If you're looking to buy a new bench grinder you're in the right place. In this article we go over the top points that you need to consider before you buy one. Whether you're a professional engineer or just a DIY enthusiast you should have a bench grinder in your workshop as they're an extremely useful tool for a range of tasks. But getting the best one for your needs is not always a simple task. The first and most important thing that you need to consider is what are your budget requirements/ Then you need to consider things like what materials will you be grinding, which determines the type of grinding wheel you will need. You should also think about whether you need a portable bench grinder, or if you'll keep it in just one place permanently. Even though this is a relatively simple tool to use, as you can see there are some confusing considerations to make before you buy one. SO to help with this let's take a look at the top bench grinders, and some of there pros and cons.
The SKIL 3380 is the top bench grinder
on this list because it comes with all the features you need and doesn't cost very much considering all of its benefits. As far as its size goes, it is reasonably compact being a 6 inch bench grinder. It is powered by a 2 AMP motor which spins the wheels at 3500 RPM. It has two different types of wheel coarseness, one small grit and one with bigger grit for removing material faster. You can also easily remove the wheels and replace them with your own custom size of grit. Above both wheels there's an LED light for weeping the workspace lit in dim areas. This bench grinder features rubber feet which help it to stay in place and also help to reduce vibrations making the grinding a smooth experience. The construction of this bench vise is mostly cast iron, so it's very durable. Overall this is a high quality bench grinder and we highly recommend it, especially if you're on a tight budget.
The Metabo DS 200 bench grinder is another good option. It is heavy duty and powerful, so it can tackle just about any job that you've got. It weighs 35 lbs and is an 8 inch wheel size grinder, so it's on the heavy duty end of the size range, but it's still pretty compact and portable. One notable pro of having a more heavy bench grinder is that the increased weight generally means decreased vibrations so your grinding experience will be smoother overall. The motor on this beast is 240 VOlts and 600 Watts so it can get the wheel spinning up to 3600 RPM under no load. This high spin speed coupled with heavy duty weight means that it takes a while to slow down when you turn it off, which might be a con for some. In conclusion this is one of the best bench grinders on this list, but might be a bit much in terms of price for beginners.