Choosing the best bench grinder

your guide to choosing the best bench grinder

Below we've compiled a list of the most important things to consider when you're looking into buying a new bench grinder. Bench grinders range from cheap and shabby to expensive and well made, there's a right one for everyone's budgets and needs, our aim is to point out what you need to know to get the best bench grinder for your needs.

Think about which type of materials you plan to grind with your bench grinder. Will it be heavy duty jobs, or jobs that are more light-weight in nature. Usually most grinders have a speed option from 2-3 thousand RPM, the higher the amount of adjustable speeds a bench grinder has - the more materials it can grind.

Like speed, power is an important thing to consider when looking for a bench grinder. The power of most tools is measure in horsepower, you can be sure that anything with half a horse power or more should be ample for most jobs. But just be sure to check out the horsepower ratings before you buy so that you don't regret your purchase later on.

Build Quality
The best bench grinders should last you a lifetime. The price of a bench grinder usually directly reflects what the build quality is like, however it's not always the case. You can sometimes snatch a bargain on sale for a great price that is also a very high end machine. The Cast iron base that most grinders come with is heavy duty and sturdy. So you should look for one with a cast iron base, it also means that the machine will not vibrate so much while you're operating it.

Work light/ Work space lighting
Have you ever tried operating heavy duty power tools in a poorly lit area? If you have you'll know that it's a very bad idea, and not a safe practice at all. Thankfully some bench grinders feature a built in LED work light. Make sure to look out for a model with this feature.

Type of Grinding Wheel.
You can always switch the grinding wheel on your bench grinder if you need a specific one later on. However, some wheels are more suitable for grinding specific types of materials. So if you know before you buy which type of grinding you will do then purchase one with the right type of wheel right off the bat.