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!
Sears has bought this Bench Grinder from the cheapest provider. The Grinder is out of balance. Sears parts doesn't have any wire wheels in stock to replace the defective ones. The grinder vibrates so much that you have to turn it off. I tried rotating both wheels as well as the arbors with no luck. You can buy Porter Cable's same version of this at ****** for $120.
Receiver they item today and was excited to get it set up. Opened the box and started putting it together and it was missing the quench tray, wrench, and wheel dresser. While none of these are important to the actual operation of the grinder, I still paid for something that is missing. Call Sears and told main option would be to return to local store (not a option because mine is closing in one week) or disassemble the item, repackage everything and trek down to the UPS store and send back to them. Asked if the could just send the three parts for Parts Direct, but told they would have to charge me for them.....I already paid for them. Never had a problem like this dealing face to face with the guys in the local Sears Tool Dept. They knew their stuff and would make it right