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Craftsman Professional Variable Speed 8" Bench Grinder (21162)

Item# 00921162000P | Model# 21162 | Added on July 26, 2010 | Seller: Sears.com
Craftsman Professional Variable Speed 8" Bench Grinder (21162)
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Get a Well-Equipped Workshop or Garage with the Variable Speed 8'' Bench Grinder from Craftsman With a variable speed of 2000 to 3450 RPM, the Craftsman Professional Bench Grinder can take on a wide range of grinding, sharpening and buffing tasks. The grinder comes with a flexible work light that has its own on/off switch for illuminating your work area. Convenient features such as quick-change wheel guards and thin-line motor housing, makes this a must-have tool for your workshop or garage.
The Variable Speed 8'' Bench Grinder from Craftsman also offers accurate bit sharpening with its adjustable tool rests that have patented attachments. The water cooling tray and handheld wheel dresser boost the versatility of this tool. The grinder also has user-friendly features such as a cast iron base to reduce vibration when in use and the clear eye shields and spark guards help you stay safe while working. Get the best for your workshop or garage with this bench grinder from Craftsman.

  • Craftsman Professional Bench Grinder is useful for a wide variety of grinding applications
  • Separate grinding and wire wheels for maximum versatility
  • Incandescent work light with an independent on/off switch
  • Includes clear eye shield and wheel guard spark arrest for safety while working
  • The grinder has 8 in. diameter wheels
  • Toolless removal of wheel covers for quick easy changes.
  • Includes wheel dresser to clean and true abrasive wheels.  stored on the tool.
  • One year
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By Dallas7788
February 24th, 2015
Beats the Competition!

I was originally looking at a grinder at ***** for a few dollars less. What turned me on about this grinder was the tool rests. The Overall machine is over 2 inches wider, giving you more room to work with, and the tool rests are at least twice, if not three times the size and strength! I also like how the craftsman grinder light function can be turned on even with the grinder off. The quench tray is also more than double in size. Finally, What really sold me, was the drill bit groove is a separate plate! Loosen the screw, turn it down 90 degrees and tighten it back up. I couldn't stand being stuck with a permanent 60 degree v-groove. I have only found a couple little things I would change about the unit. The wheel housing/ guard is comparable to other brands, weak in design. The tool rests to bolt to a bracket that bolts to this housing (as all grinders do) but since the material is thinner than I'd desire, it seems to give a little flex to the tool rests. Its not near as bad as other similar priced grinders, but not adequately better either. and I removed the cheap wheel dresser and holder as it got in the way of my light. Yes I did have the vibration issue that everyone seems to have, and yes, the grind wheel was slightly out of round, but that is not what causes the vibration. I removed the wire wheel and ran it with one wheel (even being out of round) and had ZERO vibration just sitting freely on the bench. I bought a very cheap $6.00 8" grind wheel to test my theory and guess what... ZERO vibration (with two out of round wheels). The cheap fine wire bristle wheel that comes with it tends to smack the wires against the housing a little, is out of round, and created a wind turbulence and/or harmonic that creates the vibration. Even a high end stiff wire wheel adds to grinder vibration (just not as bad as this stock one). I wish there 4 mounting holes but there are only two. Bolt the grinder to a heavy pedestal or bench, or don't use (or purchase a better) wire wheel. All in all, this is a great grinder. Im used to using Jet and Dayton grinders at work and this one will run neck and neck with those higher end brands. I couldn't be happier, and never write reviews but just had to on this one. Hope this helps set the record straight for future buyers on the vibration issue. Happy Grinding!

8 found this review helpful
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By Harleybobfb
October 28th, 2014
Grinding wheels wobble and the wheel washers are bent.

The inner diameter of the wheel washers are .022" too large for the shaft size. They are stamped and are the two surfaces are not flat on both washers. This is simply points out a lack of understanding of rotaing equipment, poor design, and less than quality manufacturing standards. If you have one that operates smoothly, I do not recommend you attempt to change grinding wheels. Be happy with what you have. If you must change to wire wheels and/or buffing pads they are far more tolerant of miss-alignments and should offer you less risk for wobble and sever vibrations. I have two older craftsmen grinders that do not demonstrate any of these design and manufacturing flaws. They have offered me years of great service. I wish I could purchase two more grinders of that quailty in the Craftsman brand.

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MikeT-1

8in bench grinder

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this thing works great!! every time I need it, flip the switch and your on your way

September 24th via sears.com
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deputy833

Vibration

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Bought grinder to upgrade my old unit - vibrated badly! Replaced wire wheel with Dewalt (DW4906) from **** - problem solved. Very nice machine (now).

September 2nd via sears.com
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RDJ913

8" Grinder - perfect size for all of your needs at home

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The motor is powerful enough to take on the toughest jobs. The wire brush gives versatility to the projects at home.

May 15th via sears.com
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MacDR

Money Well Spent

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This is pricier than the competing grinders at the big box stores but after comparing them in-store I decided the Craftsman is of a better quality in both build and materials. I'm a woodworker but I didn't buy this to sharpen tools (I have a Worksharp WS-3000). Instead I was going off the advice that a bench grinder is a tool that you got by without until you own one and then you'll never go without it. I found this to be true. I find all kinds of reasons to abuse this machine and use it for solutions I wouldn't have arrived at without owning this tool.

April 28th via sears.com
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kevin29

great grinder

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The grinder is really nice. It's very quiet and smooth running. The drill bit attachment is nice I've saved a few bits using it. I didn't get the wheel dresser tool, water tray, or the tool to take the wheels of but emailed sears about it and I'm still waiting to get the parts. I would definitely recommend this grinder if someone is know is in the market for one just check the box first.

March 24th via mobile
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barditi

Good performance. Failed PCB.

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I must admit that this unit has good power. I purchased it because it had variable speed. Variable speed is controlled by a potentiometer which is a part of the PCB. It failed in 7 months. It only works at high RPM. The unit will be taken for repair under warranty.

March 16th via sears.com
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