Craftsman 6" Variable Speed Bench Grinder

WOOD magazine rating


Thin-line motor housing for easy grinding of longer materials and a large, independently-operable lamp for illuminating set-up and grinding operations. Lighted on/off rocker switch. Includes one 36-grit and one 60-grit wheel for grinding a wide variety of projects. Large, Cast Iron base reduces vibration and provides stability during use. Wide, clear eye shields are supported by sturdy spark guards for safe operation.

WOOD magazine review

Craftsman 6" Variable Speed Bench Grinder

Review Summary

If you change wheels frequently, you’ll appreciate this grinder. Removing just one threaded knob frees the wheel cover. An included wrench holds the motor shaft while you loosen the arbor nut. The same wrench helps you loosen the tool rests for sliding them forward and back. The grinding wheel works for touching up tool edges, and you can use the wire wheel to clean rust from an old hand plane.
The included accessories offer a mixed bag of performance: The star-wheel dressing tool works fine for truing 60-grit and coarser wheels; a drill-bit sharpening plate mounts on either tool rest (but we had little luck reviving bits with it); a handy quench cup clips to the base and holds water for cooling tools while sharpening. The 6" and 8" versions of this grinder have near-identical features, so let your needs and wallet dictate your choice. Get it if: You need rough grinding as well as wire-wheel cleaning. Forget it if: You expect razor-sharp tools from the 60-grit wheel.

Detailed Ratings

out of 5





Ease of Use




Tip of the Day

Planer tune-up: Keep it Clean

Drvie Chain

Clean the drive chain and sprockets only if they become covered in dust or chips. Use a brass-... read more