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Old 08-18-2017, 11:27 AM
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Question KMG Grinder Advice Please

I am finally about to purchase my first 2X72. I've been making knives by draw-filing with bastard mill files for long enough. I'd like to stay under $2K for this purchase and definitely want a KMG.
So many options and not sure as to which package I should get. I'm a hobby maker, not professional. I can only run 110V. I am thinking that 3 speed 1.5 hp and 8" contact wheel are sufficient? Is there an advantage to the 10" wheel?
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Sorry, I should have searched the archives 'before' I posted this. All signs point to 8" as being the most logical contact wheel to start with. I may purchase a 10" later if I feel the need.
I just ordered the 3-Speed KMG-8 with platen attachment (1.5hp 110V) and Switch Kit. Total was under $1.8K so I am still under budget! Looking forward to learning and progressing with this tool.


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I use an 8" contact wheel for fast Stock removal when hollow grinding and then move to the 10" when I'm close enough. Congratulations on your new purchase ! It should serve you very well.


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I use a KMG with a 3 hp to do my rough out grinding. It is set up with the 3 step pulley which delivers a great range of speeds for knife work. I have my old Bader so I leave it set at a lower speed for finishing. If I had to choose between the two the Bader would have to go. About 40 years ago Buster Warinski told me to mount my grinder on a pad of rubber to help take out the vibrations and harmonics. I still do this. If you can score a rubber pad from some old belting or horse trailer bed liner you might give it a try. I hope you let us know how this new grinder works out. I wish you well, LP
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Hi Larry, thank you for that advice and I will do that. I have not had time to assemble nor try the grinder yet due to a heavy volume of work with my business and mining at this time. I just ordered an assortment of belts from Tru-Grit so I'll be ready to give it a twirl once winter sets in up here... that's when my biz slows and I have time for knifemaking. I will update!


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I have finally found time to set it up. I must say, it is extremely well constructed and the few welds are of high quality. I had purchased their wiring and switch kit and it wasn't too difficult to install. I have not bolted the base plate to the bench but will if I feel it's necessary. I will likely purchase a small wheel attachment for it next.

KMG 1 by GhostCreekMine, on Flickr

KMG 2 by GhostCreekMine, on Flickr

Larry, I followed your advice and installed a dampening pad under the base. This is 3/8" Firestone rooftop-walkway mat made from fiber-reinforced EPDM rubber. I used to work on skyscrapers and this was something I had leftover for years and knew I'd find a use for it some day.
Firestone Matting by GhostCreekMine, on Flickr


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