Tools for Working Wood
Gramercy Custom Tuned Baldor Bench Grinders
read 1 review
Found in Departments: Baldor
  New
  Sharpening

Quantity in Cart: none
Code: MS-BALD.XX
 Gramercy Custom Tuned 6" High Speed Grinder (3600 rpm) ($480.00) In StockShipping surcharges may apply
 Gramercy Custom Tuned 8" Low Speed Grinder (1800 rpm) ($899.95) Temporarily Sold OutShipping surcharges may apply
 Gramercy Custom Tuned Turner's 8" Low Speed Grinder (1800 rpm) ($899.95) In StockShipping surcharges may apply
Quantity:
  • Main
  • Included Upgrades
  • Which Grinder?

I consider a good grinder to be one of the most important tools in the shop. In 2008 I was asked to write an article about hollow grinding for Fine Woodworking and so I took the plunge, and treated myself to the best grinder I knew: A Baldor, and man-o-man, what a difference!

Straight out of the factory in Clarksville, Arkansas Baldor grinders are top of the line. The motor runs nearly dead silent, and the models we carry come standard with rigid, heavy, cast iron tool rests, wheel guards and exhaust ports.

Stock Baldor grinders are designed for use in a machine shop. Over the years the Gramercy Shop has developed a few tricks to bring the Baldor grinders we sell that much closer to perfection for use in a wood-shop environment. We checked with Baldor to make sure that our "Gramercy Custom Tuned" Grinders still carry the standard warranties, and that our modifications met safety regulation. Baldor said YES THEY DO! so we immediately got to work putting together THE package of tune-ups to make our grinders the best Baldor Grinder money can buy. We even throw in a printed copy of "How to Grind" from the June 2008 issue of Fine Woodworking.
Every Gramercy Tuned Baldor Grinder ships with the following exclusive upgrades:

Lever Knobs:
The stock grinder uses regular bolts to fasten the rests to the grinder body. Rather than have anyone hunt around for a wrench in a wood shop we have switched the bolts to metal handles so that you can adjust the cast iron work rests without tools. The 6" models adjust entirely without a wrenches. On the larger 8" grinder we also include a wrench for adjusting the rest-arm bolts where there isn't enough clearance for a turn a lever knob.

Cooler Norton 3x Wheels:
We replace the stock grinding wheels with Blue Norton 3x wheels, because they run cooler, so you can grind without burning. Barry Iles, of Ashley Iles Edge Tools Ltd. puts it simply "The coolest running grinding wheels I have ever used."

Diamond Dresser:
We've always felt that a multi-point diamond dresser is critical for properly setting up your grinder. We include our popular, no frills, import dresser with every grinder.

Machined Arbor Flanges:
Extra precision makes for precise grinding, even with narrow wheels. To achieve this we machine both working surfaces of all four die-cast arbor flanges. We clean up the outer edge of the flanges, and properly chamfer the arbor hole.

Better Packaging:
We've upped our packaging game to include expanding foam inserts around the ends of the grinder. The foam expands inside to box to create a custom fit cradle around the casting, preventing movement that can lead to damage and disappointment.

The Baldor grinders are tools that you will want to purchase only once per lifetime. The Gramercy Tuning process takes the world's best industrial bench grinders, and makes them in the world's best bench grinder for Woodworkers.

The Gramercy Tuning process is only available from Tools for Working Wood. We perform the lathe and mill work on the flanges in the Gramercy Tools workshop in Brooklyn, NY. Baldor Grinders are made in Clarksville, Arkansas USA.
We sell three models of Baldor grinders with different choices in grinding wheels. I'm a big fan of the 6-inch 3600 rpm grinder. It's what I have. With a dressed 3X wheel, a light touch and a tool dunked in water, you can easily grind to a burr without burning the tool. If you want an even more foolproof grinder, get the 1800 rpm version. With care, you'll be able to grind to a burr without burning or even dunking the tool in water. Both of these grinders grind oodles faster than a Tormek or any wet grinder.

Turners, on the other hand, usually prefer less of a hollow grind, so the 8-inch grinder is a more popular choice. We have two versions of the 8-inch grinder, one with softer, cooler running "I" grade wheels, and a turner's version with harder "K" grade wheels. "K" grade wheel run slightly hotter than "I" grade wheels but are also less prone to eroding when sharpening turning gouges.

