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benchtop grinder... HF?

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by jekbrown, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I'm in need of an el-cheapo benchtop grinder. Using a 4.5" handheld grinder for hours on end on small pieces is a real PITA. I'm headed to HF to see what they have. Anyone have a HF one? If so, which model and how do ya like it?

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    I've got the "Industrial" 6" grinder, the yellow one. I bought it "on sale" and it's been a fairly good, if underpowered grinder. But I find my 4.5” grinder works faster for most things.

    If I ever get a round tuit, I have been gathering parts to build a belt driven grinder which I feel is vastly superior. This one will run a 2HP industrial GE motor driving a heavy ~1.5" diameter spindle running in Timken bearings with a coarse AO stone on one side, and a 3/4 Super chuck on the other. A second spindle will mount a fine AO and a fine SO wheel. And a third spindle will drive a 72" belt sander patterned on the KMG posted before. I’ve got most of the parts, and machines+stock for the rest, just got to get it done.
     
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    I have an 8" orange one. 3/4 HP. Its a little underpowered, but works fine for what I do.
     
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    daily grind...

    I have a "Buffalo" brand 6" bench grinder--bought from a flea market many years ago...has no balls at all,you can stall it quite easily..I get by with it,but I would not buy another cheapie..it was only 20 bucks though..still works ok..

    My co-worker at the junkyard made his own,by robbing a motor from an old washing machine,that had a shaft on each end--had to weld a base on the motor...he found 2 "mandrels" at a hardware store for about 4 bucks apeice,to mount the grinding wheels to it with..it blew mine away,that thing would not bog down and stall like my grinder would!....(and it was built from JUNK!)..:doah:

    I had a simple 1/4 hp electric motor with a pulley/belt drive and a "poilishing head" bolted to a peice of 3/4" plywood for a grinder/wire brush combo for a long time (still have it!)--I think it was better than the Tiwan grinder is.....:crazy:
     
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    I bought one of their little 4" wheel grinders, but I only use it for sharpening the TIG tungstens.
    For metal removal & shaping I prefer the 6x48 belt sander.
     
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    got the HF el-cheapo. We'll see how it does. Only $24.50 brand new after I used my 15% off coupon. :)

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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    used my HF quite a bit today. I can stall it if I try, but its a bazillion times better / easier than using a handheld for several hours at a time. ;) As always, I wish I had the coin for some supa-bling bling tools... but I'll make due with the HF stuff until the Powerball winnings start coming in. :thumb:

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    How many HP and how many amps does it draw? TIA.
     
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