|Review by Mark Colan||posted 01-05-2011 04:49 AM||5811 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
With Harbor Freight, it really pays to go into the store and see what you’re getting, because their product quality varies a lot. I looked first at their “universal tool stand” (big enough for a planer), and found it more than a bit flimsy, due to thin sheet metal construction.
But the bench grinder stand is very solid, made of steel that is 1/16 thick. The parts fit together with holes lining up perfectly, and the design makes the assembly very stable. The bolts and nuts were hard enough to stand up to tightening without breaking off (which happens with some HF hardware).
It is made for HF grinders. As such, the bench top was too small for my grinder. However, I intended to put a wood bench top on it anyway. This wasn’t entirely easy, because the mounting holes for my grinder were spaced close to the width of the bench top. For more info on how that came out, have a look at my Bench Grinder Workstation.
All in all, for $30 (and I think maybe $28 on sale), it was a great purchase.
-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA