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    Belt Grinder - wanted

    Hi there - keen to buy a belt grinder suitable for knife making
    If anyone has one you want to part with let me know
    Cheers Footey

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    How much are you wanting to invest?
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    I’m prepared to buy new if nothing suitable second hand. Would pay up to $1000 for the right unit second hand
    But Keen to see what people have

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    First up, I'm not selling one. I ask the question because most people don't realise how expensive they are to buy.
    I have two. One is from artisan supplies in Aust, who have an outlet here in NZ called Gameco, and the other is a Radius Master RM-48.

    https://www.artisansupplies.com.au/p...c=dab83b10fbbe
    https://www.machineryhouse.co.nz/L096

    As you will see, they are not cheap at $2800 to $3220.

    I bought the Radius Master first. We bought one for work and I was so impressed I bought one my self. It is extremely versatile due to the whole head being able to rotate about the motor axis, the three different size rollers in the top corner which can be selected in an instant, and, with the shorter 48" belts, even the flexible backed higher grit belts stay flat for slack belt grinding. Only negative for this units is that the motor is not variable speed.

    I then found the 84 Engineering 72" model from Artisan and decided to splash out on that due to the variable speed drive, and the fact that I really needed a second grinder as I have teenagers coming over once a week to make 'stuff' and the grinder was always the bottleneck. I thought that the 72" would become my go-to grinder, but that hasn't been the case. The 72" is a great grinder, but there are things that the 48" grinder can do better. Where the 72" does come into its own is when grinding wood handles. Being able to slow down the belt eliminates burning, and the tendency of the J-type flexible belts to crown up on the bigger grinder can be helpful when doing curves in handles. With the 72" budget for ultimately buying additional accessories. I would dearly love a rotary platen to overcome the belt flatness issue https://claryxmetalworks.com/product...en-attachment/

    All of that said, I have made a total of 6 knives, so I'm no expert.

    If you want to have a look and a play, happy to offer the opportunity to have a look at the two I have. I am in south Auckland and only 3min off the motorway.
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    I bought a bench grinder with linisher when I decided to give knife making a go, and modified it by making the linisher vertical and taking the guard off. It’ll never do what hotbarrels grinders do, but it’s good enough to make a few double-bevel knives on to see if it is actually something you can do and enjoy. This is the first knife I made on it:

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    More meplat, more better.

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    If you want a decent unit you need to save and spend the money, it’s a universal law, you get what your pay for, 48 or 72 inch between 2800- 8k depending. Or try building one from parts.
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    Thanks for the feedback and comments guys - plus the offer of viewing hotbarrels. Always good to hear from those who are doing it. I’m going to have a look at machinery house next week.

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    https://www.artisansupplies.com.au/p...c=dab83b10fbbe

    These are really good buying, punch above there weight I reckon. We just added a 3hp fixed speed from trade me which does the job. Not too expensive to get you started.

    I would recommend trying to get a variable speed if you can, get a VFD off aliexpress and a 3 phase motor which will set you back $400-$500. Certainly helps being able to slow things down when you are starting out.

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    You may have to search marketplace for tool line linisher

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    Couldn’t find that one on facebook - but thanks

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    Toolline MS 75 Linisher in Hastings

    https://scontent-syd2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...8c&oe=5D7D53D3

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    I can get the guys number if you are interested

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    Thanks appreciate your help but would prefer one that has belt travelling vertically

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    you could just bolt it onto the wall ;-)
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