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Thinking of adding a second grinder....

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by tomh, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. tomh


    Oct 3, 2005
    Thinking of adding another grinder to the shop, and I see there are MANY more choices out there than when I started 10-12 years ago.

    I have a KMG converted to direct drive as well as a KMG horizontal grinder and a Trugrit disc grinder set up.

    I am mainly thinking of getting another machine so I can dedicate the KMG to hollow grinding to avoid switching tooling so much, and get a new machine that has the second tool arm/work rest capability.

    I have put out a lot of work with my current shop set up, but I am getting older and lazy(er), and getting closer to retirement from my day job. I have been in my current shop for about 8 years, and am finally getting my idea of work flow and streamlining it down to where it needs to be.
    Thanks for any insight!
  2. Bill DeShivs

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

    Jun 6, 2000
    I have 3 2 X 72s- and I don't make a lot of knives.
    Look at Pheer grinders.
  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Take a look at the Reader grinder and its accessories.
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  4. Storm W

    Storm W

    Feb 19, 2019
    I have a esteem and and like it. It would make a great second grinder. For a primary grinder it's hard to beat a TW90. At some point I will get one. The other option if you have room is to get 2 of a cheaper grinder like a Reader the one that Stacy mentioned. Some of those are cheap enough that you could get 2 or 3 for the price of a high end grinder like a TW90. I don't have that much room. For me the ability to easily go horizontal and the second tool rest slot would be super useful.
  5. Kali4nia


    Aug 12, 2015
    I like my Northridge tool grinder very much
  6. dirtyphil

    dirtyphil Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    2nd the Esteem...mines great!
  7. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
    If you don't have a surface grinder in the shop - you might wish to look at a SG attachment for a 2X72. Those things are really nice. I didn't realize how useful the SGA would be until I used one for a while.
  8. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
    Tom, I just noticed the link to your website - it didn't work for me. I had to use https://halloranknives.com/ (note without the "tom" at start). Is my browser messing up?
  9. razor-edge-knives

    razor-edge-knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2011
    Personally I would either get a Northridge tool, tw90, or wait until Chris Williams comes out with his gen 2 TAG grinder :D
  10. Fred.Rowe

    Fred.Rowe Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    May 2, 2004
    Do you have a wet grind set up. I converted one of my grinders a couple years back and it's changed how and when I heat treat and at what thickness do I stop grinding the bevels.

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  11. bjansen


    Feb 4, 2013
    Make one! If you can make a nice knife you can make a great grinder fairly economically - otherwise I vote for the reeder.
    Ken H> likes this.

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