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Forum topic by BlasterStumps posted 11-18-2019 09:40 PM 619 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlasterStumps

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11-18-2019 09:40 PM

I just picked this today. I would really like to know the manufacturer but so far I am not coming up with any look-a-likes to go by. I think I will give it a good clean and maybe under some of the crud there will be some indication. The big cast housing measures 8-3/4” across. The thing weighs a bunch. If anyone can narrow down the manufacturer of it, I would be glad to hear back from you.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado


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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 11:10 PM

I have a hand grinder that is similar to your model. Mine is smaller at roughly 6-1/2” diameter but it might trigger additional info in searches. Best wishes.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 11-19-2019 12:51 AM

Mine’s a bit smaller, as well..

About like Roy Underhill would use…label seem to read..Gather? Or, Cather?

Mine seems to need an oil change…getting hard to turn…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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BlasterStumps

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#3 posted 11-19-2019 03:36 AM

Cool grinders guys. I have looked at at least 2 doz of these old grinders but never bought any until today. I saw this one and just the size alone drew me to it. I’m not sure how much I will use it but it should be fun to put back in shape. I think it must have had a paper label when new but now has gone missing.

The oil bath type is cool. This one I have is two piece housing so it was only packed with thick (stinky) grease.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#4 posted 11-19-2019 05:55 PM

I just saw one, a bit bigger, at my fave fleatique this past weekend. It’s a Luther and the tags are present, but it’s rough, hard to turn, and chatters a lot. Maybe just needs a good cleaning/oiling.

BlasterStumps, you may have gotten a good piece! I’m re-thinking the one I saw.

-- The next brick house on the left. Montgomery AL

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Bill_Steele

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#5 posted 11-19-2019 08:58 PM

Do these grindstones keep turning after you stop cranking? Is there some sort of flywheel or another device to help maintain the momentum of the moving stone?

[Bandit571] I would suggest you try Mountain Dew—but I see you’re already there.

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Andre

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#6 posted 11-19-2019 09:04 PM

I have bought 3 of them so far and finally got one big enough to handle a 6” white cool stone, great way to put a hollow grind on your chisels and plane irons! Good find, enjoy!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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BlasterStumps

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#7 posted 11-19-2019 09:24 PM

Once you get the one I have spinning, you don’t want to have your hand close to the handle if you let go of it. It has a big gear inside that acts like a flywheel. Yes, it will keep turning.


Do these grindstones keep turning after you stop cranking? Is there some sort of flywheel or another device to help maintain the momentum of the moving stone?

[Bandit571] I would suggest you try Mountain Dew—but I see you re already there.

- Bill_Steele


-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 11-19-2019 10:25 PM

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Do these grindstones keep turning after you stop cranking? Is there some sort of flywheel or another device to help maintain the momentum of the moving stone?

- Bill_Steele

The few that I have turn at roughly 13:1 ratios between the wheel and the crank. If you get it moving, it will continue to turn. Of course, it will slow down once you apply pressure to the grinding wheel, so you have to crank and grind, crank and grind, etc.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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ibewjon

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#9 posted 11-20-2019 12:10 AM

I also have one. From my grandfather. It was fun to turn as a kid.

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#10 posted 11-23-2019 04:27 PM

The internal gearing that increases the revolution ratio makes them hard to crank unless those gears are kept lubricated. Some of those shown have convenient oil ports with caps to help with that maintenance issue.

-- OleGrump

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