|Ron Laden||24/02/2019 07:53:13|
1352 forum posts
Any recommendations for a half decent bench grinder at a reasonable price.
The £30 ebay cheapie I have is rubbish and probably dangerous. Its out of balance and I,m sure its not the wheels, the rests are made of Baco foil. The real worry though is it gets hot after 10 minutes of running even when doing no work.
I mainly use it for tool grinding and once it gets hot it starts to slow down even with quite light work. Its labelled as 150 watts which I doubt so would prefer at least 250 watts.
I now dont like using it, fearing its either going to have a major failure or burst into flames.
|Derek Lane||24/02/2019 09:01:30|
206 forum posts
I use a record power 6" grinder mainly for sharpening my turning tools and have found it very good. They also do a 8" version.
|Paul Lousick||24/02/2019 09:02:57|
|1167 forum posts|
All wheels should be dressed to eliminate out of balance vibrations.
150 watt is a bit small. I have a 375 watt Ryobi combination grinder with 150mm wheel and belt. Enough power for the wheel for sharpening tools but not enough for the belt. Would like to upgrade to something bigger. At least 500w for wheel and 1kW or bigger for belt grinder.
I recently viewed a serious DIY belt grinder on Youtube made from left over materials in the workshop. An a well equiped workshop.
|John Haine||24/02/2019 09:06:57|
|2600 forum posts|
I have 2 ELU grinders, can recommend them.
|John Rudd||24/02/2019 09:19:16|
|1365 forum posts|
Wickes sell an own brand which I have turned into a t n c grinder with HH's rest....grinder was £40 iirc..
|Peter G. Shaw||24/02/2019 09:20:57|
983 forum posts
My grinder is a Clarke 5" 150W model. The first one that I bought got very hot fairly quickly so I returned it under warranty. The replacement also became very hot. That was 30 years ago, and it still gets hot. As a result, if doing a lot of grinding, I keep touching the casing and when it gets almost too hot to hold is when I switch off and allow it to cool down.
The reason why it gets hot is because these models do not have a fan in them to blow air through the motor.
I do agree though that 150W is on the low side, but with care, I find it adequate. One advantage is that it is difficult to overgrind since the motor simply stalls.
Peter G. Shaw
|2250 forum posts|
For what it’s worth I rarely use my bench grinder any more, I sharpen virtually all my tools on a belt sander.
|Russell Eberhardt||24/02/2019 10:18:10|
2480 forum posts
Old motors ran cool because the insulation available for the winding wire wouldn't stand high temperatures. Modern winding wire can stand higher temperatures so motors are designed taking advantage of that fact. Thus they are smaller and cheaper for a given power.
My old 1/4 hp grinder has a big, heavy motor and never gets more than slightly warm. The small cheapo grinder that I use with cup wheels and HH rest does get hot but has lasted for over 12 years so far.
|not done it yet||24/02/2019 13:13:17|
|3338 forum posts|
Guessing here that any machine with less than a 100% duty cycle should be marked as such, these days?
4714 forum posts
The one that thread started with is still available at £40. We are getting one for the men's shed as nobody has given us one yet.
All grinders come with thin tin rests so no point in complaining about it. Again several threads have covered the simple block of wood rest so no need to make an over elaborate precision sharpening system to start with.
|Nicholas Wheeler 1||24/02/2019 13:48:42|
|274 forum posts|
I've had one of those for a couple of years, and although I don't use it heavily it is a decent tool: runs smoothly and quietly, effortly removes material, and takes ages to run down. What more do can you ask for just £40?
|Ron Laden||24/02/2019 15:47:56|
1352 forum posts
Thanks for the suggestions guys, having spent quite some time looking at no end of grinders I have gone with the Axminster Tools Craft one pictured below.
£65 including delivery which suited my pocket, 150mm, 250 watt, if the picture is anything to go by it looks well made, so hopefully it will be and give good long service.
|1262 forum posts|
Amen to that but for many purposes you will want to replace the standard bent metal rests.
|216 forum posts|
Clarke do a heavy duty range of grinders which are good. I have a 6" 250w which I have abused for years, its still going strong. Doesn't get too hot either.
Edited By Hollowpoint on 24/02/2019 20:33:17
|Mick B1||24/02/2019 22:06:50|
|1182 forum posts|
I've got a cheapie 150W that I got from B&Q maybe 15 years ago, replacing a similar one I'd also had for about 15 years. It does the job for me, I use it several times in any week, and some of my tools have some detail to their shapes. I dress it regularly with a cheap diamond. When the wheels get too worn, I'll dump it and buy another.
|Colin Heseltine||25/02/2019 19:47:29|
|325 forum posts|
I have Wolf 6" bench grinder bought around 45 years ago still going strong. Also have my Grandfathers grinder, cannot remember the name but it still runs silently and when switched off stays spinning for ages. Cant beat the old stuff.
|Mike Poole||25/02/2019 20:50:30|
2106 forum posts
Creusen won’t qualify for the reasonable price but I still fancy one, almost any grinder that is at the affordable end of the market is going to need better wheels, driving flanges and tool rests so they are not as cheap as they appear but can be the basis of a useful machine if the motor has decent power.
|Chris Trice||25/02/2019 20:52:03|
1362 forum posts
B&Q have the 150 watt cheapie one (available from practically everyone with their own label) for £20 under their European sounding Mac Allister brand.
|Trevor Drabble||25/02/2019 22:24:34|
201 forum posts
Mike , I have a Creusen 7200 , purchased MANY years ago from Axminster . I originally wanted the better model , but after a fruitful discussion with the lady at Axminster , I settled in this one , and I have to say , she was exactly right in her comments , bless her . Plus , she saved me a significant amount of cash . The machine is mounted on Creusen's own angle stand , has obviously well out-lasted it's long guarantee , and still uses its original and we'll-used vibration free wheels , as well as still taking around 2 mins to come to a stop . It still starts and runs like a dream and barely slows under load .
Here , I must confess a bias . I generally believe you get what you pay for , and I have no regrets whatsoever with this purchase and consider it well worth every penny .
So Mike , if you can afford one , go for it . The quality remains long after the price has been forgotten .
|Bill Phinn||25/02/2019 22:47:18|
|202 forum posts|
Trevor, Axminster seem to have ceased selling Creusens some time ago. Does anyone know the reason for this?
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