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George Marsh

12-03-2012 08:49:09

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This may sound crazy, but it works. I have an old craftsman radial arm saw. NEVER buy a radial arm again. I went to the lawn mower parts store and saw a 3/4 hp 8 inch professional grinder for mower blades, around $400. Thought I could make one. Looked at my radial arm saw and said to myself, I already have one.

Went to HF and bought a 5/8 inch arbor, 3/4 wide, and 8 inch wheel. I screwed a 2x6 to saw table, angled it and I use it to sharpen my 2 ft mower blades off woods mower.

Looking for another 5/8 inch wheel, 3/4 inch wide and 8 inch 36 grit. The wheel from HF is a 60 grit. The arbor on saw isn't long enought for a 1 inch wide wheel.

Put metal on wood table of radial arm so sparks won't start a fire. Best, cheapest, and most powerful grinder you can ask for especially if you have a radial arm saw that you can't even give away.

Please don't tell me this won't work unless you have tried it. Been using mine for years to sharpen mower blades.

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12-04-2012 08:19:17

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 Re: dayton grinder or hf.... in reply to George Marsh, 12-03-2012 08:49:09  
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I just clamp the blade in my bench vise and take the angle grinder to it.

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Brian G. NY

12-04-2012 08:08:39

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 Re: dayton grinder or hf.... in reply to George Marsh, 12-03-2012 08:49:09  
I had the same idea......I won't convert my 12" Radial saw (altho it is way outdated) because I do still use it now and again.
I picked up a smaller radial arm saw at a garage sale for 15 bucks but the LH thread nut is missing. The Darned nut will cost me more than the saw did! LOL
Anyway, the wood table is totally missing so I intend to build a steel frame to hold the blades.
I am glad to hear it works might just motivate me toward finishing this project; one of many!

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Brad Buchanan

12-03-2012 18:36:23

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 Re: dayton grinder or hf.... in reply to George Marsh, 12-03-2012 08:49:09  

OK George, now you have insulted my '70's era Craftsman Saw! Mower blades indeed!

Actually I almost let this saw go for $200.00. I was going to replace it and to get one with the cast iron parts was going to top $1,000.

I devoted a few evenings to the project. Parts are still available (for the most part) and when I was done I built a little infeed table.

Very accurate to do many different cuts and way handier than those aluminum lawn chairs with a circular saw taped on!

Actually, that sounds like a pretty good idea. I usually just stick the blades in the vice and go at them with a 4 1/2" grinder.

Your way sounds much more accurate.


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George Marsh

12-04-2012 10:22:22

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 Re: dayton grinder or hf.... in reply to Brad Buchanan, 12-03-2012 18:36:23  
Brad, sorry for insulting your craftsman radial arm. I bought one in the 70's and a friend gave me a second one. The only thing I use them for, besides a grinder, is cross cutting aluminum soffets. If I want to get a clean precise cross cut, up to 6 inches, I'll use a compound miter. I have 2 of them on a compound miter table with extensions and wheels. I've never been able to put any wood working tool in a stationary place like you.

All my wood working tools are on wheels, bandsaw, 13 inch wood planner, jointer, table saw, and yes even my radial arm. I love my radial arm so much, about 20 years ago, I purchased a diamond blade to cut brick. Sprayed water on the blade to keep the dust down. I put 20,000 brick on my house. Only needed to cut a few around windows and air vents.

I'll never buy another radial arm saw again. Go to sears and where I live, you would have to special order one, if you can still get one.

Please enjoy yours, sorry for the insult.

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