|Forum topic by lwllms||posted 03-14-2012 12:17 AM||7198 views||1 time favorited||8 replies|
03-14-2012 12:17 AM
I think the Luther “Best Maide” grinders were about as good as they got. They originally came with a double grit wheel. The more coarse grit was for normal grinding and the fine grit was for honing. The grinder tilts so the side of the wheel is horizontal for honing. Over the years, there were a number of models of these and some are better than others. I don’t know the different model numbers off the top of my head so I won’t try to give them.
I’ve been working on modifying one for some special grinding. I picked this one up pretty reasonably because it was missing the wheel and tool rest. I’ve installed a 1” X 36 grit wheel and made a tool rest for it from machined 3 1/2” X 3 1/2” X 1/4” steel angle. I also added lever type knobs for quick adjustment.
Here’s another model with the original wheel and the somewhat difficult to find wrap around tool rest. This model is a hassle because you need a wrench for the tilt adjustment.
This is another model and one of the best, it’s just a little heavier duty than the others. This one has a tool rest that doesn’t wrap around the wheel but I think buyers had their choice of tool rests.
There are at least three more models of these. I don’t have access to them for photos. All of them can sell for relatively high prices if they have the original wheel and tool rest or if they’ve been put into working condition by adding a grinding wheel and/or tool rest.