I have to agree with Tod on this one.
Why the fixation to throw money at the problem (this is not an attack on any one person, especially Bartee) I see it on every forum I've ever been at, buy this buy that new fangled jig etc.
Do these things work? Certainly some of them so, and well, but do you need to put out the mega bucks to get a sharp edge?
I have a flat (enough) granite tile that is about 14" square, I use the scary sharp system on this, it really works on things like flattening the sole of a plane, or the backs of a badly worn chisel. I also have waterstones, and like Toni says, they work really well, and I like working with water, more than oil, as the clean up is easy
I also made myself a power strop, after Tod suggested it, it works very well, and I get a great hair shaving edge from this.
Learn to sharpen by hand, I know it is not easy, at first, but nothing worthwhile ever is
Now if you have the funds and the inclination to buy a motorized system, please do, I'm sure it will work well, and give you a great edge.
Bartee, if you get a system, we expect a full write up and pictures
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward