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    Gotta go Spend Some Money - need help

    My family just gave me a $215 Amazon.com gift certificate.
    So -- I gotta go spend it.

    Here are a few things I am thinking of.

    Drill Doctor 750 or 500
    I actually don't care about the ability of custom drill point angles - which is the biggie special feature on the 750. BUT - I do like that is can scarpen up to 3/4 without buying the adapter. I really could use a drill sharpener. For all intents and purposes, I beleive the 500 and the 750 are about the same

    http://www.drilldoctor.com/pilot.asp?pg=compare-models

    The link is for the comparison only

    Price comparison wise
    D500 machine-3/4 adapter-extra wheel = about 160
    d750 machine and extra wheel == about 160

    So price wise it's a no brainer

    BUT -- does anyone have one - do you like it - do you use it?

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    Grizly slow speed wet grinder

    http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-T10010...d=R8K6C5BK5JZQ

    REALLY - I am most interested in being able to sharpen my jointer knives and my planer knives - not sure this is even going to do that for me - yes I could get the accessories - but??

    I am quite OK with the scary sharp for plane blades and chisels. I am also skilled enough that I can use a bench grinder for lathe tools and other stuff.

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    Work Sharp grinder

    http://www.amazon.com/Work-Sharp-WS3...d=R8K6C5BK5JZQ


    again - same comments as the Griz slow grinder

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    COMMENTS ?????

    Leo

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    Use my DD frequently. Consider an important tool in my shop. Mine is a 500, wish it were a 750.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Use my DD frequently. Consider an important tool in my shop. Mine is a 500, wish it were a 750.

    WHY - do you wish it was a 750?

    Seems to me they are the same - but the 750 has a couple of - what I consider almost insignificant differences.

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    Just for my interest, why do you feel you need a drill bit sharpener? I only use my bits in wood and they last a long time. For what a DD costs, I can buy a lot of replacement bits. Seems like what you want is a friend who has a DD (or equivalent) and you pay him/her for the use of it when you need to sharpen.

    I probably don't replace 3 bits per year, and those are usually small bits that I break (leave the bit in the drill and then knock over the drill, breaking or bending the bit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    WHY - do you wish it was a 750?

    Seems to me they are the same - but the 750 has a couple of - what I consider almost insignificant differences.
    Can do larger than 1/2". That is important to me.

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    I like my Drill Doctor, since I've inherited oodles of old bits over the years, and it has allowed me to dress them up and use them. But Jim does have a point...I could have bought quite a few bits for the cost of the Drill Doctor.

    Leo, for what it's worth, I've had my DD for 4+ years and haven't felt the need to replace the sharpening wheel in it yet.

    Personally, I'd pass on the Grizzly wet grinder. From what I've read, it can be tweaked some and turned into a decent grinder, but you'll still want the Tormek jigs for sharpening (especially jointer knives). I think by the time you get everything you need, you could pay for quite a few commercial sharpenings.

    I've got a Worksharp 3000, and I'm not sure I'd want to do jointer knives on it, either. I there a jig for them available, or would you be freehanding them?
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    DONE

    I ordered the 750

    I do drill more than wood

    Yes they are inexpensive to replace -- uh, sometimes

    I do have some solid carbide drills

    Usually when you need a sharp drill to do a job - is when you find out you have a dull drill - no time to run to the store.

    I also have a really nice set of Cobalt parabolic drills and a couple need to be resharped.

    I also have drills over 1/2 diameter

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