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Woodcraft - 150780 Bench Grinder

The Woodcraft 150780 bench grinder features tool rests that hold their settings well.

$125 (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

The Woodcraft grinder has two-piece tool rests with relatively flat but small platforms. The rests and platforms can be adjusted, but the job requires a wrench, which is a hassle. But once dialed in, the tool rests held their settings well. The biggest problem with the Woodcraft in this review is that it vibrated a lot, even after I corrected the wheels for runout and dressed them.

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Editor Test Results:

Runout 0.006 in. (after flange adjustment)

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Woodcraft
Manufacturer's Web Site www.woodcraft.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-225-1153
Wheels 1 in. wide; 120 grit, 60 grit
Speed 1,725 rpm
Horsepower 1/2 HP
Amps N/A
Watts N/A
Volts N/A
Tool rest 2-3⁄8 in. by 1-1/4 in.

I owned this Woodcraft grinder model 150780 for 5 years and was able to manage its constant vibration by repositioning the wheels, adjusting and dressing. But the vibration did not go away and now I can't control it, to the point that using the grinder is dangerous; it now vibrates and overheats. I called Woodcraft on 3/16/2016 and they told me that it was out of warranty but I could buy their new Rikon. The grinder is one of those tools that should last a long time. I have no desire to buy another grinder from Woodcraft knowing they don't stand behind their products, specially those that have their name on the label.

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