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Forum topic by moke posted 06-15-2021 06:22 PM 374 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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moke

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06-15-2021 06:22 PM

I have altogether too many grinders, but I am looking to add yet another. Nothing fancy…..I have a Rikon and Delta slow speed with wheels and fixtures for sharpening turning tools. This one is just a grinder…..I am not paying big bucks for it. Haven’t decided if it is going to be a HF 8” or Rikon. Either way, I just want to get rid of my fathers “buffalo” grinder. My Father has been dead for 20 years and got rid of his tools 10 years prior…I wish the damn thing would die, but it won’t, so I decided to get rid of it. I want to put it on a decent stand without breaking the bank. This is one of the HF. Does anyone have this one? https://www.harborfreight.com/bench-grinder-pedestal-68321.html

It sounds like I love HF, and I really don’t. I always said I would never own anything from HF that had a cord…..then I bought a small right angle drill to sand bowls, figuring I could throw it away when it dies….8 years old and still rolling, so I thought I’d try a grinder. It’s like 80.00…but I don’t want it on anything tippy, so if anyone has one, let me know or if you have one and modified it, let me know.

Thanks….

-- Mike


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bigJohninvegas

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#1 posted 06-15-2021 06:54 PM

I have seen that HF stand. The three feet seemed tippy to me.
For 30 years now I have been using a VW wheel with a fence post. Cheap, and stable.

-- John

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#2 posted 06-15-2021 07:47 PM

+1 steel post/plate welded to old steel rim.
At scrap metal prices, about $20.

I bought cheap stamped steel grinder stand from HF years ago and used it for single grinder. As grinder/buffer population grew, didn’t want to take more space buying/welding more bases. Kept them under bench, and pulled out one as needed. Am too old for carp anymore.
So I downsized to one stand, using a turntable and wooden plate to hold grinder and buffer in one stand. It’s ugly as can be, but here is pic:

There is a bracket under wood table with pin that keeps it from turning when using either tool. Also mounted a power strip under the base, and have plans to add overhead light to center of base next time I find one cheap. Since I only spin the base 180° back and forth, wire getting wrapped around base never becomes an issue.
YMMV

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John Smith

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#3 posted 06-15-2021 07:59 PM

in actuality, the pedestal stands are designed to be bolted to the floor – not free standing.
if you need portability, you could use a big piece of plywood with carriage bolts from the bottom
and fastened down with threaded knobs. something like this – - – - -

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Kelly

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#4 posted 06-15-2021 07:59 PM

I just build custom carts with casters for it all. That way I get the height, width and depth I need.

If I can ever move the project forward from position number 4,279 on my to do list, I can add shelves for things like dressing tools, other wheels and so on.

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darthford

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#5 posted 06-15-2021 10:34 PM

Try some hockey puck leveling feet, a low cost Macgyver I saw posted on a forum years ago. They drill easily on a drill press for a through bolt for leveling. Nice wide footprint, hard, thick and heavy. Those things take a beating. I used a set on a tippy many hundred pound 12×36 metal lathe. I put a set on a Baldor grinder stand. Another set on a bandsaw. Ran out and recently bought a whole bag of them from a sporting goods store to restock.

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moke

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#6 posted 06-15-2021 10:38 PM

Captain-
I have done that same thing with my Father’s grinders. He had two and of course I can not throw anything away…so I mounted two back to back.

John- I thought about that. I thought that if I made it long enough I could stand on it…...That’ll hold steady. I had a friend that had two weights for a tractor that he mounted his on. I looked into that, but they sell those weights by the lb now!

Kelly-I suppose I could, I have done that for most of my tools, I just not sure a grinder is worth it.

Big John——Sorry I don’t have a welder!!

-- Mike

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#7 posted 06-15-2021 10:55 PM



Captain-
I have done that same thing with my Father s grinders. He had two and of course I can not throw anything away…so I mounted two back to back.

John- I thought about that. I thought that if I made it long enough I could stand on it…...That ll hold steady. I had a friend that had two weights for a tractor that he mounted his on. I looked into that, but they sell those weights by the lb now!

Kelly-I suppose I could, I have done that for most of my tools, I just not sure a grinder is worth it.

Big John——Sorry I don t have a welder!!

- moke


no welder,well next tool coming up mike-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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John Smith

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#8 posted 06-16-2021 03:10 AM

years ago, I had access to small tires. (like boat trailer, golf cart, wheel barrow, etc.)
I would make different “pedestals” with them for assorted projects.
one was a tool rest for the outboard wood lathe.
another held a roller for the outfeed of the table saw or thickness planer.
the threaded coupling was flush with the cement in the tire so the pipe could be interchangeable or removed for storage when not in use.
all kinds of uses – limited only to your imagination.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 06-16-2021 07:54 AM



I have altogether too many grinders, but I am looking to add yet another. Nothing fancy…..I have a Rikon and Delta slow speed with wheels and fixtures for sharpening turning tools. This one is just a grinder…..I am not paying big bucks for it. Haven t decided if it is going to be a HF 8” or Rikon. Either way, I just want to get rid of my fathers “buffalo” grinder. My Father has been dead for 20 years and got rid of his tools 10 years prior…I wish the damn thing would die, but it won t, so I decided to get rid of it. I want to put it on a decent stand without breaking the bank. This is one of the HF. Does anyone have this one? https://www.harborfreight.com/bench-grinder-pedestal-68321.html

It sounds like I love HF, and I really don t. I always said I would never own anything from HF that had a cord…..then I bought a small right angle drill to sand bowls, figuring I could throw it away when it dies….8 years old and still rolling, so I thought I d try a grinder. It s like 80.00…but I don t want it on anything tippy, so if anyone has one, let me know or if you have one and modified it, let me know.

Thanks….

- moke


8 years …... But how many bowls? I have a 12-year-old drill I use 2 times…...it’s as good as new.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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moke

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#10 posted 06-18-2021 08:33 PM

Alaska- I suppose 75 to 100

Pottzy—-it’s not the cost of the tool, it’s the learning curve, plus I have quite a list of projects. My wife has expiration dates on the furniture, I guess, I’ve ignored them.

JohnSmith—nice idea!

-- Mike

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