Grizzly bench grinder?

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Blog entry by frank71 posted 10-07-2007 02:34 AM 6809 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m looking to buy a bench grinder to sharpen hand tools, and I’m looking for a low RPM model that’s not too expensive. Grizzly’s got one for about $60 that I’m considering, but I’m wondering if anyone’s got any advice on that issue. I’ve heard mixed reviews on Grizzly. Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 03:06 AM

I have some Grizzly tools and get along fine with them, we even went to their Tent Sale at Springfield, MO this Spring. If I wanted a Grizzly slow bench grinder for sharpening I would look at the 6” grinder at 1750 rpm with a finer grit wider stone wheel.

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 03:35 AM

Might look at the $100 version of the worksharp....

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#3 posted 10-07-2007 04:18 AM

I have had no problems with Grizzly equipment and for 40 bucks less I would go with ir.

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#4 posted 10-07-2007 04:19 AM

I’ve been pleased with my Grizzly tools. A grinder is about the simplest of tools. Motor with a stone attached. Nothing to get misalligned

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#5 posted 10-09-2007 02:52 AM

Hello Frank,

I’ve been a professional woodturner for twelve years and I’ve used tools that cost and arm and a leg, and some that were for lack of a better term, el-cheapos. Some of the low priced grinders can be very good, but they usually come equipped with mediocre Carborundum wheels.

I use eight grinders in my studio (two 8” Baldors), one is low speed and the other is identical except it’s a high speed unit. They cost about $1,000.00 each with the new wheels. They work exceptionally well. I also have an 8” Jet high speed grinder that works very well, for 1/4 the price of the Baldors. I also have an old 6” high speed “Alltrade” el-cheapo grinder that works perfectly. It cost all of $39.00 when I bought it twelve years ago.

In addition to the dry grinders mentioned above, I have four Tormek 10” wet grinders. The Tormeks are such fine sharpening tools that it makes you want to go out into the studio and find a dull tool to sharpen. If you can’t find one, you drop one on the floor intentionally, just to have an excuse to fire up one of the Tormeks.

One thing to remember with low-priced grinders is that the wheels that are supplied with the units are sometimes so bad that you can’t use them, even if you use a wheel balancing jig. Thankfully, this is not the norm, but be prepared to replace one or both wheels if necessary. If you’re lucky, you might get a unit that runs like a top, straight out of the box.

However, you may also find that you can put a good set of Norton wheels on your Grizzly grinder and that puppy will sing like Pavarotti. You didn’t mention what type of hand tools you will be sharpening, so I can’t give specific recommendations on the wheels you’ll need, if you want to replace the factory originals… If you need help with that, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Bottom line, I would go with the Grizzly if it’s in your budget and spend the difference in what a higher priced grinder would have cost on some better wheels. Take care and all the best to you and yours!

Steve Russell
Eurowood Werks Woodturning Studio
The Woodlands, Texas

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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