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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 06-01-2012 12:12 AM 2209 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-01-2012 12:12 AM

Since I’m in the market for a new, or different bench grinder, I thought this a good opportunity to survey you fellars on what type bench grinder you use for hollow grind sharpening. To start, I’ve been using a 60 year old Cman 1/2 hp 3450 rpm 6” bench grinder for years. A few years ago I purchased a Veritas tool rest, which is finicky and clunky for my old fingers, but I have repeatability, most of the time. I switched to a white wheel long ago and will use the old Cman for lawnmower blades and fingernails.

Do you prefer a 6” or 8” and why. Is a 6” slow speed the way to go for the average hobby woodworker? I’m considering the Grizzly wet grinder. Should I take the plunge and go wet? The Tormak is out of range for the forseeable future. Does HF still make a wet grinder and is it worth consideration?

Your input will help me make a decision!!!

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 12:40 AM

If you’re not going to get a Tormex, forget a wet grinder and go for the 8” slow speed grinder. You can check the blogs and although some have expressed satisfaction with other wet grinders, there are a lot who relate regret. Also, check out the tool review by fellow LJ “TheDude50”’s blog and tests at his website on sharpening machines, Woodcraft has their 8”slow speed on sale right now but again, some like it and some don’t. Short of dropping a bucket load on a Baldor grinder, it boils down to “you pays your money and you takes your chances.” My grinder is a 40+ year old Craftsman 7” grinder, but it runs and I rarely use it, preferring my Tormex (old green model). You might keep an eye on CL for a bargain on a Tormex—my best recommendation.

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 01:42 AM

Have you considered the worksharp? I would go with that or the Grizzly wet grinder!

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 01:45 AM

I bought a 6” Palmgren from Sears which I really like. It has dust collection and variable speed for slow or normal grinding. It is very solid and takes about a minute to run down after turned off due to the quality bearings. It was not expensive but it was also not cheap. Always remember, you get what you pay for.

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 01:50 AM

I have a 6” porter-cable VS grinder but only use it for HSS tools. for that it works well, and cuts fast – just need to make sure I dunk the tools in cold water every few seconds.

For woodworking blades (chisels, planes) I do not bother with a high speed grinder, and use a wet grinder. I have a Scheppach wet grinder which is similar to the grizzly 10” only it’s 8” in side (smaller) – don’t need to worry about blades overheating, and it does a fantastic job putting a keen edge on all my tools time and time again.

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