|Item Weight||37.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||16.38 x 10.75 x 11.25 inches|
|Item model number||80-805|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||5 Year|
RIKON Professional Power Tools, 80-805, 8â€ Slow Speed Bench Grinder, Powerful Shop Table Tool, Perfect for Sharpening, With Anti-Vibration Rubber Feet
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- HIGH QUALITY - This durable bench grinder includes 1” x8” 60 grit and 120 grit white aluminum oxide wheels.
- POWERFUL - With powerful ½ HP Motor with 1750 RPM this slow speed grinder has more than enough power for small workshops and for carpenters, turners, carvers, and other crafts people working with hand tools.
- STURDY AND SAFE - This grinders base is made of Cast Iron and features anti-vibration rubber feet. No mistakes will be made because of vibrations.
- ADJUSTABLE - The adjustable safety eye shield and spark resistors allow you to feel safe while using the slowspeed grinder. Also, this bench grinder includes a groove in its design for the sharpening of drill bits.
- KEEP IT COOL - This grinder is fully equipped with a diamond wheel sharpener and is ideal for sharpening operations since it reduces heat build-up.
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8" Slow Speed Bench Grinder. Powerful 1/2 hp Motor with 1750 RPM. Ideal for sharpening operations because it reduces heat build-up. Includes 1" x 8" 60 grit and 120 Grit white aluminum oxide wheels. Built sturdy with cast iron base featuring anti-vibration rubber feet. Adjustable safety eye shield and spark resisters.
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First a comment on VS versus slow speed. I think the part of my Delta that died was the rheostat for varying the speed - were I younger and in a larger shop I might have taken it apart and replaced the rheostat. It was nice to be able to go to 3600 rpm and use my coarser CBN wheel to make major regrinds on tools, but if it shortened the life of my grinder it wasn't worth it. I can go to my belt sander and rough shape the tool by hand. At 1725 my 80 grit CBN allows me to make any radical reshaping I want of a tool in about a half hour, and minor reshapings in 10 minutes. I think the slow speed is the better choice for wood turning tools as the electronics are less complicated and should last longer.
Now which slow speed? The CBN wheels are heavier than the composite "stone" wheels so one might think they need more power. This 1/2 HP Rikon brings them up to speed in about six seconds with no motor noise that might indicate strain (that was the fault in my faulty Delta VS). I lose no wheel speed and hear no motor strain when grinding heavily on my course wheel in reshaping with the half horse, I think the 1 horse is an unnecessary expense for my application.
May I add that a couple of days ago I had been touching up a tool and then went to test it on the piece I was turning without turning off the Rikon. I was distracted and left my bedroom shop to take care of other things. I came back about three hours later and found the grinder still spinning. I felt the motor cover and the heat wasn't excessive, it had been running the heavy wheels but wasn't straining. BTW, I neglected to turn it off as the free running sound from the grinder is zero (and I have good ears).
One caveat, obey the instructions to remove the rubber feet if you are bolting it down. I spent hours setting it up to duplicate the exact height of the wheels above my Wolverine base that I had with the Delta so I could use my home made gauges for my gouges. I made shims under the feet, but it never came out right. OOPS, I made one little error, I forgot that when I tightened down the grinder on the base platform the rubber feet would compress and change the height unevenly.
I can't tell you how long this grinder will last, but I can give a pretty good guess that it will be a long time as the lack of motor noise, or change in motor noise under load, suggests a long life. It may not be the best for general grinding, given the negative reviews on the tool rests and such, but it is excellent for my purpose - which is regular use to touch up or regrind wood turning tools. The 1 1/2 CBN wheels fit the arbor, although witn no room to spare. The bolts holding my wheels aren't fully used, but it only about 1/16" shy which is plenty of grip on the wheel.
June 10 - emailed customer service; no response
June 18 - emailed customer service; no response
July 2 - emailed customer service, sales, and parts departments; sales responded within 3 days and had parts to me within a week
In the last email, I included the model #, serial #, my shipping address, and list of required parts. Rikon's sales department put in an order for the replacement parts and sent them out to me free under warranty.
Somewhere in there I also contacted Woodcraft and they responded that I should call them back for a diagnosis. I didn't realize it originally, but Woodcraft's return policy is not as good as Amazon's; you have to pay return shipping even if the product is defective.
Removing the bent flange was incredibly difficult...it took me about half an hour of wiggling and prying with a big screwdriver.
More than a month after purchase, I was finally able to use the grinder, and it's nice aside from the annoying groove in the tool rest for the left wheel, for sharpening drill bits. I'll definitely be replacing that tool rest with something more usable.
As mentioned in the WOOD Magazine review, the tool rests are a pain to adjust. Fortunately, there are plenty of aftermarket replacements you can buy, or you can make your own. Aside from those issues, the grinder seems like a well-made tool, and the included friable wheels and diamond dresser mean you can use it right out of the box--assuming, of course, yours doesn't come with any defective parts.
By Vldz on August 26, 2018