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Incredible Quality made in USA

Incredible Quality made in USA

11-08-2012 01:00 AM by JuniorJoiner | 21 comments »

Vintage Grinder-hand powered. If you do much sharpening, you know how valuable a hollow ground tool is. Using a low speed grinder is a way to grind your tool safely without losing the steel’s temper. Also, it is easier to grind accurately at low speed.Anyone who has attended inside passage school of fine cabinetmaking knows about hand crank grinders, and how wonderful it is to have a hollow ground blade to sharpen.the problem has always been finding a good quality grinder, as the han...

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Works like magic!!

Works like magic!!

01-10-2013 04:04 AM by jayman7 | 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 for...

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Grizzly 6" low-speed grinder (Shop Fox)

Grizzly 6" low-speed grinder (Shop Fox)

06-25-2010 01:29 AM by glassyeyes | 10 comments »

This item is currently on sale at Grizzly for $49.99 plus shipping, listed at about $110. It runs at 1725 rpm, and the motor is rated as 1/4 hp, totally enclosed and fan-cooled. It ran quite smoothly right out of the box. The left wheel is 3/4” wide, and coarse grit. The right wheel is 1 1/2” wide, and is white aluminum oxide medium grit. I did the rough grinding on several chisels with the wider wheel, and was very pleased. A number of my chisels and plane irons are in need ...

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Great product, excellent company.

Great product, excellent company.

12-07-2010 09:58 PM by dbhost | 14 comments »

Now you guys and gals know me, I am a bang for the buck kind of guy, and in order to separate my cheap fingers from those bucks, your product or service better offer some real tangible additional bang… Enter the OneWay Manufacturing Wolverine jig. I initially got this because I had no idea that PSI had a cheaper clone, and after a couple of frustrating plywood copies later, I opted for the steel of the Wolverine to avoid the flexing that was messing up my angles. To call the Wolve...

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Powertec + Wolverine FTW

Powertec + Wolverine FTW

09-04-2013 05:35 PM by Fettler | 5 comments »

I just received and setup my new Powertec slow speed grinder. It’s a 1/2 hp grinder that spins at 1725RPM. It comes with both 60grit and 120grit white aluminum oxide wheels (i may replace the 120grit wheel with a 60grit Norton). Total cost from Amazon was $92.09 shipped ($69.99 + $22.10 shipping). While the grinder is an import from China, It’s surprising pleasantly to use. I’m using a cast iron stand i purchased from Harbor Freight. The Powertec is replacing a Harbor Fre...

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Chicagoe Electric Flex Shaft Carver

Chicagoe Electric Flex Shaft Carver

11-18-2013 03:06 AM by Jim Jakosh | 25 comments »

I am not a carver but sometimes a project requires some carving or shaping and I have been doing it with a Dremel 4000. Well last week that thing got real hot when using a 3/4” shaping tool that I decided I needed one of those flex shaft carvers with a small stylus in my hand instead of the big Dremel. I think this job killed the Dremel because it does not wind up to top speed any more. So I looked at Wecheer carvers at $204 and 1/6 hp and Foredom’s at around $400 and I decide...

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The Tormek Grinder

The Tormek Grinder

07-18-2008 09:47 PM by lethentymill | 18 comments »

If, like me, you use traditional hand tools you know how important it is to sharpen them. The more work you do using your own motive force and wits the more you become aware of the value of a sharp chisel or saw. A conventional grinder, seen in engineering workshops, is not ideal for sharpening woodworking tools. The razor–edge that you are trying to create quickly overheats, goes blue and the steel loses its temper. It’s too late to dip it in water – the damage is done. The water wa...

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Oneway Wheel Balancing System

Oneway Wheel Balancing System

03-03-2010 11:18 PM by Padre | 7 comments »

I bought this Oneway Wheel Balancing System from Craft Supplies, it cost 62.99. I do a lot of wood turning tool sharpening. I have an inexpensive 2 speed grinder I bought from Woodcraft and it rocked, rattled and rolled, that’s for sure!! I put this on this afternoon, and you would think I have a Baldor grinder with special balanced wheels. What a difference this has made. I recommend this grinder attachment.

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Excellent grinder for the money.

Excellent grinder for the money.

09-16-2010 06:36 PM by dbhost | 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 ...

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Review of the Porter Cable 8" Grinder

Review of the Porter Cable 8" Grinder

11-10-2012 07:16 PM by thewoodworker01 | 6 comments »

Recently I just bought a grinder for the workshop to sharpen my lathe tools. I looked at other grinders and I could really only find a couple grinders with variable speed. This one has variable speed from 2000-3400 rpms. It is a great grinder. I have heard a lot of other people say that this grinder is junk. It isn’t. I have heard people saying that the motor turned over two times and it died. This hasn’t happened to me; I asked the salesman at Lowe’s if I could test the gri...

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