Draper 29620 150 mm 230-Volt 370-Watt 3 : A good machine for the money

Draper heavy duty bench grinder for my husband who is a retired precision engineer. The product arrived very promptly,and has been in constant use since. Husband is highly delighted with the. Grinder praise indeed as he is very picky.

Grinder is in place and working well. Good heavy duty look to the machine which adds to its quality, worth the money for the extra power.

This was a replacement for my failed bench grinder and its substandard replacement. Worth the extra to get a good grinder, good grinding wheels of satisfactory dimension and construction, producing acceptable vibration levels.

A good solid powerful machine which fits my requirement in a garage workshop perfectly. Very happy with the item and the delivery service.

  • Impressive quality at the price.
  • For around 50, seems a good deal, but its not!
  • A good machine for the money

Draper 29620 150 mm 230-Volt 370-Watt 3,000 rpm Heavy-Duty Bench Grinder

Lost a star because guards and rests do not match the quality of the machine build.

I purchased this as an all around grinder and for this it is + – adequate. Its quiet, smooth running and well balanced, (this is the only reason for the three stars)the tool rests are ridiculously flimsy and will deflect during use, making the use dangerous on some applications, as does it “grind” to a halt when using it on heavy itemsif you are looking for a tool worthy of the term ” heavy duty ” then this machine is not for you. It is a pity that manufacturers as draper, make good machine and then decide to save some money by putting some pathetic pressed steel tool rests, spoiling the entire thing. For around 50, seems a good deal, but its notquite disapointed.

Very good grinder for the money.

The motor and base are really solid. Gets up to speed quickly absorbing over 1kw at start up. Runs quietly with only minor vibration. Seems to run quite cool, so not wasting too much energy. It takes about 45 minutes to attach the safety shields and the rests for the work pieces. The right hand rest has a groove at 30 degree angle. Useful for sharpening drills. However, the rests are rather flimsy, sheet metal, perhaps 0. 8mm thick, and they attach to the metal covers that are also fairly thin.

I already had a 200w bench grinder which was more than adequate for my needs but i also wanted a bench polisher, mainly for items off my motorbike, but for general items as well. A polisher is just a grinder with the discs removed & pigtail adapters fitted to the shaft. I was originally going to go for the same one as i already had, but after speaking to a few people i was advised to go for the highest power i could & this seemed to be as good as any for the price. It wasn’t going to be for any more than lightly moderate use & this seemed to fit the bill. The poor tool rests weren’t an issue as the rests & wheels would be coming off to make way for the adapters & polishing mops. The clincher was that i knew one of the polishing suppliers could supply adapters which were threaded to screw straight onto the drapers spindles. Good, solid built item which spins up to speed with very little vibration. You can feel the difference between a 200w & a 370w motor, for my grinding use a 200w is fine but for polishing i can really see the advantage of having the more powerful unit. The two wheels which came off will be used on my other grinder. As an added bonus i’d picked up a wire wheel to fit my angle grinder from a well known german grocery chain – the threads matched the draper spindle so i now have a wire wheel on one end & the mop on the other, that arrangement works really well for my needs.

Putting this together was a nightmare as instead of drawings they use photos which are indistinct, in fact useless. Would recommend you seek another brand with professional documentation. As for the product all i can say is its fair to okif i had to start over i would purchase a more expensive product, but not draper.

Very pleased with this purchase. Sharpens up a multiplicity of drills which would otherwise have gone in the bin when essentially all they really need is their edges refreshing with this little beast. Not sure how to sharpen up your gear?. Well there’s loads of simple to follow guidance on youtube.

Excellent machine prompt service.

The grinder is well made and quiet in operation; the tool rests are not as robust as expected and could be improved especially as the grinder is described as heavy duty; however overall it represents good value for the money.

A good machine but i have found it to “grind” to a halt when using it on heavy items,so i wouldn’t class it as heavy-duty and the guards are something of a joke,very flimsy.

