Yes I couldn’t place it for a second but we had one at the school where I first taught, I wouldn’t say I ever walked away for a coffee and left it running though lol. I can still smell the cutting fluid even now. Depends on the stone obviously but we always sharpened on an oil stone afterwards, the grinding marks were quite pronounced. Ian
I guess it was probably down to the state of the blade , but I certainly remember it being used totally unattended.
Yes - the oil had a characteristic smell. I toyed for a while about buying and restoring one.
Perhaps the smell was more to do with the oil going off - like the white cutting fluid pumped around a metalworking lathe, which is prone to bacterial growth, and needs to be changed frequently.
Looking at the manual (downloadable from somewhere) the wheel is 80 grit rotating at 120rpm, and so is pretty aggressive. So although my recollection is a bit foggy at a half century distance, Rand must have used a second step to get rid of the grinding marks from the wheel. And the manual says "use only our specific anti-bacterial oil", and it says to change it frequently.
The Viceroy weighed in at 127kg! So a beast indeed.