I bought a Sears 2X42 belt grinder with a 6" round surface grinder attached for my 1st one. It is OK for a first grinder. It cost ~$150 so price is low. It is also a good grinder to keep for handle shaping when you are ready to move up to a better grinder. It is not a great grinder for making knives, but it will work for flat platen and slack belt grinding. If you have the money you would want to step up the ladder if possible.