I'm looking for a low-RPM motorized japanese waterstone sharpener along
the lines of the Makita that seems to be no longer available. Does
anyone have experience with any that are still commercially available?
I want to be able to do 13" planer knives like n the Makita.
I see you can find the Makita occasionally on Ebay, but the continued
availability of replacement stones is a concern... or not?
Just a general comment: Make sure whatever sharpener you get is
_rigid_. I've had poor experiences with tools like this because I
bought cheap off brands and they flexed.
I might get another one, but only if I paid enough for good quality.
You can tell a really good idea by the enemies it makes
Just to follow up- I thought the Makita was being discontinued because
Amazon listed it as "no longer available" a few weeks ago. I see it is
there once again, and also through Grizzley and Highland. $250-$280 On
the other hand there is a knockoff labeled "PowerFist" for $99 on Ebay.
Looks much lighter weight, especially in the blade holder.
makita is about the only thinking out there. grizzly has a grinder for planer
knives. it is horizontal and has a water drip but is high speed.
You can convert a makita to using sandpaper. the wheels are ok but for some
reason every wheel I have used on a makita gets a high spot on one side. I have
used several makita stones and other brands and even the only shapton stones and
they have all done this.
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