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Wheelerfreak

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So, since I didn't get any responses on the shop and tools forum here it is again since GCC gets more traffic. I will be ordering this tomorrow since I need to finish up my interrupted projects.

I smoked my bench grinder and need to replace it. I bought this one probably 15-20 or so years ago so I got my money's worth out of it. It's not made anymore so I can't just buy the same one again.

Looking to stay the same size so I can use the wheels etc, so 8" with 5/8" arbor.
Under or around $300 would be nice and in the 1hp range.

looking at this Jet industrial 8". https://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/ibg...grinder/578008

A Baldor would be nice but $1200 is pretty damn steep,


Also I"m going to make a stand for it and my belt sander. I was looking online at various stands and they are from 28-36" tall at the mounting location for the tool. That seems too damn short like I'd be bending over to work at it. I'm no Brimmstone, but 48" seems to be a better height IMO. What heights are have you made your stand to? I'm just using an old steel 17" wheel, some 2x2 tubing and a piece of 1/4" plate to make them.
 
I'd find a used Baldor or some other old USA made one over the Jet. It doesn't say anywhere on the site where it's made, so I'm assuming China.
 
baldor 1/3hp will have more power than a 1hp chinese grinder
they are rated in electrical draw and not actual power output

I can lean into my 1/3hp baldor decently hard where the 3/4hp chinese grinder I keep a white wheel on on for edge finishing will not take any amount of pressure to slow down to a stop
 
oh and you will not find a decent used one on craigslist, at least around here they're one of few things that never goes for reasonable money
just buy a new one off whatever site is cheapest, and spend the extra couple bucks to get the one with cast wheel guards rather than stamped
 
I saw a single used Baldor on CL that they were asking $600 for and it looked like it was salvaged from the Titanic. If I can get one for the $300 range and it lasts as long as the last that was half that price I’ll be happy. I can’t drop 1200 or so ona grinder as much as I want to. The jet I was looking at was made in Taiwan FWIW.
 
I have no idea how they've made it so fucking hard to buy a brand new one, they are like 350-400 brandy fucking new for the 1/3hp 6" one but all I can find are the 1/2hp red painted 7" ones
did they close their factory for this whole panic bullshit?

ETA: says discontinued on all three of their 1/3hp models on their site. WTF? Those were like THE cheap bench grinder to buy
 
[486 said:
;n118188]oh and you will not find a decent used one on craigslist, at least around here they're one of few things that never goes for reasonable money
just buy a new one off whatever site is cheapest, and spend the extra couple bucks to get the one with cast wheel guards rather than stamped

I've been kinda looking for one for my shop for a couple weeks. Read this thread, looked on Marketplace, was the first of 9 to message within 10 minutes of listing, went and picked it up. Weird.

Thanks for the reminder, Wheelerfreak!

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I've been kinda looking for one for my shop for a couple weeks. Read this thread, looked on Marketplace, was the first of 9 to message within 10 minutes of listing, went and picked it up. Weird.

Thanks for the reminder, Wheelerfreak!

You're welcome:flipoff2: I don't do Facebook so no MP for me. My choices are word of mouth and craigslist.
 
I have one just begging for a loose piece of clothing so it can rip your arm off.
 
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