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Old 11-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a bench grinder. Truly can't spend more than $70 on one. What are some budget bench grinders out there that give real bang for your buck?


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Old 11-21-2011, 06:56 AM   #2
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I haven't paid much attention to them, but doubt that you will have many options in the $70 range for a new bench grinder, and certainly nothing that is going to give you any significant "bang for your buck". Do you have any particular plans for it? If it's for sharpening lawn mower blades, probably anything that you find will work, although I started doing mine in the vise with a disc grinder several years back, but if you plan to get into fabricating, etc., where it might see some harsher use, I would watch for a used, older, Wilton.


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I have one that I have hard felt on for polishing carving gouges and it does a good job.
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Old 11-21-2011, 03:09 PM   #5
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My dad gave me a cheap one several years ago. It was probably from Harbor Freight.The motor housing was larger diameter than the wheels, significantly limiting it's usefullness (think lawnmower blades.) I put it aside. when I pulled it back out to dedicate to sharpening lathe gouges, the switch was bad. A new 20 Amp switch got it going. It works fine now, for what I use it for. But it's still limited as a general purpose grinder.

Be aware of the wheel/motor diameters.
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Old 11-23-2011, 08:21 PM   #6
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you might also want to consider an angle grinder instead. I use mine for everything it seams.


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