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New to Review #1: New Grizzly wet grinder arrived today

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Finally I’ve been able to move off the high speed bench grinder that I initially messed my turning tools up on and was able to get this little Grizzly.

This evening I used it for the first time and WOW. After I finished sharpening and honing on the strop wheel the edges were so much sharper and polished than they were before. I’ll post a review as I use it more and the excitement of having a new “toy” wears off. :) So far though I’m very impressed.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."



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WayneC

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#1 posted 1118 days ago

Sounds useful. Can you use Tormek attachments with it? Also, why did you post this in your blog instead of the reviews section?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 1118 days ago

Sounds useful.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1118 days ago

I’m curious too to hear what you think after you’ve used it for awhile; I’ve heard mixed reviews about it with regard to people having a lot of wheel wobble with it. Did you replace the stock grinding wheel?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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SSMDad

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#4 posted 1118 days ago

Wayne: I’ve never used the Tormek (mainly because I can’t afford $300+ for a sharpener) so I’m not sure about it. I doubt it though because this is just a little grinder ($90). Also I posted it here because I don’t have enough impression of it yet to form a complete review. I sharpened the turning chisels this evening but haven’t had a chance to test them out on my oak blanks yet.

Tomorrow I plan to do that as well as sharpen some of my old carbon steel bench chisels and my Japanese chisels, then my plane irons. After that I should have enough information to make a more educated review.

CJ: It’s already done well compared to the old high speed grinder.

Rob: I didn’t replace the stock grinding wheel (mainly because I don’t have the $ left to do so) but the one I received seemed to run smooth with no wobble, even under load. I’ll have to see when I start the bench chisels and irons tomorrow and will let you know.

Thanks for reading and commenting guys! Much appreciated.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1118 days ago

It looked to me like a Tormak clone. Which is why I was asking. I know that some of the clones can use Tormak Jigs. Will be curious to see your results.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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SSMDad

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#6 posted 1117 days ago

Well I have to say after sharpening my HSS turning chisels last night and trying them out today on some REALLY hard oak, I’m impressed. (especially since I’m still bumbling through learning to sharpen) They cut the wood like the proverbial knife through butter! Streams were flying off and chips went everywhere from the roughing gouge!

I also sharpened some bench and carving chisels today and my little gouge (which was dull as could be) easily pushed through some cherry I was using to experiment on.

Finally I sharpened this carbon steel English bowl gouge I picked up at an antique store for $1. It too was dull as could be.I mean seriously dull. When I finished and used it on another piece from the same oak log, the chips just flew.

Extremely impressed with this little grinder so far.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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bdjohns1

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#7 posted 1112 days ago

I’ve got one of the Grizzly 10” grinders. It’s a rebranding of the German Scheppach wet grinder. Jet and Tormek accessories will fit fine on the 10” I assume they’ll work on the 8” as well.

The one thing I don’t like is that the wheel arbor seems to have a bit of wobble to it – i’ll have to see if I can compensate. Still, a good tool for sharpening turning tools and doing basic grinding on temperature-sensitive metals.

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1112 days ago

Wayne, my JET clone will take Tormek. I always pay the premium for the Tormek attachments because I believe them of better quality. I like the JET machine better than my Tormek, however. This looks like a nice little grinder for the money. I would definitely consider this if I didn’t already have one. Note that this grinder is much less than a replacement stone for the JET/Tormek.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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bdjohns1

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#9 posted 1107 days ago

I’ve got a mix of Jet and Tormek accessories myself. In my case, the mix is frugality – my local Woodcraft had all of the Jet accessories on clearance for 20-40% off, so I got what I could that way, and get the rest as Tormek accessories.

-- Ben - resident cheese whiz.

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SSMDad

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#10 posted 1101 days ago

Have to say that after using this for a while I have mixed feelings though its probably a fault on my part vs. the machine. It does a good job sharpening turning tools, bench chisels, planer blades, etc. but the grooves do seem to form fairly quickly in the wheel.

The diamond dresser that I ordered with it doesn’t seem to be able to smooth it down. On the contrary, the wheel has rubbed a flat edge on the dresser.

So now until I can find another way of flattening the stone, I’m outa luck. :(

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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