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#5769343 - 06/01/15 06:28 PM New grinder
emory73m Offline
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Registered: 08/24/14
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Loc: Blooming Grove
My hf 1x30 is giving out on me and I'm about ready to upgrade to a 2x72. As of right now, my first choice is the kmg grinder with the flat platen. Is 1.5hp enough or should I pay extra for a 2hp? Are there any other grinder suggestions for around the same price? All help is appreciated.

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#5769452 - 06/01/15 07:28 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
Jerry Fisk Offline
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Registered: 03/16/15
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Loc: SW Arkansas
Not sure of the cost right now but I use the KMG grinder set up.
You can everything I can think of both, you will just do it a bit faster on the 2hp and with less hand strain. Which is a big deal when you get my age with beat up ole hands.
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#5769454 - 06/01/15 07:28 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
Jerry Fisk Offline
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Not sure of the cost right now but I use the KMG grinder set up.
You can everything I can think of both, you will just do it a bit faster on the 2hp and with less hand strain. Which is a big deal when you get my age with beat up ole hands.

Getting a variable speed would be important though. You can just creep that rascal along to get into and do delicate steps.


Edited by Jerry Fisk (06/01/15 07:29 PM)
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#5769605 - 06/01/15 08:47 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
emory73m Offline
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The 3 speed 2hp grinder is a little over $1500 shipped. The variable is pushing $2000. I'm not sure how much life is left in my 1x30.

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#5769842 - 06/01/15 10:45 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
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I also use a KMG with variable speed. Speed control makes a world of difference in what you can get done at the grinder. If you're on a 110v breaker then 1.5 hp is about the limit. I installed a dedicated 220v breaker for my grinder and run a 3 hp motor. Pay attention to amps drawn when selecting a motor so that you don't over extend your circuit.

If the KMG is just too much cabbage then check out the "no weld grinder". It's a kmg knockoff you can build yourself.


Edited by D.Crawford (06/01/15 10:50 PM)
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#5769867 - 06/01/15 11:21 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
emory73m Offline
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I haven't looked at the no weld grinder. The other one I was looking at is the pheer 454 with the flat platen, variable 1.5hp for $1720 shipped.

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#5773788 - 06/04/15 10:35 AM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
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I have been working on my semi-custom knife grinder for a while now, its up and running and I really like it. I basically just assembled it via ordering the parts from a few websites and getting lucky on a few eBay auctions. I would guess I'm in it now at right at 1000 or a little less. It started as a single speed grinder with a motor I had laying around, now its upgraded to a 3 phase with VFD. Here is a link to the photo bucket album with some photos, check it out if you want.

http://s1248.photobucket.com/user/randallss7/library/2%20x%2072%20belt%20grinder?sort=3&page=1


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#5774285 - 06/04/15 03:31 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Well done. I looked at the pics.
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#5774292 - 06/04/15 03:35 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
Jason Fry Offline


Registered: 01/27/09
Posts: 1300
Loc: Abilene, TX
Buy a KMG if you can afford it. Build your own if you can't swing a KMG. If you've got a bit of mechanical aptitude, it's not that difficult. IMO you are better off building your own with interchangeable tool arms than going with a Grizzly or Coote.


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#5774376 - 06/04/15 04:39 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
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#5774748 - 06/04/15 09:09 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
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Registered: 05/04/15
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Loc: Florida
I bought a Burr King at the 1990 Blade Show in Orlando. I always liked the Bader that my mentor used, it ran at 3600 rpm, while the Burr King was 1800 rpm.
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#5777979 - 06/07/15 06:08 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
emory73m Offline
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Registered: 08/24/14
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Loc: Blooming Grove
I'm planning on ordering a 2hp variable speed kmg on Monday!

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#5778008 - 06/07/15 06:28 PM Re: New grinder [Re: emory73m]
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randalls7 very nice, you did well.

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