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Old 03-31-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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A few years back my best friend gave me a 'Kawasaki' 840109 6" Bench Grinder. I've never had a use for one in my 52 years but now that my wife and I have finally bought (buying) our first home I'm becoming a bit more domestic.
So I pull the thing out of the box and begin assembling, I immediately notice there are no light bulbs for the twin worklights, as metioned in the manual. Okay, so what amp/watt and size are they? metric, SAE, or Chinese Whitworth.
Next I'm mounting up the tool rests and, the bolts holding them to the wheel shield are too long and run into the sides of the wheels.

This was indeed a gift, and I know it's not Kawasaki Heavy Industries manufacturing these but I feel that if Kawi lends their name to these made in China bench grinders, they ought to monitor manufacturing practices. I ride an old Kaw Z1R turbo and I know Kawasaki is capable of excellent products, but these days even the Japanese are outsourcing. Pity that.

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Probably standard Edison base bulbs. As for the bolts. Go to your local Ace Hardware or Harbor Freight and get the properly sized bolts.

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Probably standard Edison base bulbs. As for the bolts. Go to your local Ace Hardware or Harbor Freight and get the properly sized bolts.
Harbor Freight carries hardware?
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Harbor Freight carries hardware?
Yep. I recently picked up a 300pc assortment of various sized washers for under $3.00
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So I go down to the local Ace Hardware and in a long 40 ft nut, bolt and other hardware room there was no stock of 5/16ths bolts shorter than 1/2" in length. So got some washers to backspace until I find my cutoff wheel. Found some chandelier bulbs that'll fit the lights on this at least.

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You can cut the bolts with a hacksaw. You have to have a small file to fix the thread at the end.
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Maybe, Just maybe, you should not be using any power tools.
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Since my first job for this grinder will be for sharpening some edges, I next went looking for a 100 grit aluminum oxide wheel. None to be found in this consumer desert. Had to resport to online but found a Norton for $18 clams from sharpeningsupplies.com
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Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. Most people are resorting to buy stuff online. All due to the stores are seeing the light, that consumers are doing more shopping online.
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Harbor Freight, Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. Most people are resorting to buy stuff online. All due to the stores are seeing the light, that consumers are doing more shopping online.
That being said, but in the long run it isn't a good thing in my opinion.
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That being said, but in the long run it isn't a good thing in my opinion.
All of my shopping is done online for computer hardware, and most household goods. Add to that, clothing.

I find better deals shopping online, then I do going to the Brick & mortar stores.
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That may be so, but as for me I support local businesses whenever I can.
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That may be so, but as for me I support local businesses whenever I can.
That is why I stated Ace Hardware. Locally owned, but does not always have everything you need. That is where the online sites come in handy.

I cannot get electronic parts locally, so I use partsexpress.com. Repair parts for appliances, I go to repairclinic.com. Nothing locally can match their prices, along with employees that care about their customers.

The only three chain restaurants we do are: Chilli's, TGIF, Domino's. Everything else is local or regional ownership.
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Sorry if I stepped on toes here, I was only referring to these 'other people' as I'm sensitive myself to internet sales, given my vocation.

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