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john2005

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02-27-2014 04:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sharpening

Thinking about getting an 8” variable speed grinder for setting bevels on plane irons. I would like the variable speed as I do a bit of metal fabrication from time to time as well. What are you guys using, what do you like, what has a good rep? The belt sander works, but isn’t as precise I feel. Thoughts?

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.


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#1 posted 02-27-2014 04:35 AM

For fast removal of metal, diamond plates DMT it’s more accurate, and doesn’t require much work.
I prefer water stones. I have both slow 1725 and a 200 rpm delta wet grinder, I don’t use them.

Otherwise, TORMEK.
I don’t see a regular 1725 grinder being effective at anything other than doing a hollow grind.

That’s my 2 cents.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 02-27-2014 04:43 AM

i have had a craftsman and a ryobi i think, junk..Got a baldor ..smooth as silk..

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#3 posted 02-27-2014 04:50 AM

finewoodworking did a write up on this very subject not too long ago. I believe they said that the porter cable 8” variable speed grinder was the best investment.

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#4 posted 02-27-2014 04:56 AM

I know baldor motors to be good ones, I guess I didn’t know they made a grinder. Have to look into that. The Portercable was the one I was looking at. It needs to be more versatile than just sharpening to make it worth doin, thus the variable speed.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#5 posted 02-27-2014 06:06 AM

Grinders can get spendy especially when you throw words like “best” around. I saw a nice Baldor running with those fancy pants CBN wheels and you could barely tell it was on.

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 01:19 PM

Baldor was known for their industrial high end grinders before their motors in my circles. They set the industry standards in many grinding applications. Like the Unisaw or Powermatic of table saws, the Stanley of planes, or the Milwaukee Sawzall of reciprocal saws.

Get ready for a Festool moment when you check the price, however.

Like this nice little 8 inch at MSC for only $1300 and change.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#7 posted 02-27-2014 01:24 PM

Is it possible to use a router speed controller on a standard bench grinder without damaging the motor? I have been thinking of trying that but have my reservations.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 01:56 PM

Eric, those speed controllers won’t work on induction motors like the ones used in grinders. You would need a VFD type controller.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#9 posted 02-27-2014 02:43 PM

Check that out! It has a plate for your snacks and a cup holder for your beer….. ;)

On a serious note, you are right Crank, they are up there in price. Maybe I should have stated “best grinder for the money”. I don’t mind spending extra for a good tool, but most of the Baldors I have looked up so far are out of my wallets scope.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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