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    Grinder coming home...but which one?

    Have all the parts for my One way Wolverine sharpening set-up, sans grinder. 8" only please...what do you guys like and why? Like to keep it under $200'ish? Thanks!!
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    I have a 6" high speed. Old, old, old Craftsman with bearings that run forever! Jim Bradley was just getting married when this thing was manufactured.

    I sharpen on a 1" 2 speed belt sander. Belts including leather for honing available at Lee Valley. With the Wolverine system attached. Just saying there is more than one way to skin a cat.

    However, I would love a slow speed 8" with great bearings and balanced, under $200, that would get diamond wheels one day. Like that would happen.
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    Rikon 80-805 8" Low Speed, $147 CDN

    The Rikon model 80-805 Slow Speed Grinder features a smooth starting, powerful HP motor. The grinder operates at 1,750 RPM, which is ideal for sharpening operations because it reduces heat build-up and minimizes the possibility for “bluing.” This grinder comes equipped with two 1" x 8" white aluminum oxide grinding wheels: one 120-grit wheel and one 60-grit wheel. The cast-iron base features anti-vibration rubber feet and is equipped with mounting holes for convenient attachment to a workbench or grinder stand. Grinder comes with Tool Rests, Eye Shields, Spark Arrestors, 6' Power Cord And Five-Year Warranty.

    Mine is on the way. Late Christmas present to me!

    I'll be testing it first, then deciding whether it requires Oneway's Balancing System.

    https://forum.canadianwoodworking.co...ders%26quot%3B

    Some good discussion here if you're interested!
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    I was watching a turning video the other day and the guy had a variable speed porter cable 8" grinder. He seemed to think it was pretty good.
    My grinder died awhile ago and may try the PC.
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    CS USA has a great vid showing the Wolverine grinding system. They are using a JET 8" grinder retailing over $325 USD. A little rich for most of us!
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    My Woodcraft two speed...many years old...is still going strong. Don't even know if they still sell them.

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    I have my Wolverine system on a Delta 8" variable speed unit. It works great!!!
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    Don't forget used/CL.

    Under $200 you say.............
    My Tormek was found for $185 (with the turning jigs and a couple hand tool jigs).
    My Baldor was bought with a stand for $150.
    I have a square frame Craftsman, that is liked as well as Baldor for a lot less, that was $35 and it came with a belt sander that needs an external motor.
    My first grinder was a Craftsman, that I picked up a multitool belt and disc sander, whe Snap on stopped carrying them (sold under the Blue point name at the time). With both pieces it would have been just at $200.
    If I were to buy new, I would probably be looking at the slow speed that Woodcraft sells, personally.

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    I've got the 1750 rpm Woodcraft grinder that has now been replaced in their line-up with the comparable Rikon. In the case of mine, the factory wheels were no well balanced, so I bought the Oneway balancing kit. Then I bought the Oneway grinding wheels. By the time I bought all the stuff to make my grinder decent, I had spent enough money to buy a CBN wheel or two. And now that I've used a grinder with a CBN wheel, I know that's what I should have done in the first place. (Actually, CBN wheels weren't as affordable back when I souped up my cheap grinder.) The Oneway wheels and balancing kit are nice, but they don't hold a candle to a CBN wheel. I'll be buying one once I get my shop up and running.

    My advice would be to buy the Rikon or find a good used grinder, use whatever wheels are on it for the time being, and then save up your lunch money to put a CBN wheel on it. (One is all you need.)
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    I see the Rikon successor to the store brand on sale at Woodcraft for $99 periodically. I have the store brand, and it fills my needs, including the Wolverine jig.
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