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=Adam=

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Hi guys!

I need to buy a grinder....

Which one I want is the problem :(

I have seen some on the Axminster website which come with a white wheel:

http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-awbgdl-wide-stone-grinder-prod789070/
http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-awwsg-wetstone-grinder-prod809134/

I have also seen this when I was in wickes:

http://www.wickes.co.uk/250w-wet-and-dr ... vt/186888/

I don't really want to spend more than £50 on a grinder, I know this isn't much but I can't really afford to go any higher than that.

Out of those that I have posted, which on would you say would be best suited for my wood turning tools?

I would like to add, I am not going to only sharpen turning tools, I would also like to use it to sharpen some standard wood working chisels.

Thanks for looking guys and I cant wait to read the replies!
 

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I have the second one you posted and it does a fair job as far as i can tell, the wickes one seems a bit cheap to me plus the axminster one is not bad for doing planes and normal chisels, just my opinion!
 

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I wouldn't bother with the wet wheel type, they're of no use for sharpening woodturning chisels (unless you go for the more expensive Tormek ones, and even then, it's debatable). The Axminster wide wheel jobby looks fine, Record Power do a similar one for the same sort of price, and is quite well regarded.

Cheers
Aled
 

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I prefer the slower 1425 rpm grinders - most, except the wet wheel ones, run at double that
 

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Blister":1ouam1bu said:
http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axminster-aw8srg2-slow-running-grinder-prod460432/

This is the type I would advise , slow running , not cheap but kinder on your turning tools :wink:
That's a nice grinder, I have one at school. However the benefits of a slow speed 8" grinder isn't as great as it sounds, as the surface speed of the wheel is increased due to the increased diameter.
 

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I have the axminster one with the wide white wheel, I find it okay :). I would be very tempted with the wickes one as that's half the normal price.
 

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of the ones listed I would go for the first you list

the white stone is the one you would use (of those shown) and the wide version makes a lot of sense for skews and chisels initially (and then when you develop a jig for sharpening your gouges to fancy grinds it will again be a benefit)

I had the Wickes one and removed all the wheels - replacing the right hand one with a wide Peter Child blue wheel. I also have a Rutlands one similar to the Axi one you list first (but not as good)
 

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I have just replaced my Axminster wet wheel grinder with a wide-white wheel one (6" Record, but Axy do one similar). The new one is much better for sharpening turning tools in my opinion.

Si
 

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Just ordered the record grinding wheel from amazon with free one day delivery :p

should be ready to rock for the weekend :D
 

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That's a good price for the record these days. I just paid just over £60 for mine...

Now you just need to save up for / make a grinding jig - made the world of difference for a newby like me.

Si.
 

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Jig has been made already :) I got bored in work so knocked one together :)
 

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I replaced the wire brush in my grinder with a white stone some time back and found it a bonus (I have a Tormek) for re-shaping. What I do need to do now is to replace it with a wide one - what sources of these are there ? Axminster don't say what the bore is on theirs - certainly I could ask, but are there other sellers ?

Rob
 

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Adam, now that you have the grinder don't forget the dressing stick - a most important bit of kit. The front of the wheels have to be kept flat and sharp. When the surfaces looks shiny and has black bits ingrained you need to dress them. The sticks are available from Axminster and cost about £6.
Fred.
 
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