|Forum topic by jdmaher||posted 07-20-2011 08:12 PM||2817 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
07-20-2011 08:12 PM
I want to add a bench grinder to my home shop.
I do HAVE a Tormek, which does a fine job honing – but it’s WAY to slow for actual grinding. I do plane irons and chisels, most frequently, and grinding is actually only an occasional thing with those (mostly, just hone and polish). But it does take FOREVER if I do have to grind, and I have less patience as I age. Also, there’s always other stuff that I wouldn’t even try on the Tormek for fear of dying of old age before I was done (e.g., gardening tools),
I’d LOVE to have an 8” Baldor – if anyone wants to GIVE it to me (hey, I’ll pay shipping!). But out here in the real world, I can’t afford that; and a couple months of watching eBay and Craig’s list (Chicago) have found ZERO hits. So, I guss I’m giving up on that.
I need something GOOD and reliable that I can set up once and use for years. I’m assuming I’ll buy something reasonably priced and add better stones.
So what’s it to be? Dewalt, Jet, Ryobi, Craftsman? I’ve read a lot (mostly here and Amazon), and I’m having a hard time determining a concensus opinion.
Replace the oem wheels with a Norton Blue and a Norton White? If necesary, with McMaster Carr 8491A562
I’m looking forward to specific recommendations anyone is willing to share. I’m hoping if I get enough input a concensus opinion might begin to reveal itself.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
-- Jim Maher, Illinois