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 Post subject: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:19 am 

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I have put off the purchase of a quality grinder for many years just using a cheap 1x30 for heavy grinding tasks. So a few days ago I decided enough was enough and ordered the Kalamazoo 1x42 grinder with some quality belts. The grinder arrived yesterday but I had to wait for the belts until today. I tested it out on a few blades and was very impressed but the platen was all wrong and would never work for sharpening or grinding. So, I grabbed a marked and the Sawzall to make some modifications :mrgreen: After some cutting, grinding and sanding the platen is now proper width and works well.

I purchased this grinder because I wanted a better way to machine sharpen and have the ability to refinish and regrind blades. I have performed regrinds and different types of hand finishes in the past but it was difficult to create the finish I sometimes wanted, now that won't be a problem.



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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:19 am 

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Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Is that a paper wheel I see? Live and learn I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:47 am 

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stevenkelby wrote:Is that a paper wheel I see? Live and learn I guess.


And you have a lot to learn.


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:00 pm 

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Action pics please


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:17 pm 
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Location: Derby City, Kentucky
Someday. :geek:



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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:13 am 

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Here is a large Swamp Rat I did little clean up on. Edge is getting hand sharpened.

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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:57 am 
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Location: NE
Lookin good


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 5:14 pm 

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atang wrote:Lookin good


Thanks!

Got my Scotch brite wheel in yesterday, works wonders for bolsters and deburring edges before polishing. I will be replacing the paper wheel with a surgi sharp wheel next and my power sharpening set-up will be completely upgraded. I will probably pick up more Trizact Gator belts too, I really like the way they finish blade flats and they run cool.

Got a block set in that needs some work, good project for the grinder. I'll try and get some photos of that uploaded later.


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:15 pm 

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That's pretty cool Jason, I can't imagine doing some of the repairs I have had to do without my belt sander.


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 Post subject: Re: My New Grinder has arrived!
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:47 pm 

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Lol, I had burgers on the mind when I opened this and expected to see a meat grinder...this is pretty co though. Is it variable speed?


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