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Forum topic by Combo Prof posted 09-10-2015 04:59 PM 694 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2015 04:59 PM

I’m looking for a reasonably priced slow speed grinder to replace my high speed one.
Is the wen any good. Is there a better option?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)


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moke

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#1 posted 09-10-2015 06:08 PM

I have a Delta and a Rikon. Both are about 1800 rpm. The Delta was 170.00 and the Rikon I got on sale from Woodcraft for 99.00. Neither has good tools rests….but I use a wolverine and nova jig on them, so I didn’t care. The wheels on each left some to be desired, but the Rikon wheels were better. Never been around a Wen..but I had a friend that had a Wen DP and thought it was ok.
Just my .02
Mike

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#2 posted 09-10-2015 06:35 PM

Heard good things about the 99$ rikon. Please it comes with friable wheels. I think. If it does its a plus.

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#3 posted 09-10-2015 07:17 PM

Thanks moke. I do have the Veritas tool rests. so I am good there. I would probably buy norton friable wheels.

TheFridge If rikon has thought to add friable wheels then it would mean they may have actually designed their grinder for what we intend to use it for, so yes a plus.

Nearest woodcraft is a 5 to 6 hour drive, but the nearest lowes/menards/homedepot is 2 hours, so will likely have to have one shipped. Perhaps I wait for a free shipping sale.

Going to look at woodcraft web-page now. ...... Woodcraft has two rikon grinders one for $140 and the other is $220, none for $99.

Thanks for the advice so far.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 09-10-2015 07:43 PM

That $130 Rikon regularly goes on sale for $99, might be worth a wait.

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#5 posted 09-10-2015 08:00 PM

What he said

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#6 posted 09-10-2015 08:26 PM

I just got this one for $109

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Variable-Speed-Grinder-with-Light/T27305

3/4 hp and variable speed from 2000 to 3400 rpm. It is the best one I have ever had.

I had a local friend who bought the Rikon grinder for $99 used it for 2 days and sent it right back. I do not remember what problems he had with it.

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#7 posted 09-11-2015 02:09 AM

Yes Fridge and Fred I think I can wait. I’m still busy reorganizing and cleaning up the shop so that I can move my new workbench in and do the Bondo photo shoot. I am also trying to fit in a setup of my old dunlop lathe to turn some chisel handles. That and I am out of fun money for a month or so.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#8 posted 09-11-2015 07:37 PM

Don,
The Rikon comes with friable wheels….however one of them that came with mine was not great….I regularly balance my wheels and one was off. A couple of years ago, I went on this wheel balancing tirade. You will be surprised at how many wheels are off and how that can effect your sharpening, and it is easier to balance tha you think…..What ever you do throw those plastic bushing/adapters that come with Norton wheels as far as you can and get some metal bushings. I think I got them from either CUSA or Woodcraft….that will help a lot!!!!
Just my .02
Mike

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#9 posted 09-11-2015 08:40 PM

O.K. Thanks. I did the same for my High speed grinder and it helped a lot. Got the bushing from local True Value.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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