By: jim hanna
Posted: 25 November 2013
The JET unit seems well built, the wheel is supposed to be trued at the factory so I didn’t use the diamond truing too before use. However I did true the wheel as I became familiar with the system as I felt it was slightly out of square, too little to notice on a grind across a chisel but I felt my plane blades needed the wheel to be trued.. The truing tool, which is not included with the basic system, should probably be regarded as essential. Even with this included in the price the JET system is still much cheaper than most competitors.
I didn’t like the DVD manual but that’s a personal thing, some people learn better by watching a video demo, others find text and diagrams easier. All the required information is there on the DVD and it’s an excellent guide to the unit but I found I had to watch it two or three times and make notes to make sure I got it right when I went out to the shed.
Getting a razor sharp edge is easy even for a novice. A wetstone sharpener may seem expensive but it was a big improvement to my woodworking experience, all my tools are sharp now and the ease and speed of using the Jet means they stay sharp.
Posted: 5 November 2013
I'd read a number of very good reviews of this machine before finally biting the bullet and ordering one. I waited six weeks for delivery (it was out of stock, although the website did not indicate this at the time of ordering) and was very eager to open the box when I finally got it. It is a great looking machine, with a number of really good features. However, within a few seconds of turning the machine on, it was obvious that there was something wrong with it. The was not a smooth sound to the motor, but rather an oscillating whirr which suggested that it was not running true. I checked the true of the wheel, and it seemed OK, and I even managed to sharpen a few tools with it, but it was very obvious that all was not well. It had a wobble on both the grinding wheel and the leather stropping wheel that made accurate grinding impossible.
Regretfully I called up Axminster and sent it back, believing it to be a bent drive shaft. Axminster promptly replaced the drive shaft it and sent it back to me. Within a seconds of starting the motor this time, the same whirring happened, and the wheel was visibly wobbling. Once again I sent it back to Axminster. Again, they claimed to fix it, and sent it back to me. Opened the box for the third time, switched on....same whirring, same wobbling. This time I returned it and asked for my money back.
Not really sure what to make of it all, as the defect was so obvious - I simply don't understand how it could have been missed on two separate occasions, and was shipped back to me as repaired. Hopefully this was just a one-off, but given the inability of the service department to deal with the fault, it might be indicative of deeper problems with quality/manufacture. Intending to get a tormek now instead, and giving this machine a wide berth.