A Grinding Dilemma
OK, I really need to get myself a slow speed grinder, I used one to sharpen my lathe tools on the other day at the workshop I attended, and it was sweet. Add to this, I'm hosting the next workshop for the dozen or so members of our turning club at the Dungeon, so I need to have a good slow speed grinder to use to sharpen tools.
I have my eye on this one from Woodcraft.............
It is $94.95, I have a $10.00 off coupon, and the shipping will be $100 I'll have to pay about $10 import duty.
8" Slow Speed Grinder
Quiet, smooth 3/4 HP, 1725 RPM slow speed grinder is great for sharpening tools without generating the tool destroying heat that you get so quickly from 3450 RPM grinders. Unlike most grinders, which include cheap useless gray wheels, this slow speed grinder comes equipped with 1" x 8" 120 grit and 60 grit white aluminum oxide grinding wheels. Grinding wheel hole is 7/8" with a bushing to reduce it to the 5/8" arbor. Includes tool rests and spark/chip deflector shields. 40 lb., China.
Total then of $194.95 US
The other choice I have is this one.........
This one is a local company's import from China, it is a 6" unit, not 8", the stones are not as nice.
It has 1" wide by 6" diameter wheels, runs at 1400 RPM, the two stones that come are a white #80 and a blue #36.
This unit is on sale for 15,750 yen or about $135 US, and there is free shipping this month......
So, my question to you all, is the 8" better than the 6" and is it worth the extra $60?
I think if I bought one extra wheel, replacing the blue #36, that would cost about as much as the difference in price.........?
I guess the biggest thing is which is better, the 8" or the 6".........?
Of course, if I buy from Woodcraft, I'd have no warranty etc, but really how many warranty issues does one have with a bench grinder?
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward