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A dull blade can make a great tool — like a planer, or a cutter for use with a wood lathe — almost completely useless.   You could always pay to have it sharpened, but you’re a DIYer, right?  A grinding wheel like this one from Sherwood can turn the dull and useless to the keen edged practical tool it once was in a matter of minutes — in the right hands.

Grinders like the YF-6 are purpose-built to sharpen blades.  It has a 1/2 HP motor driving a 6” horizontally mounted dry aluminum oxide wheel, which has been geared to run slowly to ensure that the blade edge is not overheated or burnt.  The blade mounts in the clamping unit above and to the side of the wheel at an adjustable angle that allows for optimum honing and a uniform edge.  The clamp assembly can also be removed to allow for smaller or handled blades access to the wheel.

Street Pricing starts at around $300.  Think of it as an investment in renewing your DIY credentials.

YF-6 Surface Grinders [Timbecon]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

 

2 Responses to Finds: YF-6 Surface Grinders

  1. Pete Hartman says:

    If you have a flat blade (like a chisel or a plane) there are much safer, easier ways to get an excellent quality edge. With an appropriate jig, they can probably be adapted for curved blades as well, as long as the bevel is on the outside of the curve.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_sharp for a good summary and links to the details.

    A grinder is just a fast way to end up with a metal nub 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    where did you get the YF-6 surface grinder?/

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