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Beginner belt grinder

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by DrayGu3, May 27, 2019.

  1. DrayGu3

    DrayGu3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 18, 2018
    I'm sure this has been asked a thousand times...what is the best beginner 2x72 belt grinder? Is there a kit available?
     
  2. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley

    Oct 17, 2007
    You're right, it has been discussed quite a bit. ;)

    What's your budget?

    There are more grinder manufacturers now than there have ever been. OBM (origin blade maker) has a couple of different models, Polar Bear Forge has the GIB (Grinder in box), or you can look up the EERF plans and have the pieces cut out yourself. Pheer is highly regarded and has a few different package options. Kadrmas Kreations is a relatively new company, but they seem to have good prices and a number of options, though some people are complaining about lack of communication and lead time.

    Other grinder makers: Reeder Products Inc., Ameribrade, Wilmont, KMG/Beaumont Metal Works, Black Fox Knifewerks, AMK, Northridge (I think they're working on a budget model), etc....
     
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  3. DrayGu3

    DrayGu3 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 18, 2018
    I wasn't sure where to start. This is exactly the info I needed. Not sure on the budget yet, but in general I won't waste time with garbage.
    Thanks brother
     
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  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Don't discount the Coote, Kalamazoo, or even the Grizzly grinders. All 3 have both contact wheels and flat platens.
    The Coote and Kalamazoo can be configured with multiple pulleys for speed control, or with a VFD.
    The Pheer grinders are very good values, and very good grinders.
     
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  5. 12345678910

    12345678910

    Jul 13, 2009
    tw-90
     
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  6. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

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    Sep 27, 2014
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  7. R.C.Reichert

    R.C.Reichert

    897
    Jul 26, 2008
    What I love the most about the Grizzly and why I want one......is because of the paint job. I love that green color of their products. But they also just look like really robust machines. However variable speed would be much more nicer to work with.
     
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  8. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    If you have room for more than one grinder, the Grizzly is a good one to have.
     
  9. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    Pheer 454 affordable and EXCELLENT!! Everything that fits the kmg fits it. Options are endless.
     
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    Coy Ranch

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  11. Trauma

    Trauma Gold Member Gold Member

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    May 26, 2019
  12. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    I see they changed their name. Used to be Oregon. I have seen many good reviews. Whichever you choose. Make sure to get variable speed.
     

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