|Review by DHS||posted 05-21-2012 10:09 PM||10785 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
Executive summary: Cheap tool and not recommended.
Tired of grinding plane irons and chisels on my bench grinder while repeatedly quenching them in an old coffee cup nearby, but dismayed at the price of the Tormek system, I paid $90.00 for the Grizzly T10097 8-inch grinder with water bath, tool rest and leather stropping wheel. I got what I paid for. I’ll cut to the chase. The housing is plastic. A grinder with a plastic housing? The motor shaft runs through a bushing that fits onto the plastic housing. The grinding wheel rides on the shaft between two washers and it is held in place with an arbor nut. If the nut is loose, the grinding wheel wobbles. Tightening it against the bushing deforms the plastic housing and it still wobbles. I never could get the wheel to turn smoothly. The machine is simply too cheaply made to serve as a precision grinder/sharpener.
I took the grinder back to the Grizzly store and they were very nice. In my experience, Grizzly customer service has always been very good. The clerk who had sold me the grinder brought out another one for comparison. When switched on, the second grinder emitted a horrible high-pitched noise. It also had a chipped grinding wheel. Yikes. Grizzly refunded my money. Grizzly sells a higher-priced version, the 10-inch T10010. I examined the floor model and it appears to be much sturdier than its younger, cheaper brother. And it has a metal housing. But, they were out of stock at the Bellingham store. I’ll pick one up when the store is restocked and write another review comparing it to the 8-inch T10097. In the meantime, I’ll stick with my dirty coffee cup.
-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA