21162 Bench Grinder - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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21162 Bench Grinder

Craftsman - 21162 Bench Grinder

The Craftsman 21162 bench grinder grinder features a handy work light and features a easy to make angle adjustments.

$170 (As of 4/5/2012)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Bench Grinders for Woodworkers

by Chris Gochnour

review date: April 5, 2012

This grinder has the biggest tool-rest platforms of all the grinders, and they were flat. Angle adjustments were easy to make via a thumbscrew, but detents in the mechanism had to be overridden by a washer spacer. Once set, the platforms held their settings. But depth adjustments, which are needed whenever the angle is changed, require a wrench, which is a hassle. The grinder was the only one in the group that did not experience severe runout, so no flange adjustment was needed. But the machine’s brass wire wheel is essentially useless for woodworkers and caused a lot of vibration. The work light comes in handy.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.005 in.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Craftsman
Manufacturer's Web Site www.craftsman.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-697-3277
Wheels 1 in. wide; 60 grit,
Speed Variable: 1,745 - 3,450 RPM
Horsepower 1 HP
Amps N/A
Watts N/A
Volts 110 V
Tool rest 4-1/4 in. by 1-7⁄8 in.

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