Warco 8″ Heavy Duty Bench Grinder

If you have a workshop then there are 2 power tools that will form the basis: a bandsaw and a bench grinder.

Review

This really is a heavy duty solid bench grinder that is more than capable of anything a model engineer can throw at it.

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The grinder starts very smoothly and runs at 2950rpm (in the picture you can see that I only have two bolt fixing s in place – I will sort this over the next couple of days, but does prove how confident I’m with the machine).

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The one thing to check for when buying a grinder is that it has solid tool rests, the last thing you need is for these to flex when you are trying to accurately grind the angle on a drill or lathe tool. In this area the Warco bench grinder excels itself as these are cast tool rests that are fixed with a large bolt.

This is a 950W motor with direct drive to the wheels making it reasonably quiet in operation and importantly very powerful. This grinder takes a lot to make it slow down when in use.

I have used the grinder for years and on everything from 12mm square HSS lathe tools where it is quite capable of removing large amounts of material quite rapidly. I also use this to put an edge on gardening tools when required.

The casings around the wheels are pressed steel with dust extraction at the rear.

Price: approx £130 in 2009, £160 in 2016

Conclusion

Overall a solid and powerful bench grinder. You will buy this tool and it will last you a lifetime. Visit warco.co.uk for more information.

Still using this grinder 7 years later and working superbly, fairly light hobby use and still has original wheels fitted.

About Nigel 117 Articles
Have been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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