On 14 Sep 2003 10:57:37 -0700, jack email@example.com (Jack)
Grab an old washer or dryer motor and hook up a mandrel
to it. Figure and purchase the proper size pulley for
the RPM you want. $40, tops.
In case you're wanting a versatile tool which will grind,
sharpen, and sand items of wood, plastic, and metal, look
at the 1" belt sanders. I won't go back to a grinder now
that I've seen how quickly it works, how cool the edge is
after contact, etc.
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering WTF happened.
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Garrett Wade sells a super slow grinder at a super high price.
As always, proper technique with a 3450 grinder will still be better than the
So get a cheaper 8" grinder, and a quick lesson from someone if you need it
(made a huge difference with me).
Well, if you are handy and have some time, get a double ended arbor from
Gillom, Grainger, etc, and drive it with a 2/1 or 3/1 reduction from a
washing machine motor. You'll have to rig up tool rests and buy wheels and
arbor. I think you can get an arbor for $20-25. You can scrounge a lot of
pulleys if you look around. Obviously a working grinder for $50-75 is a
If you want to be REALLY cheap, get an old double ended washer or dryer
motor, mount an arbor adapter on one end and drive the other end from a
second washer/dryer motor, with the same reduction.. Admittedly, this
solution is pretty far fetched, but it might be fun if you have lots of
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