happening.
Not on coarse grits nor if used carefully on fine ones. It runs a lot cooler than my 6" grindwheel.Speaking of sparks does the Pro Edge cause the tips of tools to heat up, i wouldn't want to re-temper the blade.