I picked up a new 8" "slow speed" (1725 RPM) grinder from Woodcraft on sale
for $74.95 off their web site. It comes equipped with 1" x 8" 120 grit and
60 grit white aluminum oxide grinding wheels. It has a 3/4 HP induction
motor. I already had a Makita blade grinder as well as myriad files and
Arkansas stones but I lacked a regular style grinder... this one peaked my
interest due to the 8" wheels and the lower RPMs so I ordered it.
Assembly of the two piece cast tool rests went very smoothly as did assembly
of the eye shields. The motor is quiet. There was trivial vibration when I
first turned the grinder on but after grinding an old Stanley chisel, that
had huge chunks out of the edge, the vibration went away. It appears that
the wheels needed to be dressed a bit as they were mildly out of balance. I
was very pleased to find that I could grind the chisel edge back to true
with no overheating. It definitely fills a gap I had in my sharpening tool
assortment. The Makita blade grinder or the Arkansas stones would have taken
forever and using a file on that hard old chisel probably would have ruined
Overall I'd give this grinder a buy recommendation if you are in the market
for a serviceable 8" "slow speed" grinder. It is built far better than any
of the Craftsman or low end Delta grinders I've seen or used and I suspect
it will last me forever as I'm not using it commercially.
I don't know how long the sale lasts but the URL is below if you want to
check it out.
BTW, I'm only a customer... I have no other stakeholder position in