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#1 freedhardwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2013 - 09:27 AM

This is one of those "right time at the right place" stories with a little "they don't make 'em like they used to" throwed in.

 

25 or 30 years ago a decades old repair shop went out of business and had an auction. When they got to this grinder, the auctioneer started at $200, worked his way down to $25, and still nobody bid on it. I said $5 and got it.

 

It weighs almost 300 lbs and came with 2 extra wheels. Replacement wheels cost over $100 now. It is flat belt driven with a 1 1/2" shaft.

 

Most bench grinders can be completely stopped with just moderate pressure on the wheel. I have really put my weight into this one and it doesn't even phase it.

 

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Posted September 26, 2013 - 09:47 AM

Man, that looks like a great old piece. Bet you wouldn't get it for $5 now a days with the price of scrap being what it is.
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Posted September 26, 2013 - 09:55 AM

You got yourself a piece of history there, how in the world did you mange to handle that thing, looks like it would make a good boat anchor.

 

 

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Posted September 26, 2013 - 10:56 AM

That was built to last. It must have been an expensive item when new.


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 11:12 AM

You will never replace it if something happens to it. That's a nice grinder  :thumbs:


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 02:49 PM

Very nice! Have you looked for a brand name? I would restore this & put it to good use. Here is a link I have used in the past....very helpful.

http://vintagemachinery.org/home.aspx


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 02:52 PM

Say! That would make a wonderful raffle prize.


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 03:51 PM

You got yourself a piece of history there, how in the world did you mange to handle that thing, looks like it would make a good boat anchor.

 

 

Dick.

They loaded it onto my pickup with a forklift. At home, I slid it down a couple 2x8s to the floor and then slowly walked it into place lifting on one side, then the other.


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Posted September 26, 2013 - 03:55 PM

Very nice! Have you looked for a brand name? I would restore this & put it to good use. Here is a link I have used in the past....very helpful.

http://vintagemachinery.org/home.aspx

I don't remember if there is a name or not. I'll try to look when I get back to the shop.



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Posted September 26, 2013 - 04:19 PM

Very nice grinder.

Be careful....You said that you couldn't stop it with all your weight.

New grinders are made to stop if you get caught in them.



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Posted September 26, 2013 - 06:12 PM

What a deal!  The old stuff was built to last, you will probably leave that to your son or grandson.



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Posted September 26, 2013 - 07:14 PM

Great old piece of equipment there! Take it easy with it,but use it!






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