A bench grinder is one of those tools you don't know you need until you need it. Whether it's grinding down steel stock, removing excess from a mounting bracket, or removing the burs on a freshly cut piece of tubing, a bench grinder can be a weekend warrior's best friend. Eastwood recently launched a full line of bench grinders and we were eager to try one out. We ordered the largest grinder in their arsenal, the 3/4hp 8-inch bench grinder with variable speed control from 2,000-3,450 rpm (PN:13573, $129.99). Complete with two wheels, one 36-grit wheel and one 60-grit wheel, the Eastwood grinder features dual safety guards (one with a magnifying area), tool rests, and a flexible work light (40W bulb sold separately). To complement the bench grinder, we stepped up and ordered the Economy Stand that is designed for most grinder and buffer applications. With a cast-iron base and platform, the stand is strong and heavy-duty, but is designed to bolt to the floor.
When using the Eastwood grinder, we appreciated the variable speed, as you can easily dial in the specific force needed to grind whatever you may have. Vibration levels were acceptable for a grinder in this price range and the tool rests, once adjusted properly, worked effectively. The 3/4hp motor was powerful enough to grind through thick steel, but for safety, we do recommend using Grade 8 hardware to secure the grinder to the economy stand. As this price point, you'll be hard-pressed to find an 8-inch grinder with similar features. For the DIYer or the professional shop owner, the Eastwood bench grinder is definitely worth a second look.