Best Bench Grinder For Sharpening Chisels

Detailed below is a list of the best bench grinders that deliver flawless results and are popular tools with woodworking professionals. Check out all the pros and cons to determine the best one to have on hand for the needs of your sharpening chisel. Before getting started, brush up on these safety tips for working with bench grinders.

  • Genesis GBG800L Bench Grinder with Dual Light, 8-Inch
  • Metabo DS 200 8-Inch Bench Grinder
  • WEN 4276 2.1-Amp 6-Inch Bench Grinder with Flexible Work Light
  • Shop Fox W1840 Variable-Speed Grinder with Work Light, 8″

What We Liked

  • Powered by a 3/4 HP motor and runs on 120 volts electrical charge. It also turns at 3550 revolutions per minute (RPM)
  • The motor delivers a reliable performance and produces low noise output.
  • Features two wheels that are ¾ inch thick and 8 inch diameter.
  • One wheel is 36 grit for coarse grinding. The other is an 80 grit wheel for fine grinding.
  • Very cost effective bench grinder. Besides its industrial use, it is a great power tool to have at home for DIY projects.
  • Two flexible work lights that adequately illuminate the work area for safety and better accuracy.
  • A pair of clear eye-shields protect your eyes and face from burns caused by friction sparks.
  • Cast metal tool rests on this bench grinder are adjustable and comfortable to use.
  • A cast iron base that reduces vibration of the unit during grinding sessions.
  • Base of the unit has holes that are pre-drilled to facilitate easy mounting on a pedestal stand or a work bench to provide the best stability and to prevent walking or wobbling.

What We Didn't Like

  • The wheels catch up speed way too quickly. If you are not ready with the tool in correct position as soon as the motor starts running, there is a chance of causing damage to the sharpening chisels.

What We Liked

  • Powered by a 4.8 Amp motor that has a low noise output and turns the wheels at 3570 revolutions per minute (RPM).
  • This bench grinder features two corundum grinding wheels. Both wheels are 1 inch thick and have an 8 inch diameter.
  • One wheel is a 60 grit. It is used for fine grinding work. The other wheel is 36 grit— used for coarse grinding work.
  • Tool rests allow comfortable support to the work pieces.

What We Didn't Like

  • Eye guards are not large enough to offer adequate protection. Users say it is advisable to invest in a flip helmet that offers protection to the entire face.

What We Liked

  • WEN 4276 is a high speed power tool. It can easily deburr ragged and chipped edges or unwanted protrusions as well as remove rust from metal. It can also clean, buff and polish surfaces with effortless ease. Grinding jobs such as shaping, smoothening, sharpening etc. are quick and easy with this bench grinder.
  • This bench grinder is powered by a 2.1 Amp motor. The motor has a low noise output and a smooth performance. This powerful motor turns the wheels at 3450 revolutions per minute (RPM).
  • This bench grinder features two grinding wheels. Both wheels are ¾ inch thick and have a 6 inch diameter.
  • One wheel is a 60 grit (for fine-grinding) while the other is a 36 grit wheel (for coarse grinding).
  • Features a powerful heavy duty motor. Given the durability and versatility of the grinding wheels, this bench grinder is ready to take on large volumes of work that are very common in production shops.
  • This bench grinder features a work light that will sufficiently illuminate your workspace.
  • At 16 lb, WEN 4276 is light in weight and also of a compact size.
  • Adjustable eye shield on this bench grinder are vital in protecting you from debris of the tools and friction sparks.
  • Tool rests offer comfortable support and make way for accurate grinding.

What We Didn't Like

  • Light does not stay on unless the motor of the bench grinder is running. This causes inconvenience when you wish to examine the tool after grinding. Users have suggested that the work light should have an independent power on / off switch.

What We Liked

  • Shop Fox W1840 is a variable-speed grinder that is powered by a 3/4 HP motor. It also turns at 2000 - 3400 revolutions per minute (RPM).
  • Its slow-speed offers better finesse and high speed helps faster removal of unwanted material. You can decide the speed you want to run the grinder at, depending on the grinding task you are using it for.
  • Shop Fox W1840 features 2 grinding wheels of 8 inch diameter and are made of Aluminum-Oxide.
  • This bench grinder features a work light that will adequately illuminate your workspace.
  • Eye shields on this bench grinder are large and transparent. They keep you safe from debris of the tools and friction sparks.
  • Tool rests are comfortable to use and are adjustable.

What We Didn't Like

  • The base of this bench grinder is quite wide. Mounting the jig brackets, so that they are centered with grinding wheel, seems like an extremely inconvenient task.

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