I spent over an hour cleaning rust off tools after setting the bench grinder up. The variable speed feature is cool and the weight of the unit makes it wery solid even before I mounted it to the bench top. The grinding wheels and brushes are very easy to change out and the flexible lamp is very helpful. I would strongly recommend the Bench Grinder.
No power. Takes 15 secs to get up to speed. Either out of balance or shaft not completely straight, so it wobbled/viabrated pretty bad once it got up to speed. Set it up, started it, saw that it was not up to my equipment standards and should not be up to the craftsmen brand standards and immediately returned it. I am concerned about craftmen putting their name on this. I am huge fan and hope this is not a sign of things to come.
Variable speed is great. Low speed is not real low but a good bit below full speed. Construction looks real good.
This grinder is awesome, although it took a little bit of time to set up since I am a grinder newbie. The variable speed is a great feature that allows my wife to sharpen her woodworking tools at a lower speed and then I use the higher speed for quick stock removal of badly nicked axe heads or grinding fabrication metal. The included steel brush wheel also has allowed me to clean up several rusty wrenches, while the attached light allows me to better see my work now that I am a bit older and can't see things as well in dim light. Finally, it even came with a special too rest/jig for sharpening my drill bits.
Easy to assemble. Works great. Like the variable speed component and relatively quiet machine.
in a "moment of stupidity", i gave my son the craftsman v spd grinder that i had cherished for many years,assuming i'm up in age n kickin' back a bit..wrong!! i purchased a new unit within 2 months n i'm back at refurbishing anything i get my hands on..definately a "must have" in any shoppe
Purchased this last year 2016 on sale and it does and excellent job and runs very smooth. Love that it has variable speed control.
I like the adjustable speed and the rest to sharpen drill bits is handy.
It's not as powerful as my Baldor, but it's a fraction of the price. Still a good grinder for the home shop.
I received as a Christmas gift from my wife. I put together and and have spent a lot of time working with the new machine. I must say I enjoy it very much! It works perfectly as I knew it would as all my Craftsman tools do. This was an excellent purchase. I will enjoy for many years to come.