Best Bench Grinder For Woodturning in 2019 (Buyers Guide)

What to Look for in Bench Grinders

There are many bench grinders available in the market as you can imagine here. Though all the bench grinders will get the basic job done, you need to select a bench grinder based on the task you will be using it for.

For example, if you are looking to use a bench grinder to deburr ragged and chipped edges as well as remove rust from metal, you will want to opt for a bench grinder that features a wheel with lower grit, for coarse grinding, if you are looking to shape, smoothen and sharpen, buff and polish tools, with a bench grinder, you will want to select a model that features a wheel with higher grit, so you get excellent results. If you want your tools to have a razor sharp edge, you will need a honing wheel, which delivers flawless results. Before purchasing a bench grinder, be sure to decide what task you will be using it with the most and then let the requirement of the task guide the choice.

The price of bench grinders is likely to be based on the features they offer, the strength and quality of the motor, in-built safety features etc. among other things. Mentioned below is a list of top three bench grinders (with their features) that are a great value for money. You can find a full guide of what to look for in your bench grinders here.

Bench Grinders in this Article:

  • DeWALT DW758 8-Inch Bench Grinder
  • Craftsman Professional Variable Speed 8″ Bench Grinder (21162)
  • SKIL 3380-01 6-Inch Bench Grinder

A heavy-duty bench grinder built with power. Turning the wheels at 3600 RPM you’ll have nothing but effective grinding and efficiency. With the longer grinding sessions, you can be sure that your grinder will still operate properly and safely with its built-in overload protection system. 

Use this grinder for sharpening, deburring protrusions or chipped edges, removing dust and more. There’s really no limit with this one, it’s versatile, functional and reliable for prolonged use. 

One thing to note though is that it sits on aluminum rests, which tend to warp over time. Aluminum is a very malleable metal and with heat, it becomes even more malleable. Though resting on aluminum the rest of the build is made with high quality cast iron which is incredible for durability and sturdiness. Check out some other features below. 

What We Liked

  • Ideal for grinding long tools
  • 3600 RPM
  • Features patented tools and attachments

What We Didn't Like

  • Tool rests on aluminum that may warp overtime

Craftsman professional bench grinder is a variable speed machine best in any bench grinding work. It’s adjustable, durable and highly effective for you job. It’s very ideal for jobs like deburring, rust removal, cleaning, buffing and even polishing many different surfaces. 

The lower speed doesn’t mean less power, instead, it provides more accurate and controllable quality in whatever you put your hands on. Whether it’s deburring or polishing the lower speed allows you to stay control of what happens, higher speeds tend to be quick solutions but more difficult to get the best quality work done. If you’re curious, the RPMs ranged from 2000 to 3400 RPM for the Craftsman Professional grinder. 

In addition, it features a great incandescent light that illuminates your workspace for even more accuracy. We think there’s a trend here for quality work done. Lastly, you’ll also be equipped with a wheel dresser so easy cleaning and maintenance on the wheels. 

What We Liked

  • Water tray helps cool down tools after use
  • Rests on adjustable and patented attachments

What We Didn't Like

  • Wheels slow down when turned off, not immediate stop

Powered by a 2.1 AMP motor making the wheels turn at 3450 RPM, you’ve got yourself a quick and effective solution in any grinding work needed. The build of the bench grinder is made with cast iron framing for the best durability and sturdiness. This also is great for safety concerns too! See all the safety precautions you should be mindful of when using a bench grinder like this. Those high speeds travel fast, be protected! 

In addition, you will find yourself LED lights that are built-in over each wheel of the bench grinder for illumination and ease of accuracy. It helps to be more effective with these lights! And of course, there are transparent eye shields too, this allows you to see what you’re doing but in a safe manner. Overall, this is a great grinder across general use in any grinding job needed. 

What We Liked

  • 3450 RPM
  • Adjustable tool rests for accuracy
  • Features 2 wheels one for coarse grinding and one for medium grinding
  • Top-quality material for healthy drinks

What We Didn't Like

  • Does not include high grit attachment

Closing Thoughts on Bench Grinders 

In order to work with an industrial-grade machine, you need to ensure the workplace is adequately illuminated. Some models of bench grinders feature an inbuilt light so that you can achieve accurate results. If you are working with tools that are used for woodworking or woodturning, the finish needs to sharp and accurate. In tasks such as these, you are likely to need additional installations such as an angle guide, jig etc. Some models include these additional accessories with the unit, but most don’t.

Regardless of the level of experience and expertise, you must always exercise caution. Avoid wearing loose clothing, as there is a possibility that it might get caught in the machine/tools while grinding. Avoid wearing any kind of jewelry on your hands (finger rings or bracelets) as your hands are likely to get exposure to heat. Wear industrial gloves made of latex or rubber as they not only keep your hands safe from injuries and burns but also provide a good grip on the tools. Grinding causes intense friction, which generates sparks. You might want to keep in mind to look for models that have adjustable eye shields. In case the model meets other criteria and does not have eye shields, you may want to consider investing in welding safety goggles or a transparent flip helmet to protect your eyes when using bench grinders.

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