Welcome to the The Garage Journal Board forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   The Garage Journal Board > The Tools > General Tool Discussion

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-05-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
69supercj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 361
Default Best bench grinder for the money?

I need a new bench grinder and would like to keep it under 120 bucks if possible. 1/2 horse at least with a work light.
69supercj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 08:32 PM   #2
metal1313
Senior Member
 
metal1313's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: plainfield nj, Walkerturnercountry
Posts: 2,580
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

i cant recommend a brand, but search cl, sometimes awesome baldor grinders come up cheap
metal1313 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 07-05-2010, 08:34 PM   #3
autopts71045
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Illinois
Posts: 374
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

I also think an old baldor is better them most Big Box new ones. CL is a good place also
autopts71045 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 11:10 PM   #4
Bolster
Senior Member
 
Bolster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Mexifornia
Posts: 3,861
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

NOT Ryobi. Voice of experience. Got maybe 2 hrs use of it before it would start up running in reverse, or just humming in "neutral."
__________________
Delmar O'Donnell Bolster. A bona fide Soggy Bottom Boy.
There is no certainty; there are only people who are certain. --Renouvier
Casually collect Proto with pebble field & other Proto Los Angeles items.
Bolster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 11:12 PM   #5
iandh
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 562
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Used, but not beat up baldor.
iandh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 11:13 PM   #6
Abbott
Senior Member
 
Abbott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 1,687
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bolster View Post
NOT Ryobi. Voice of experience. Got maybe 2 hrs use of it before it would start up running in reverse, or just humming in "neutral."
I have been using a Ryobi bench grinder for several years without a problem. You must of gotten a bad one, did you take it back for a replacement?
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bull View Post

[In voice of Gronk, the caveman] "Uh, tool come from across Big Water. Tool bad. Man bad."
Abbott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 11:15 PM   #7
Abbott
Senior Member
 
Abbott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 1,687
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

There is a nice used Baldor on my local CL for $250.00 with a stand. I would sure like to have it but that's a bit to much for me to spend on a bench grinder for home shop use.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bull View Post

[In voice of Gronk, the caveman] "Uh, tool come from across Big Water. Tool bad. Man bad."
Abbott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2010, 11:18 PM   #8
iandh
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 562
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

FYI we had a Baldor at my old work that my boss bought in the 60's, when he first opened for business. I used it daily for ten years until february of this year, and it is still working perfectly.
iandh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 12:02 AM   #9
selohssa
Senior Member
 
selohssa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posts: 856
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

I was able to buy a used but very nice Baldor grinder last week at a Govt surplus auction for $10. I had a newer Delta 6 inch that came with some other stuff that I bought and I managed to get $60 for it. The way that I see it, my Baldor has already made me $50.
__________________
IN A WORLD OF CRAZY PEOPLE, ONLY THE LUNATICS ARE TRULY INSANE.
selohssa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 02:03 AM   #10
johnny1290
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Chino
Posts: 357
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

I'd second going through CL.

I bought an underpowered over sized cman there, but I'm sure you can do better.
johnny1290 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 11:43 AM   #11
Packard V8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Spokane, WA
Posts: 3,802
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

FWIW, the current generation of 1/2hp rated homeowner big box stuff I have seen is nothing on which I'd want to spend $120.

But then, I buy all my tools pre-owned. At present, I have a big old 10" 3/4hp Black&Decker, an 8" Dayton mandrel belt-driven by a 3/4hp motor, three 1/2hp Belsaw units, a 1/3hp Dayton and a 1/4hp Dayton.

jack vines
Packard V8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 12:46 PM   #12
jayoldschool
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,304
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

I got this one used (but looks brand new) for $65 from someone clearing out his garage. Works for me...

jayoldschool is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 07:48 PM   #13
Elroy
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: kentucky
Posts: 3,467
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Quote:
Originally Posted by 69supercj View Post
1/2 horse at least with a work light.
If at all possible get a Baldor or a Wissota and you'll have a grinder that will last you a life time. Be advised that 6" grinders are typically only 1/4 HP and 1/3 max so if you really need a full 1/2 horse you're going to be looking at the bigger units.

The RPM is also something to consider as the lower 1,800 RPM grinder is going to have more torque for a given power than a 3,600 RPM unit

For your reference a Wissota is pictured in this old thread. They are a truly sweet little grinder.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=18911
Elroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 08:15 PM   #14
fordbroncodave
Senior Member
 
fordbroncodave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 4,527
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

here is where i chime in.

best grinder for the money? wissota.

they come on craigslist from $10-$50 all the time. made in the usa (minnesota to be exact) and they last a lifetime.

want to see?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CdRf7IG3wo

i paid $30 for mine and it came with a stand
__________________
with a putt putt here, a putt putt there, hear a putt theres a putt, everywheres a putt putt... a john deere farms this land E I E I OH

my needs list:

http://garagejournal.com/forum/showt...fordbroncodave
fordbroncodave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 09:08 PM   #15
Scout Driver
Senior Member
 
Scout Driver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 4,113
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Used Craftsman Professional bench grinder.

Scott
__________________
WTB: International Harvester tools. (the automotive mechanic's style tools made by Wright) Also looking for other IH items of interest.
Scout Driver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 10:09 PM   #16
Eric Commarato
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 159
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Baldor on their cast iron stand. Don't be skimpy...
Eric Commarato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 10:12 PM   #17
Kenwc
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 542
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

Should you ever come across an old Delta Triple Duty Grinder from the 50's be it 3 phase or single phase grab it...restore it and you'll love it.
Kenwc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 02:16 AM   #18
cheap bastard
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 616
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

I picked up a 60s era Baldor with a huge rest for $100 from a local hardware store's out of business sale. On friday, I picked up a 50s era Skill grinder with a cool stand made from an 18 inch dia. 4 inch deep bull gear and some 1/8"X 3 angle steel. It cost $15 at a garage sale.
cheap bastard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 04:46 PM   #19
emeraldcoupe
Senior Member
 
emeraldcoupe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: spring hill florida
Posts: 1,732
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

i picked this up off cl a few months back for $50 ,it's got ridiculous power, it's a beast. 1 hp 8" craftsman, from the 60's i think.
emeraldcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #20
kartracer55
Senior Member
 
kartracer55's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: NJ
Posts: 5,317
Default Re: Best bench grinder for the money?

The 8 Inch Craftsman Pro pictured above is a great grinder for the money if you snag it on sale. Used the hell out of one. Dewalt is a solid choice as well. I personally own a Dewalt and love them both, for around $120.

Id say baldor is probably king, but everybody knows how much they are and charge accordingly for used, so unless you can wait for a few months while you find one, those are my 2 top picks. Stay away from Task Force.
__________________
Add yourself to the official Garage Junkies map!

http://www.frappr.com/garagejunkies
kartracer55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:44 PM.