Craftsman 8" Variable Speed Bench Grinder

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
21162
Price:
$170

Description

8 in. bench grinder with variable speed control - 1725-3450 RPM - for a variety of grinding applications. Quick-change wheel guards, thin-line motor housing. Includes large, flexible work light with an independent on/off switch, one grinding, and one wire wheel for maximum versatility. Large, adjustable tool rests with patented attachment for accurate bit sharpening. Includes water cooling tray and hand-held wheel dresser. Cast Iron base reduces vibration and adds stability during use. Wide, clear eye shields and sturdy spark guards.

WOOD magazine review

Craftsman 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

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

3

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