|Review by dbhost||posted 09-16-2010 06:36 PM||8702 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
When I had decided on the Wolverine jig system for my tool sharpening needs, I more or less knew I needed an 8” grinder as the wheels on my 6” were pretty narrow… Upon reviewing the recommended grinder speed on the owners manual of the Wolverine Jig System (Page 1, lower right hand corner), and seeing that THEY recommended an 8” 3450 rpm grinder, I decided to do a little digging on what grinders I wanted. I see a LOT of folks going with the multi speed, and slow speed grinders for sharpening, but decided that Oneway were supposed to be the experts, so I limited myself to 3450 rpm models.
Now I was replacing a Ryobi BGH-616, which I really liked. And the BGH-827 was on sale at the time, so I jumped on it.
- Strong motor gets up to speed quickly, and does not bog down easily.
- Magnifier build in to one of the eye shields.
- Coolant tray for keeping work pieces cool.
- Built in work lights over each wheel.
- Out of the box, it runs smooth as butter.
- OEM gray wheels tend to grind hot. The are great for keeping an edge on lawn mower blades, but not my turning tools.
- Tool rests adjust with toothed stops, which makes for fantastic hold to the tool rest, but severely limits adjustability.
Both of the bad issues were addressed by adding on a set of Norton white oxide wheels, and the Wolverine Grinding Jig.
The rude surprise.
- The Norton white oxide wheels, which were added to make the grind MUCH cooler than the OE gray wheels, are universal fit models, that ship with LOUSY plastic bushings, that must be stacked one within another, creating a LARGE amount of slop to the wheel, this made the wheel very out of balance, and in turn, made the grinder vibrate violently. This problem is NOT a problem with the grinder itself, but rather the aftermarket wheels. Steel machine bushings from McMaster Carr took the place of the Norton plastic bushings, and the wheel was in turn trued up using a Geigers Dressing and Truing Solution tool. This was an expensive fix, but can be used repeatedly. I have already trued up wheels on 6 grinders so far…
- For what the grinder is intended to do, it is as close to perfect as you can get right out of the box. For a woodworkers use however, a bit of work, and unfortunately money, is in order to make it dead on right. Since I have put the work into mine, it is silky smooth, and takes no time to touch up a gouge or skew…. This is well worth the money.
-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com