Recommendation? Coote belt grinders?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by BillJ3x, Jan 31, 2019.

  1. BillJ3x


    Jan 31, 2019
    Hi all, looking for some opinions or advice on a belt grinder. I currently have one of the dinky little 1x30 Harbor Freight belt grinders that I've been messing around on and made a couple of bad (not necessarily the grinders fault....) unfinished knives on. I was thinking of buying plans to build my own belt sander from usaknifemaker and building my own but I came across a Coote 2x72 belt sander being sold with a motor for $350. Being a newbie to knife making but never hearing of a Coote sander before it seems like an amazing deal as they go for 450 without a motor brand new. Can anyone tell me if this is as good of a deal as it seems? I had figured it would cost me around 350 to build my own so to buy one premade for 350 with a motor seems great, I just don't know much about anything lol. Thanks!
  2. John L

    John L

    Oct 28, 2004
    I have used a Coote for 10 years but on the flat platten only. Have never tried to grind on the wheel. It is a problem free grinder.
  3. BillJ3x


    Jan 31, 2019
    So definitely worth it regardless of what type of motor's on it? Anything I should look out for or worry about buying a used one?
  4. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Buy it.
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  5. Kentucky

    Kentucky KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 13, 2008
    We’ve had one for almost 10 years. Added the small wheel attachment and disc. About two years ago we bought a esteem with 2hp variable speed.
    Still kept the coote. Too good of a grinder to let go. Just a solid work horse

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