Looking for a reasonable quality bench grinder, i discounted the basic diy products with tiny 150 watt 1/5hp motors as they quickly overheat and burn out if used for more than a few minutes at a time. This product with it’s 370 watt 1/2hp motor, whilst still being in the diy price class, is a totally different animal. It is very substantial at 12kg and overall construction / quality looks to be very good. On first run i was impressed with the overall quietness and lack of vibration, giving a very unstressed impression. The only con is the relative lightness of the grinding supports. Though compared to others these are substantial and totally sufficient for most diy use. But understandably not up to industrial standards. The wheel guards themselves are substantial enough and it is easy to make a more suitable rest should you require more accuracy grinding lathe tools etc.

Powerful machine, good value for the money. Guards a bit flimsy, but other than that i’m pleased with it.

This grinder was selected as it had 200 watts more power than similar products and to replace an old 6 inch grinder which was past its best. The machine copes adequately with all the normal diy person would throw at it. I tried grinding 6mm steel plate on it and it managed to grind it back the 4mm i wanted but it took some time even on the coarse wheel. Still not many would be using this machine for that purpose and it did it in the end bearing in mind it was over a distance of about 12 inches. Its very quiet and the wheel guards are robust but the tool rests are, as another reviewer says, ‘flimsy’ i will make some more which are robust. Most grinders in this range have poor tool rests, though compared to some these are not to bad. Was a bit annoyed to see that after i bought it it was reduced in price by about a fiver, still thats life. All in all a good grinder for the garage, small workshop and better than others for the price.

Had this grinder for a good few weeks now, it’s used every day and seems up to the job. Would say it’s better than the cheaper models.

I looked at a few grinders before purchasing this one and i am glad i paid that bit extra for the more powerfull heavy duty model. Quality is good, wheels are balanced well. I generally use it for grinding thick metal like horse shoes and it has been really good.

Plenty of power for the diy jobs when using the brush wheel it shows in the lower rated motors(stalling of brush). Only down side is the flimsy support brackets. Why cut corners at that stage.

I purchased this as a dedicated grinder for tig tungstens and for this it is perfectly adequate. Seems quiet, smooth running and as delivered well balanced, in short, just fine for around 50 quid. As with all of these brand name grinders, draper, clarke, et al, the tool rests are way too flimsy and will deflect during heavy use making it quite dangerous for some applications. If you are looking for a tool for serious / professional heavy duty grinding then none of the machines from these manufacturers, (even the pricey ones),are for you. Be prepared to pay around £150 and look at something that does not use pathetic pressed steel tool rests or be prepared to make your own ‘rugged’ replacement rests. Safety tip, when grinding (bench or angle) use either en166 a or b impact rated goggles or face shield, safety glasses tend to be f rated which is not sufficient.

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  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars When I open the box the casing was scratched and dirty. The clear plastic protectors smudged with dirt and ... says:

    This review is from : Draper 29620 150 mm 230-Volt 370-Watt 3,000 rpm Heavy-Duty Bench Grinder

    I’ve been sent a used bench grinder when it was stated new. When i open the box the casing was scratched and dirty. The clear plastic protectors smudged with dirt and grease.
    1. I’ve been sent a used bench grinder when it was stated new. When i open the box the casing was scratched and dirty. The clear plastic protectors smudged with dirt and grease.
      1. First one sent was dropped so bearings were crushed and wheels didn’t spin freely. Second one arrived in better condition did not seem well assembled, on further inspection found that the shaft was bent so thus for un usable, (not safe to operate). I would advise careful inspection of machine before operation as with the faults i found if an unqualified person were to operate the equipment it would certainly result in injury or fatality.
  2. This review is from : Draper 29620 150 mm 230-Volt 370-Watt 3,000 rpm Heavy-Duty Bench Grinder

    First one sent was dropped so bearings were crushed and wheels didn’t spin freely. Second one arrived in better condition did not seem well assembled, on further inspection found that the shaft was bent so thus for un usable, (not safe to operate). I would advise careful inspection of machine before operation as with the faults i found if an unqualified person were to operate the equipment it would certainly result in injury or fatality.

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