Tormek have released the T8 grinder for the ultimate in sharpening. Available in Australia in July 2016.
While the changes over the T7 are probably not enough to make all T7 owners want to run out to get one, if you are in the market for a new grinder, the T8 is definitely worth considering.
They are currently available on pre-order from Ideal Tools.
The changes include a repositionable water trough, useful for the changing dimensions as the grinding wheel wears (of course, you have to do a fair bit of grinding to wear the wheel away! Mine is still pretty close to original dimensions. There again, if I used it more, I’d have sharper tools too. Doh!)
The body is now cast zinc, and the drive wheel is also zinc.
The body is enclosed, and there is better splash and run-off management (and that is a good thing – I get quite a river happening after a long sharpening session!)
While many still struggle with the whole concept of a wet stone grinder costing north of a $1000, for those who have been able to justify the expenditure, there is no question about just how good the machine is in achieving its purpose in life. Ultimate sharpness.
More detail can be found on the Tormek website