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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 06-01-2012 12:12 AM 2075 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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davidroberts

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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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HillbillyShooter

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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, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/36120. 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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MichaelAgate

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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!

-- Michael and Matthew

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lieutenantdan

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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.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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PurpLev

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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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