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!
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.
Worked great out of the box - had minor assembly to do. I think the 'slideable' rests are designed poorly, or I would have given it 5 Stars - the slides are completely 'out' (towards you) and barely clear the grinding wheel or brush...understood that there needs to be a 'minimal gap' (1/8" according to OSHA) but it does not allow for a larger gap IF someone needed to do that - you would need to remove one of the adjustment screws of the slide-mount to do that...perhaps they did that on purpose but I think it could be better. The machine is balanced and does not overly vibrate at any speed. Great tool!
the 8" grinder has many bells and whistles even a groove slot for sharpening drill bits. The best thing though is when its on, there is no vibration and it makes very little noise. Catch it on sale.
this thing works great!! every time I need it, flip the switch and your on your way
Bought grinder to upgrade my old unit - vibrated badly! Replaced wire wheel with Dewalt (DW4906) from **** - problem solved. Very nice machine (now).
The motor is powerful enough to take on the toughest jobs. The wire brush gives versatility to the projects at home.
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.