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KMG has a new grinder!

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by NickBoyle, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    Interesting, but I can't think of a reason to buy this over a TW-90.

    I would never buy anything else from Beaumont, but that's just me.
     
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  2. Drew Riley

    Drew Riley

    Oct 17, 2007
    I think he was saying that the no response to emails was raising some flags.
     
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  3. Dragons Breath Knives

    Dragons Breath Knives

    753
    Aug 24, 2014
    I have a KMG and Northridge, I certainly hope the new KMG is better, (straighter) than the older ones. I also have not had the best customer service from them either.. I DO wish them well though.⚔️⚔️⚔️⚔️
     
  4. JGarrison Knives

    JGarrison Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 28, 2005
    If you already had a kmg and had all their tooling I would consider buying just the chassis.
    I emailed them today and they got back to me just a couple hours later. They said they had no plans to sell just the chassis. I find this disappointing.
     
  5. LARRYZ10

    LARRYZ10 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 6, 2010
    Some people would not buy the W90 because it uses 1 1/4 inch tool arms instead of the 1 1/2 tool arms that just about every other grinder uses. I have 14 tool bars with wheels and attachments so I would not be a customer. I do have a Travis Wuertz surface grinder attachment and it is great. Larry
     
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  6. JGarrison Knives

    JGarrison Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 28, 2005
    Received a second email from them saying they were going to offer just the chassis eventually.
     
  7. erik markman

    erik markman KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 13, 2007
    You must be special if you get 2 emails from them.
     
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  8. ChristoDart

    ChristoDart

    609
    Jun 29, 2011
    I haven't read a whole lot of positive things about the KMG but I did call Beaumont last Thursday with a question. The phone was answered promptly and my questioned answered. I put an order in for their disc sander work rest Saturday and received it today. My experience was very good.
     
  9. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    maybe they have been reading the forum and straightened things out :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Alex Dron

    Alex Dron

    312
    Feb 24, 2007
    Did you get the package yet? I'm very interested to get any feedback on this beast, and you are probably the customer #1 so far. Almost pulled the trigger before I found this post.
     
  11. Barnett_K

    Barnett_K

    4
    Sep 27, 2015
    I haven't gotten it yet, but it should be here Monday. I don't think I'm the first but certainly early. Ill post when I have it set up.
     
  12. TDPurcell

    TDPurcell KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    52
    Aug 8, 2011
    I just purchased a KMG horizontal grinder this week and started taking it out of its crate and setting it up Friday night. Sent an email to their customer service Friday night at 10 pm with a question/issue, and I received a response at 7 am Saturday morning. I find this experience to be in the category of incredible customer service.
     
  13. TDPurcell

    TDPurcell KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    52
    Aug 8, 2011
    I should add that the machine works great with no issues. I’m very pleased with the purchase.
     
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  14. P.Brewster

    P.Brewster

    Jul 25, 2007
    What other grinders have you used as a basis for comparison?
     
  15. TDPurcell

    TDPurcell KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    52
    Aug 8, 2011
    If you are talking verticals grinders, I’ve used a Bader B-III for 7 years. My reference above was to KMG dedicated horizontal grinder. This is the only one I have used, and I’m not aware of many dedicated horizontal grinders on the market regardless. There is talk in this thread that KMG is producing inferior grinders, and I can attest that the their horizontal grinder is a quality piece of equipment.
     
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  16. Aren’t TW-90s nearly $1000 more? Travis is a great guy and his machine is top notch. I even own one of his surface grinder attachments for my KMG. But his stuff is pricey and just out of range for a lot of people.

    As far as Beaumont is concerned, they have always been decent to me. The one time I had a problem, Rob offered to fix it for me no charge. I ended up doing it myself though(replace bearings in idle wheel). Don’t get me wrong, there are multiple things about the KMG griner design that I would change. Direct drive being one. Warped C- plate that holds the platen.
     
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018
  17. What other strictly horizontal grinders are there out there? IIRC there’s only one and that’s the Hardcore....
     
  18. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
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  19. Natlek

    Natlek

    Jun 9, 2015
    What are waste of space is this grinder .........I will not accept it for free !
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    Drive wheel barely touch belt , small wheel have limited use because of angle on belt . Only flat plate look good ! Do you guys realize that you don t have to use 2 x 72 belt for horizontal grinder ?????

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  20. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    " Do you guys realize that you don t have to use 2 x 72 belt for horizontal grinder ?????"

    You are right, nor do they have to build a vertical grinder in 2x72.

    It only makes sense to be able to use the same belts on your vertical and horizontal grinders
     

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