Bench Grinder for Lathe Chisels

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Forum topic by Hockey posted 07-26-2017 09:02 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2017 09:02 PM

Looking at getting a variable speed Delta 6 inch bench grinder (Model 23-196). Only $79.98. Wheels are 3/4” wide, and I would replace one with a white wheel. Speed goes down to 2000 rpm per listed specs. Anyone use one of these for grinding lathe chisels? If so, how does it work at lowest speed? I think most slow speed grinders are at 1750 rpm.

Any others I shoud look at in that price range? I have been using an older small powerless grinder (6” x 1/2”) for my scraper, and my Shopsmith Strip Sander for the other lathe chisels. Shopsmith seems to work okay, but, I wear out the belts quickly.

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#1 posted 07-26-2017 09:05 PM

I bought an 8” slow speed but if I had it to do over, I would buy a belt sander.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 09:07 PM

I made a grinder that runs between 1700 and 1800 rpms, I don’t think 2000 would be two fast. The problem with standard speed is it over heats the edge. I mostly use a belt sander with 80 metal belt.

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#3 posted 07-26-2017 09:13 PM

Thanks, Rick and Karda. Maybe I should just stick with the Shopsmith and buy better belts for it. However, I do have a nice old stand (pedestal type) that I would like to put to use. Also, I could use another more powerful grinder than the one I have now for general grinding duties. See how I am trying to justify another tool (big grin).

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#4 posted 07-26-2017 11:10 PM

I just bought this one and it works quite well:

The reason that I bought this one:

1” wheels
1750 RPM
80/120 grit wheels

I’ve been using it for about 2 months with a wolverine jig and it’s doing a great job.

-- Paul Mayer,

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#5 posted 07-26-2017 11:58 PM

Paul, that Powertec you got looks pretty good. Already comes with white wheel and they are 1” wide. By the time i bought 1 white wheel, I would be into it for the price of the Powertec. Thanks. I will put that one down as a potential.

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#6 posted 07-29-2017 05:48 AM

I just wouldn’t advise buying a 6” grinder. The smaller the wheel the deeper the hollow it leaves, which gives you less bevel to rub. Recommend at least 8” grinder and 1” wheels. Best of luck to you!

-- Living In The Woods Of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington

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#7 posted 07-29-2017 01:52 PM

Thanks, Madrona.

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