Hand powered vintage bench grinder restore
with a smile to swirts 1/8 HP motor…
I fell over this sweet hand powered grinder and spend a good hour restoring it.
Now it runs like a new, actually I’m quite surprised how well and easy it runs after the restore since I never tried one before.
When it arrived it looked fine, but quite tired, and was really hard to turn.
So I disassembly it and found out it was an extremely simple construction, with few parts.
So all I needed was to make some cleanup, I used motor wash, then WD40 and a tooth brush.
There were a piece of the cast iron that had broken, and when I opened it up, it fell off.
Since it will not be stressed, and there were a clean break, I decided just to glue it with epoxy.
So a real careful clean and acetone at the end to make sure the iron was all de greased, and then a two component epoxy glue, this should hold.
The grinder was then greased with a clear car grease at all moveable parts, put together again, and the I gave the outside a thin layer of bees wax, to rust proof.
The last part was to clean and correct the stone, really fast and easy.
Here just a close up of the ‘sexy’ logo.
And I guess I focused on the grease nipple…
Now I can grind where ever I go!
(At least in my little garden).
Ohhh yes I got it at E-bay France, the price was a crazy 6 Euro / 8 dollar! So not too many thoughts.
Got another wonderful bench grinder of EBay!
It’s a Peugeot, yes the car producer. They made tools, pepper mills and other stuff in the old days.
The stone is brand new, with the original marks and no wear.
Aren’t that sweet?
The logo, and as you can see a mint condition.
Will I use this grinder?
Yes, I will use this one in Paris for my tools there.
This blog is made with my thoughts smiling for Swirts 1/8 HP motor, you really rock! (just wonderful).
Hope the blog can bring smiles, and for me some sharp irons…
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.