|Review by jayman7||posted 01-10-2013 04:04 AM||3926 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I have endured years of having a completely unbalanced grinder to sharpen my turning tools. I tried truing the wheel on the front edge and side, putting shims to get rid of the wobble, and adjusting the bushings so the wheel sits dead center. Every attempt to eliminate vibration have failed. I spent countless hours trying to prevent the grinder from literally walking off the table and taking every tool with it while it vibrated. The vibrations were so loud against the table that I was forced to use ear protection. It drove me absolutely nuts. You have no idea.
I finally bit the bullet and spent $70 to get rid of the problem once and for all. Did it work perfectly? Yes. Was it worth it even with the steep price? YES! When I turned on the grinder after balancing each wheel, I was pretty hesitant but there was no vibrations to speak of. There was just that gentle hum that I see in all the professional woodworking videos. Wow!! Small price to pay for my sanity
Balancing took a little bit of time but it was relatively painless. The one hiccup was that one of my wheels were so uneven that the standard three balancing washers was not beefy enough to balance it. I had to use three larger washers instead and that was just barely enough to get the wheel to stay in any position.
The system also comes with very solid, machined flanges to eliminate the use of those pieces of $#!! plastic bushings that Norton sells with every wheel. The system also gives you two perfectly machined washers to use in place of the metal cupped washers that come with the grinder. This allows the flanges to mate up with the washers perfectly.
I expect the fresh grinds on my gouges to be more refined, leaving a sharper cutting edge and ultimately giving me a smooth cut on the wood. Can’t wait to try it out!
Bottomline: If you’re tired of your loud, vibrating grinder, do your sanity a favor and buy this kit.