 Model Comparison Chart
  6" Low Speed Grinder 6" High Speed Grinder 8" Low Speed Grinder Turner's 8" Low Speed Grinder
Base Baldor Model Number 632E 623E 8100W
RPM (No Load) 1800 3600 1800
SFM (No Load) 2827 5655 3766
Arbor diameter 1/2" 3/4"
Horse Power 1/4 HP 1/3 HP 3/4 HP
Power requirements 115v 60 Hertz 3.1 Amps 115/230v 60 Hertz 4.6/2.3Amps
Application: Shaping, Hollow Grinding, Cooler grinding, Great for chisels, plane irons, and carving tools Shaping, Hollow Grinding, Faster Material Removal, Grinds Hotter, Great for chisels, plane irons, and carving tools Shaping, Shallow Hollow Grinding, Faster Material Removal, Perfect for Chisels, Large Irons, froes, and turning tools. Shaping, Shallow Hollow Grinding, Wheel choice favors HSS, and sharpening turning tools.
Wheel Type Norton 3X cool wheels
Grinding Wheel 1 46 grit, I grade 46 grit, I grade 46 grit K grade
Grinding Wheel 2 80 grit I grade 60 grit I grade 80 grit I grade 80 grit K grade
Import Diamond Dresser INCLUDED
Flanges Precision Machined Aluminum
Die Cast Lever Knobs YES On the iron rest only. Wrench included for rear support bolts
OSHA and Safety Info. Furnished with GA10 eyeshields Designed to comply with OSHA standards under normal conditions
Weight 48 lbs. 103 lbs.


note: Grinders are shipped with rests, spark arrestors, and shields packed separately in the same box.
  
Customer Reviews:

World's best 6" grinder.

By: Karl Fife (Jun, 2014)

I bought the 3600 RPM, 6" grinder. It is essentially a Baldor 632e, but buying it at TFWW, ends up being cheaper and better. Baldor makes a dizzying array of variations on these grinders. There are variations in guard material, guard type (exhaust vs. non-exhaust), exhaust port positioning (center vs. bottom), abrasive stone & wire-brush variations, eye guard type (lit vs. not lit), and tool-rest style (cast vs. stamped). In my opinion the grinders you see here have the preferred option in ALL categories, the most important being the cast-iron, exhaust-type guards and the cast-iron tool rests (instead of the cheesy stamped ones). The reason to buy the grinder here, rather than buy from Betty Mills or elsewhere (and do the upgrades yourself), is that if you buy it here, you don't end up buying and paying for the factory-installed Baldor stones that you don't want. Buying it here you get the Norton 3x stones to begin with, effectively saving money. Plus, it's a lot more convenient than chasing down the other upgrades. Other thoughts: Lever Knobs: Essential. Allow you to totally reposition the tool rests without reaching for tools. They're worth seeking out if you don't have them. I keep my shop-made angle setting guides (90, 25 deg etc.) right by the grinder. I can move the tool rest, and move it back to 25, hitting the previous grind angle dead-nuts with no other tools. Machined Flanges: Non-essential. I observed that there is a great deal of inherent variability in the positioning the stones in terms of being centered (round) and true (no run-out). You can adjust the position of the stone by gently tapping it as you barely begin to snug the arbor flanges. This is a FAR greater determinant of proper stone positioning than any small imperfections that may be present in "stock" un-machined arbor flanges. That's why I consider them non-essential. Vibration: The only way to make a grinder run without vibration, is to balance your stones. Period. Even perfectly balanced grinders with high-end Norton 3x friable stones do not run perfectly balanced because even fancy stones are not balanced. There are grinder (stone) balancing patents that date back to the 1800s and early 1900s, suggesting it's an old problem. Out of the box, this grinder is balanced better than anything else off-the-shelf, and it's certainly good enough, but absolute perfection requires a wheel-balancer that you make yourself or purchase. Here's a video of my grinder running perfectly smoothly after installing a modified wolverine wheel balancer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0_LaI3QQeA
I own this product.

Please contribute your own review:

 
Anonymous reviews will not be published
To calculate shipping charges or edit the items in your shopping
cart click on Cart (above) or click here
To finish the ordering process click Checkout (above right) or click here.
To contact customer service click Customer Service (above) or click here.