Central Machinery 8" Wet 6" Dry Grinder - Anybody have it?

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01-15-2014 08:15 PM

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I got this grinder for Christmas. I’m thinking the slow speed 8” wet wheel might be good for sharpening tools like chisels, etc. The first thing I noticed though is that there is no tool rest on the 8” wheel. I’m wondering if anybody has fabricated something for that, or for that matter if anyone even likes this grinder. It does seem to run quiet compared to my other grinder. The water tank is plastic, so can’t attach a tool rest to that.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 12:14 AM

Bob, if you go to and search for that grinder you will find ratings and comments. I do this before I buy any of their tools. It helps in my decision making!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 12:54 AM

One was given to me a few years ago. The water tank leaks, so I don’t really use it. I think I just propped a hard plastic tool case next to it for a tool rest. But some kind of tool rest should be easy to make.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 01:23 AM

Veritas makes a tool rest you could attach to the table,you could build something similar for your grinder:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 01:31 AM

This guy took that grinder and made his own Tormek style sharpener

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 01:58 AM

Some good ideas there Joe. Thanks for the link.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 04:23 AM

I got a tool rest from Grizzly. I don’t think it is as fancy as the one shown above. They ran a special and it was only $14 so why not own one.

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#7 posted 01-17-2014 02:25 AM

I’ve got the Grizzly version of that. Its got a cheapo rest. Its so-so at best. Its slow. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ll clamp the cutter to it and walk away. Since its wet, it won’t burn. Final dimensioning is then done on the regulate 8” grinder.

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#8 posted 01-17-2014 03:53 AM

Great link Joe, many thanks.

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 04:10 AM

Don, I have a pretty good rest on the one I got from grizzly. sorry to hear that you don’t like yours.

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 02:44 PM

I have this grinder,

I probably should spring for this,

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 02:57 PM

I have a similar grinder that I bought from Northern Tool,, it came with a tool rest (by the way I never use it).
It should be fairly easy to make your own rest. I noticed on mine that the water stone wears very fast.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 04:53 PM

I have the Delta version of this, and as b2rtch said the water stone will wear fast, but I found that it does
tend to soak up too much water if you use the water tank. This can make the stone wear out of round
requiring it to be trued and loosing even more stone. I just use a small spray bottle to wet the stone now
and it works fine. I know this does not answer the tool rest question, but good replacement stones are

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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