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Why buy a Tormek grinder?

Since 1973, Tormek has been dedicated to developing the best sharpening solutions for different types of edge tools. Providing innovative and user-friendly products of the highest quality is, and has remained, fundamental to us. Regardless if you are a professional craftsman, cook or do-it-yourselfer, a Tormek helps you to keep your tools sharp, which in turn increases the quality of your work.

The common denominator amongst our users is commitment to their work, combined with the understanding that sharp tools are the key to their desired result. Many new Tormek users are surprised to see the difference they get in their results when using an edge sharpened and honed on a Tormek. Others appreciate the amount of time they save to get their desired sharpness, thanks to the motor doing the job, which is also gentle on the wrists and shoulders.

We currently offer three different machine models, all of them carefully designed and adapted to their respective audience and type of use. Common to all our machines is that they are equipped with a powerful industrial motor and, in every aspect, built based on our demands for high quality and functionality.

The Tormek way of sharpening is both gentle and highly effective in keeping the edge to an optimal shape. Also, our ambition is to make user-friendly machines from which you get a result that inspires and increases confidence. Imagine being able to sharpen an edge whenever needed. How would that benefit your work?

Tormek machine models

For the all-around user
The Tormek models T-4 and T-8 prove that simplicity and precision can be perfectly integrated in a powerful, versatile system. These models are the foundation of the Tormek Water Cooled Sharpening System and are compatible with our range of jigs and accessories. The larger model, Tormek T-8, has a 250 mm (10”) grindstone while the compact Tormek T-4 has a 200 mm (8”) grindstone. The more powerful motor on the T-8 will enable you to remove steel and reshape edges more quickly than the T-4. Both models come with The Tormek Original Grindstone, which is especially developed to offer the best combination of effective grinding, smooth surface finish and a long stone life.

These versatile machines are the ultimate for sharpening a variety of tools, such as knives, scissors, chisels, planer blades, drills bits, gouges and woodturning tools. The grindstone rotates slowly throughout the sharpening, which makes the machine safe to use and eliminates the risk of overheating the steel.

Knife sharpening for the professional kitchen
Tormek T-2 is only intended for knife sharpening. The machine is especially optimised to meet the chef’s demand for sharpness and user friendliness. It comes with a 200 mm (8”) diamond wheel, which, with a patented guidance system, gives a top result quickly and easily. The Tormek T-2 is not compatible with Tormek’s other selection of jigs and accessories.

Find the model that best suits your needs
Comparing size and specifications is a good start to find out which model best suits your needs. You can use Tormek machine model comparison chart (below) for an easy overview of our machines. You can also read more detailed information on each model’s product page.

10 reasons to own a Tormek

1. Sharpen all your edge tools
With the wide range of unique and patented Tormek jigs and machines, you can sharpen practically any type of edge tool. Tormek is dedicated to developing sharpening systems through innovative solutions.

2. Exact replication
The key word when sharpening with Tormek is repeatability. You can shape the tool exactly to your needs. Even complicated shapes such as fingernail turning gouges, spoon carving gouges and oval skew chisels with a radiused edge are easily sharpened. This means that when it’s time to sharpen your tool next time you can easily repeat the previous shape.

3. Cleanest edge
You finish the sharpening process by honing and polishing the edge on the honing wheel. On the Tormek T-4 and T-8, you use the leather honing wheel along with the honing compound which will gently remove the burr. The Tormek T-2 Knife Sharpener has a specially developed composite wheel with integrated polish for final polishing of the edge, which gives the knife a very sharp edge.

4. Fast sharpening
Once the shape is created, you only remove a fraction of the steel when re-sharpening, which makes it a quick job. Furthermore, the Tormek T-2 Knife Sharpener is designed to meet to professional’s demand for an even faster sharpening.

5. Full control
At the low speed, you have full control of the sharpening and remove no more steel than necessary. An extra benefit is that your tools will last much longer.

6. No risk of overheating
Thanks to the low speed on all our machines, there is no risk that the edge becomes overheated and loses its hardness. On the Tormek T-4 and T-8, the edge is continuously cooled with water during the sharpening. On the Tormek T-2, the fine-grained diamond wheel and slow rotation prevent the edge from becoming overheated.

7. Powerful motor and unique gear system
The industrial Tormek motor maintains an ideal RPM, regardless of load. The reliable self-adjusting gear design ensures you always get the right torque, without excessive force and wear to the system.

8. Efficient grinding wheels
The unique composition of the Tormek grinding wheels has been thoroughly tested to offer the best combination of efficient steel removal, smooth surface finish and long stone life. The Original grinding stone, which comes with Tormek T-8 and T-4, has a composition that gives you two different cutting actions in the same stone, when using the Stone Grader SP-650. The fine-grained diamond wheel on the Tormek T-2 provides a sharp edge and an effective steel removal. We also offer alternative grinding wheels for different applications.

9. Safe and quiet
No sparks are produced that can be a fire hazard in workshops with a lot of wood dust. You will also find that the Tormek runs surprisingly quietly. On the water cooled sharpening machines (T-4 and T-8), worn steel particles are deposited into the water trough. On the knife sharpener (T-2), there is a magnet that collects all the steel particles during the sharpening.

10. Quality and performance
The Tormek system is the original in water cooled sharpening. Our machines have been used in workshops around the world for more than 40 years, and in the process earned a reputation for their versatility and dependability. Buying a Tormek is an investment in quality and performance, with a 8-year warranty.

