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Bench Grinders

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I'm looking at getting a bench grinder finally, instead of going over to my neighbors all the time to sharpen my mower blades, etc.

It will be a limited use tool (once/twice a week).

Any brands I should stay away from? Or stick with?

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I found that my benchtop drill press with the proper sanding attachment does a better job of sharpening mower blades and you're less likely to knock them out of balance.

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I dont know which bench grinders but they all should be decent enough for what you want to do. I use a hand grinder with a sanding wheel for my blades. Its all personal preference..

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the ones from Ace have lasted me 3 + years at the shop, maybe once a week, sometimes twice is an estimated usage.

I believe we have the 1/3HP.

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I have a Dayton and a cheap Menards Tool Shop brand and the biggest difference is the distance between the wheels. The cheapo is about 12" and the Dayton is closer to 18". The wider distance is nice so you don't have to worry about hitting the other wheel while grinding. It also seems to have a lot more power even though they are the same 1/3 HP.The down side is that you will pay 2 to 3 times more for a Dayton.

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Most bench grinders are more motor than brand.

This is the truth, In my Opinion Baldor Motors are the best.

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For sharpening mower blades I actually prefer a hand held grinder with an abrasive sanding disc much more than a bench grinder.

Then again, what do I know, I drink pabst. grin

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as inexpensive as blades are, why bother goofin around trying to match a factory angle and balance? I just replace em every spring.

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I work in a welding shop and we have a dewalt that gets heavy daily use is 6 years old and never let us down yet

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I've got a Delta that wasn't a ton of money, and is more than good enough for home use. $38 I think.

DD

PS: A few years ago I first bought a bench grinder from one of the tool shows that sells you stuff in teh local Armory or what ever and you go outside and get it out of the back of a big truck. Used a total of about 10 times and started on fire. Not good, get a name brand.

DD

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For sharpening mower blades I actually prefer a hand held grinder with an abrasive sanding disc much more than a bench grinder.

Then again, what do I know, I drink pabst. grin

I do the exact same thing. Not only that I don't even have to take the blades off the mower. I don't drink Pabst though. grin

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