Nice vintage two wheel Skil with light and rests and shields. $15 price had
a lot to do with it, too. And it runs smooth.
I think it depends on what you are going to use it for, and how much you
want to spend. For occasional use, most anything will do. For lots of work
or precision, you go from there.
I need one of those sanders with the round pad and the belt. Would like it
to have a drum, too. But I'm not going to pay what they want at the store.
I'll wait until I snag one at a yard sale, about $25, I'd say.
Watch Craigslist like a hawk!
Not long ago, I saw a 4" disk/belt sander advertised for $20. Dashed right
over and bought it. Owner said "I've got a bigger one for sale, too," and
pointed me to a craftsman with a 6" belt and 9" disk. Never used. Still in
"How much do you need to get for that one?" I inquired.
"Oh, thirty dollars," he said.
I bought it. Gave the smaller one to my son.
(Damn! That disk sure takes off the wood! Wow!)
Just yesterday, I bought some stuff from a lady who was cleaning out
everything in anticipation of moving to San Francisco. I got:
* A Craftsman electric mower. Used for one season on a (very) small yard.
Retail price of $269 and I paid thirty bucks.
* An economy table saw, barely used, if at all. I paid $30. Gave it to my
* A folding tool stand. I see 'em at Home Depot for $49.95. I paid $10.
When I got home, my current squeeze inquired as to what "household" items
were available at these fire-sale prices. I didn't have a clue, but
immediately emailed the lady selling stuff.
I hope to get an answer soon.
Last week I bought two 110v window air conditioners for $10 each. I plan to
store them and sell 'em (on Craigslist) at the start of next summer for, oh,
Point is, Craigslist often yields bargains and sometimes it yields a
monstorous, as they say on basketball broadcasts, S-C-O-R-E ! !
My vote too. I have one and if I wanted another grinder I would look
for an OLD Craftsman in a garage sale or Craigs list.
As a side note I was forced to use a Makita job site table saw this
week and what a piece of crap, compared to my 1970s vintage "better"
Craftsman (not even the "best" one).
The fence would not get you a repeatable cut. I needed to set it up
with a framing square and a ruler every time. The miter guide was
virtually useless. (very sloppy in the track and felt like it was made
of sheet metal)
Newer seldom means better.
I'm not really sure what the point of the question is, because it's not
likely that the OP is going to be able to get his hands on any
particular make and model of grinder that is mentioned here.
Is there really such a thing as a bad grinder?
But just for the record, I have a Sears Craftsman grinder that I bought
new about 12 years ago. It takes 8" grinding wheels / wire brushes.
Supposedly the motor is 1 HP (that's what the decal says). If I let it
free-wheel when I turn it off, it takes a good minute to spin down to a
Have two...the old Dayton 2 hp 10" that Dad bought for farm shop years
and years and years ago for heavy stuff and actual grinding and I
brought the cheap Chinese thing I bought off a truck sale 20+ yr ago
when came back to the farm which I keep wire wheel/buffer/whatever on.
Both are functional for what they are but the rests on the cheapie are
what you would think they are and it isn't balanced well (besides the
wheels) and the switch has to be worked over every so often but it has
kept running for far longer than I ever expected.
The Dayton is heavy, balanced has strong, sizable rests and will hog a
piece of metal for roughing work as well as can be set for light...
What would be recommended would have most to do w/ what the intended
use(s) is(are). What a welding shop needs versus something for a light
home shop or a precision tool sharpener are markedly different.
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