Anyone have a Harbor Freight bench grinder? - Homesteading Today
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Country Living Forums > Shop Talk

Shop Talk Get your mechanical questions answered here!


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1  
Old 11/18/11, 07:40 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northcentral MN
Posts: 14,014
Anyone have a Harbor Freight bench grinder?

I'm looking for a decent grinder. I won't use it very much but I would like one strong enough to do some actual work without bogging down.

I see Harbor Freight has a 3/4 hp for about $60.

__________________

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" Hobbs
"I'm not sure that man needs the help." Calvin

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11/18/11, 08:16 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 4,195

If you're not going to use HF tools professionally on an every day basis-they are a good deal...

__________________

Watching msnbc is the intellectual equivalent of mutual masturbation by a group of monkeys.

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11/18/11, 09:40 AM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northcentral MN
Posts: 14,014

Thanks. I just want one that will work when I turn it on and not be so underpowered that I have to wait while it accelerates after every cut.

__________________

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" Hobbs
"I'm not sure that man needs the help." Calvin

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11/18/11, 11:41 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: north Alabama
Posts: 9,557

I have a Ryobi. Works fine, but I gotta ask - what are you using the grinder for? For sharpening tools and average use, I've never run into a situation lugging down a grinder.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11/18/11, 12:00 PM
In Remembrance
 
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 6,844

I'd recommend Northern Tools strongly over Harbor Freight. I have been extremely pleased with what they sell and all of the phone center folks are US.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11/18/11, 12:35 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northcentral MN
Posts: 14,014

I've got a few traps that I'd like to grind a space in the jaws so they don't meet in the catch area. I'd also use it to sharpen my ice chisel.

__________________

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" Hobbs
"I'm not sure that man needs the help." Calvin

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11/18/11, 01:26 PM
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 3,693

For that, the HF grinder will work adequately. They do bog easily, but what you wish to do isn't heavy grinding.

Both could be better done with a side angle grinder, imo. They work better, do more, and cost less.

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11/18/11, 01:41 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northcentral MN
Posts: 14,014

Thanks. I intend on doing that this weekend. I've got a 4" angle grinder that seems to cut like crazy. I just need to build a simple jig to hold the trap.

__________________

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" Hobbs
"I'm not sure that man needs the help." Calvin

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11/20/11, 09:54 AM
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: East TN
Posts: 6,976

When I think quality Harbor Freight doesn't cross my mind.
Tools and equipment are selling used for pennies on the dollar everywhere. Check craigslist and auctions and you'll find a high quality American made grinder that will outlast you. I have one that I bought new about 30 years ago. It runs so smooth compared to the cheapos there is no comparison.

__________________

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence"
Robert Frost

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11/20/11, 10:30 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Eastern-Central Ohio. Good ol' Tuscarawas County!
Posts: 392

-There is a Ryobi bench grinder in my local Craigslist right now for $15. Doesn't say how big the motor is though. Definitely give your local list a look.

L8R,
Matt

__________________
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11/21/11, 10:45 AM
HermitJohn's Avatar  
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 7,553

Usually the HF stuff is at least usable. I have never tried one of their bench grinders.

BUT several years ago, I saw this nice looking heavy no name bench grinder at local Chinese tool place for like $10 or maybe it was $15. Said 3/4 hp which I knew was greatly optimistic but base cast iron and sure big enough to have enough motor inside to at least do ok.

Got it home. It started spinning easy enough. Just reshaping end on screw driver bogged it down. Seriously, it was unusable. Still setting on a barrel in back room. I ran across little doityourself article where some guy had disassembled his cheapo Chinese bench grinder, removed the motor windings, etc. and installed a pulley inside on shaft, then cut slot in back of grinder motor housing and ran a belt to a real motor. Said it worked ok. Sort of like people in old days buying a mandrel setup and made a grinder, using a washing machine motor and belt to power it. Even 1/3 hp motor (a real one) should be enough for average use of a 6 inch bench grinder. But real half hp motors not that hard to come buy if you are willing to custom make a perch to use one say off an old pump or something. And I've seen even real 3/4 motors go cheap enough, just want to make sure its single phase and works with 120v AC.

Oh and just curious, I looked on ebay what used REAL commercial quality bench grinders go for. Figure around $200 for quality used one. I cant imagine average home user ever justifying a $200 bench grinder, but hey they are out there if you want one. And if it works well when you get it, for sure it will last lifetime. Also heavy enough that you would have satifaction of knowing any thief suffered greatly carting it off.

Oh here is link to discussion on another forum about chinese bench grinders. http://www.badcaps.net/forum/showthread.php?t=9250 Seems despite their size and weight, the actual motor inside is more akin to one in box fan. Around 1/8 hp at most.

__________________

"What would you do with a brain if you had one?" -Dorothy

"Well, then ignore what I have to say and go with what works for you." -Eliot Coleman


Last edited by HermitJohn; 11/21/11 at 11:26 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11/21/11, 12:39 PM
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northcentral MN
Posts: 14,014

I worked on some traps yesterday with the angle grinder. It seemed to cut just fine but I made the jaw a little wavy. I'll have to fix that. I think I'll put a little bead of weld on a jaw too.

__________________

"Do you believe in the devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man?" Hobbs
"I'm not sure that man needs the help." Calvin

Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

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 Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:58 PM.