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M Power  Bench Stones

When I accept tools for review I agree to test them in real shop use for at least 20 hours. This doesn’t sound like a long time and in many cases it’s considerably more than necessary. Twenty hours of sharpening with a new system is a bit much but this is what we choose to do to find potential flaws in a tool.

Over the last five months we have tested a new set of diamond stones from M-Power Tools. The generously sized new 8” Diamond Cross Bench Stones are wonderfully made as are most of the tools we have tested from M Power. In this lot were a set of double sided, laminated diamond plates with a 300 grit coarse side and a 1000 grit fine side, along with a couple of double side files and cards with a 300 grit coarse side and a 600 grit fine side.

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This Old Workshop began our tool tests back in 1995. Since that time we have reviewed a long list of tools, jigs and supplies. Now our tests are preformed in our Clovis, California location. . When testing we take into consideration many aspects including performance, price for value, shop necessity.

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  1. Did the equipment perform as well as the manufactor says it should?
  2. Is it easy to use, adjust and clean?
  3. Is it well built?
  4. Is the overall quality of the equipment up to standards?
  5. Is this a tool that will last and hold up under use?

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  2. Is the price worth paying for in exchange for time savings?
  3. Is maintenance, or supplies too expensive?
  4. How does the price and quality relate to the competition?
  5. Does the tool retain its resale value?

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  3. Is this tool going to collect dust? or be a favorite tool?

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