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#7209298 - 06/26/18 07:30 PM Belt grinder
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What belt grinder should I buy as a beginning knife maker?

What other equipment and what brands are highly recommended?

What order did you buy your equipment in?

Thx

Mark

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#7210434 - 06/27/18 08:47 PM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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Is there a better forum for these questions?

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#7210471 - 06/27/18 09:25 PM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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A whole lot depends on how serious you are about staying with it long term. I started with a 2X72 from Grizzly. I still have it and use it for somethings but my primary is a 2X72 3 hp. variable speed with both a flat platten and a 10" contact wheel setup. Good variable speed grinders aren't cheap but they are worth the money if you plan to stay with it for a long time. Some start with just a 1X32 from harbor freight and some even start with just using hand files.
What type of power tools do you currently have?
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#7210598 - 06/28/18 05:41 AM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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I started with harbor freight and wound up with hearing aids.
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#7210625 - 06/28/18 06:48 AM Re: Belt grinder [Re: MikeC]
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Originally Posted By: MikeC
A whole lot depends on how serious you are about staying with it long term. I started with a 2X72 from Grizzly. I still have it and use it for somethings but my primary is a 2X72 3 hp. variable speed with both a flat platten and a 10" contact wheel setup. Good variable speed grinders aren't cheap but they are worth the money if you plan to stay with it for a long time. Some start with just a 1X32 from harbor freight and some even start with just using hand files.
What type of power tools do you currently have?


Thank you for your response Mike. I have been in the construction and commercial building
Maintenance business for 40 + years. I own at least one of most power tools and hand tools.

The grinder appears to be the first piece of equipment I need to purchase and
while I certainly donít need to start with the best out there, I do want to
purchase a very good one, and I want to purchase the right one based on
others experience in the knife making profession.

Mark

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#7211123 - 06/28/18 03:41 PM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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Originally Posted By: bucksnbass357
Is there a better forum for these questions?


bladeforums.com has a huge amount of information.
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#7211135 - 06/28/18 03:53 PM Re: Belt grinder [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: bucksnbass357
Is there a better forum for these questions?


bladeforums.com has a huge amount of information.



Thank you Sir

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#7211424 - 06/28/18 09:24 PM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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The good news is that Iíve found my belt grinder to be an invaluable tool to have in the garage whether Iím working on knives or not. I use mine for small welding projects, furniture repair, auto repair, you name it. I donít think they are a bad investment for someone like you that uses tools for a living. A serious knife making grinder would be a 2x72 variable. Iíd look for something like a KMG.
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#7211537 - 06/29/18 06:37 AM Re: Belt grinder [Re: Misfire]
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Originally Posted By: Misfire
The good news is that Iíve found my belt grinder to be an invaluable tool to have in the garage whether Iím working on knives or not. I use mine for small welding projects, furniture repair, auto repair, you name it. I donít think they are a bad investment for someone like you that uses tools for a living. A serious knife making grinder would be a 2x72 variable. Iíd look for something like a KMG.
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Very good Sir. Thank you

I have been researching quite a bit and that one is on my list

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#7211670 - 06/29/18 09:55 AM Re: Belt grinder [Re: bucksnbass357]
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Originally Posted By: bucksnbass357
Originally Posted By: Misfire
The good news is that Iíve found my belt grinder to be an invaluable tool to have in the garage whether Iím working on knives or not. I use mine for small welding projects, furniture repair, auto repair, you name it. I donít think they are a bad investment for someone like you that uses tools for a living. A serious knife making grinder would be a 2x72 variable. Iíd look for something like a KMG.
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Very good Sir. Thank you

I have been researching quite a bit and that one is on my list


When you make your decision please post the selection and price. Iíve thought about getting one too....just hasnít made it up the priority list to look into it much.
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