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Tormek Comparison

Compare Tormek models - which model is right for you?

In the 40+ years that Tormek has been making wet­grind sharpeners, they have continuously improved their machines and jigs for ever increasing accuracy and consistency. All Tormek machines use long­life motors as the drive­train for the grindstone and leather stropping wheel. All models accept the full range of optional jigs and accessories to handle all of your sharpening needs. (Some jigs may have limited capabilities on the T-4.) You'll be able to get sharp edges on your tools and knives no matter which model you choose.

Sharpening with a Tormek

At the heart of every Tormek sharpener is a 220 grit aluminum oxide grinding wheel running at low speed in a water bath. Your tool's edge will stay nice and cool throughout the entire grinding operation so you won't risk overheating the steel and ruining the temper.

After grinding at 220 grit, you can grade the stone to 1000 grit and continue honing on the same wheel using the same jigs settings. Once you've ground the edge sharp, all of the Tormek models provide a leather wheel strop to give your edge a final hone for a razor sharp finish.

Model Differences

There are three major differences between the models: square edge jig, wheel size and motor duty rating.

  • Motor Duty — The T-8 Sharpener uses a motor rated for continuous duty. The T-4 Sharpener uses a motor rated for use 30 out of every 60 minutes. Unless you're running a sharpening service, the lower duty rating won't make any difference.
  • Wheel Size — The T-8 Sharpener uses a 10" wheel. The T-4 Sharpener uses an 8" wheel. The smaller wheel will put a slightly more pronounced hollow grind on the tool's edge.
  • Square Edge Jig — The T-8 Sharpener comes with the SE-77 Square Edge Jig. The T-4 Sharpener does not come with a square edge jig.The Square Edge Jig is used for sharpening plane irons and chisels and is very important for woodworkers. If you buy a T-4 for woodworking, you will need to purchase the Square Edge Jig separately.

See the specification chart below to compare details about the differences between the models. If you still have questions after reading through our guide, please call or email. Our expert staff will be happy to help.

Tormek Logo
Sharpener
Specifications
Tormek T-8 Tormek T-4
TORMEK T-8 TORMEK T-4
Housing Cast zinc top & frame
Sides in ABS plastic
Cast zinc top
& ABS plastic
Grindstone 250mm × 50mm
(10" × 2")
200mm × 40mm
(8" × 1-5/8")
Leather Honing Wheel 220mm × 31mm
(8-5/8" × 1-7/32")
145mm × 26mm
(5" × 1")
Scale for stone diameter Yes Yes
Drive wheel Zinc Plastic
Main shaft in stainless steel Yes Yes
Stone locking Stainless Steel
EzyLock
Composite
EzyLock
Water trough With screw lift, magnet,
water chute & scrape
Standard
Carrying handle Yes Yes
Quick coupling for
the honing wheel
Yes No
Hone with the Square Edge Jig
on the leather wheel?
Yes No
Motor – 115v, 60 Hz 200 W (input) 120 W (input)
Motor duty Continuous 30 min/hour
Running speed 100 RPM 120 RPM
Width
Depth
Height
270mm (10 5/8")
270mm (10 5/8")
330mm (12")
230mm (9 1/16")
200mm (7 7/8")
260mm (10 1/4")
Weight 14.8 kg(32.6 lbs) 8.0 kg(17.6 lbs)
Includes

Square Edge Jig

AngleMaster WM-200

Honing Compound PA-70

Leather Wheel Oil

Handbook

Tormek DVD

Truing Tool TT-50

Stone Grader SP-650

Accessory tray for storage

 
SE-77
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
None
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Optional Grindstones

Blackstone Silicon

Japanese Waterstone

 
Yes
Yes
 
No
Yes
Warranty 7 years 7 years
Metric specifications are binding. Imperial measurements are approximate.
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