Sharpening machines

User friendly sharpening machines which give perfect results

Tormek’s sharpening machines are designed for every job where sharp results are important. The powerful Tormek T-8 and T-4 are the foundation of the water cooled sharpening system that allows you to sharpen practically any type of edge tool. The Tormek T-2 Knife Sharpener is designed for the professional kitchen and is ideal when one or multiple chefs quickly need to sharpen knives to a top result.

Common to all our machines is that the user is in full control and gets the best result. A Tormek sharpening system will extend the useful lifetime of a broad range of tools used in woodworking, kitchens, gardens, art studios and elsewhere. So regardless if you are a professional craftsman, cook or do-it-yourselfer, a Tormek is for you if you want to achieve a sharp and long-lasting result.

Machine
Comparison
Tormek T-8 Profi grinderTormek T-8 Custom grinderTormek T-4 grinderTormek T-4 Bushcraft grinderTormek T-2 grinder
Areas of use A versatile wet sharpening system that is perfect for sharpening all types of edge tools Customize your own water cooled sharpening system A versatile wet sharpening system that is perfect for sharpening all common types of edge tools A versatile wet sharpening system that is perfect for sharpening all common types of edge tools Knife sharpening in the professional kitchen
Can sharpen a broad range of edge tools Yes Yes Yes Yes No, only kitchen knives
Compatible with Tormek's range of jigs and accessories Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Motor duty Continuous Continuous 30 min/hour 30 min/hour 30 min/hour
Warranty 8 years (5+3 years after registration) incl. commercial use 8 years (5+3 years after registration) incl. commercial use 7 years. When used for commercial, industrial or educational purpose the warranty is 2 years. 7 years. When used for commercial, industrial or educational purpose the warranty is 2 years. 7 years. When used for a professional sharpening service the warranty is 2 years.
Delivered with:
Grinding wheel Tormek Original Grindstone 250×50 mm (10"×2") - Tormek Original Grindstone 200×40 mm (8"×1 5/8") Tormek Original Grindstone 200×40 mm (8"×1 5/8") Tormek Fine-Grained Diamond Wheel 200×40 mm (8"×1 5/8")
Honing wheel Genuine Leather 220×31 mm (8 5/8"×1 7/32") - Genuine Leather 145×26 mm (5"×1") Genuine Leather 145×26 mm (5"×1") Composite 160×30 mm (6-5/16"×1-3/16")
Guidance system for knife sharpening - - - - Yes
Square Edge Jig SE-77 Yes - - - -
SVM-45 Knife Jig - - - Yes -
SVA-170 Axe Jig - - - Yes -
AngleMaster WM-200 Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Honing Compound PA-70 Yes - Yes Yes No, the honing wheel has integrated polish
Tormeks' Handbook on Water Cooled Sharpening Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Tormek DVD Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Truing Tool TT-50 Yes - - - -
Stone Grader SP-650 Yes - Yes Yes -
Accessory tray for storage Yes - - - -
Technical Specifications:
Housing Precision cast zinc top and frame. Sides in ABS plastic. Precision cast zinc top and frame. Sides in ABS plastic. Precision cast zinc head. ABS plastic. Precision cast zinc head. ABS plastic. Precision cast zinc head. ABS plastic.
Scale for grinding wheel diameter Yes Yes Yes Yes -
Drive wheel Zinc Zinc Plastic Plastic Plastic
Main shaft in stainless steel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grinding wheel locking Stainless steel EzyLock Stainless steel EzyLock Composite EzyLock Composite EzyLock Composite EzyLock
Water trough With screw lift, magnet, water chute and scraper. With screw lift, magnet, water chute and scraper. Standard Standard No. Dry grinder.
Carrying handle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Quick coupling for the honing wheel Yes Yes - - -
Motor 230 V 1~ 50 Hz 200 W (input) 200 W (input) 120 W (input) 120 W (input) 120 W (input)
Motor 115 V 1~ 60 Hz 200 W (input) 200 W (input) 120 W (input) 120 W (input) 120 W (input)
Running speed 90 RPM (US 100 RPM) 90 RPM (US 100 RPM) 120 RPM 120 RPM 120 RPM
Width 270 mm (10 5/8") 270 mm (10 5/8") 230 mm (9 1/16") 230 mm (9 1/16") 240 mm (9 1/2")
Depth 270 mm (10 5/8") 270 mm (10 5/8") 200 mm (7 7/8") 200 mm (7 7/8") 210 mm (8 1/4")
Height 330 mm (12") 286 mm (11 1/4") 260 mm (10 1/4") 260 mm (10 1/4") 285 mm (11 1/4")
Weight excl. packing 14.8 kg (32.6 lbs) 9.3 kg (21 lbs) 8.0 kg (17.6 lbs) 8.0 kg (17.6 lbs) 6.3 kg (13.8 lbs)
Optional grindstones T-8 and T-4:
Blackstone Silicon SB-250 Yes Yes - - -
Japanese Waterstone SJ-250 Yes Yes - - -
Japanese Waterstone SJ-200 - - Yes Yes -
Optional diamond wheels T-8 and T-4:
Diamond Wheel Coarse DC-250 Yes Yes - - -
Diamond Wheel Fine DF-250 Yes Yes - - -
Diamond Wheel Extra Fine DE-250 Yes Yes - - -
Optional diamond wheels T-2:
Diamond Wheel Coarse DWC-200 - - - - Yes
Diamond Wheel Fine DWF-200 - - - - Yes