Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder : thoroughly recommend it. particularly good for reshaping and sharpening carving

This was a replacement for an ancient version originally made by ‘sealey’ that died when the motor burnt out through old age and which i have always found to be the most efficient and versatile sharpening tool it is possible to have; this draper version being much improved in relation to build quality. I also use it to sharpen planer blades with a 1970’s cast iron attachment that mounts into the forward accessory holes and in this regard it should be noted that the catchment tray is metal on this grinder and a vast improvement on my old one that was only plastic, all in all this is a much better example of one of my favourite tools.

Fabulous grinder very good value and quality. I’m a carpenter by trade and it is great for home use, giving good results.

Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder

  • Designed for the workshop to hone and grind hand and garden tools
  • Suitable for high speed steel tooling
  • Fitted with a cable and an approved plug

Have been using for several weeks now and like the wet stone very much. Its graded 1000 on the side of the stone which is good for a pre finish (i then finish on a hand wet stone to 3000 and then 8000 for a razor sharp edge). The water drip needs to be moved quite often as it only drips in one location so the stone does not get uniformly ‘wet’, not a problem you just need to remember to move. The tool steady is lacking stability and is quite hard to setup. The rest is solidly built so why the cheap plastic steady?. I removed the sponge around the wet stone thinking it was packaging to protect the stone. Water sprayed all around the room. It catches all the water flung off the stone so keep it in place. Would recommend as sharpens tools (chisels, plane blades) evenly and squarely.

I have been using one of these professionally for about twenty years, on my second one now. Particularly good for reshaping and sharpening carving tools. I have tried other systems, i think this works better and is a lot cheaper. Get a carborundum dressing stick to flatten off the stones, the water one does wear with a lot of use, but easy to flatten.

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  1. Poor quality, having problems having it collected to be returned and being refunded.
    1. Poor quality, having problems having it collected to be returned and being refunded.
  2. This review is from : Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder

    Have been using for several weeks now and like the wet stone very much. Its graded 1000 on the side of the stone which is good for a pre finish (i then finish on a hand wet stone to 3000 and then 8000 for a razor sharp edge). The water drip needs to be moved quite often as it only drips in one location so the stone does not get uniformly “wet”, not a problem you just need to remember to move. The tool steady is lacking stability and is quite hard to setup. The rest is solidly built so why the cheap plastic steady?. I removed the sponge around the wet stone thinking it was packaging to protect the stone. Water sprayed all around the room. It catches all the water flung off the stone so keep it in place. Would recommend as sharpens tools (chisels, plane blades) evenly and squarely.
    1. Have been using for several weeks now and like the wet stone very much. Its graded 1000 on the side of the stone which is good for a pre finish (i then finish on a hand wet stone to 3000 and then 8000 for a razor sharp edge). The water drip needs to be moved quite often as it only drips in one location so the stone does not get uniformly “wet”, not a problem you just need to remember to move. The tool steady is lacking stability and is quite hard to setup. The rest is solidly built so why the cheap plastic steady?. I removed the sponge around the wet stone thinking it was packaging to protect the stone. Water sprayed all around the room. It catches all the water flung off the stone so keep it in place. Would recommend as sharpens tools (chisels, plane blades) evenly and squarely.
      1. Wrong screws supplied to fit the spark deflector. ( far too long and the heads are too narrow )apparently a known problem with lots of others’ effected. The manufacturer was very good and offered to post the correct screws. Ran the beasty and after 15 mins it started to squeak loudly so rang draper and let them listen to noise. On their advice am returning it for investigation. The plastic wet wheel guide is a bit flimsy and 90 degree mark seems to be off by a tad. Other than that, the instructions could have been better.
  3. Wrong screws supplied to fit the spark deflector. ( far too long and the heads are too narrow )apparently a known problem with lots of others’ effected. The manufacturer was very good and offered to post the correct screws. Ran the beasty and after 15 mins it started to squeak loudly so rang draper and let them listen to noise. On their advice am returning it for investigation. The plastic wet wheel guide is a bit flimsy and 90 degree mark seems to be off by a tad. Other than that, the instructions could have been better.
  4. This review is from : Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder

    A good product making tool sharpening a doddle but clearer instructions about using the magnetic tool holder against the flat bed would help tyro carpenters. Also instructions re assmbley could do with a re-write.
    1. A good product making tool sharpening a doddle but clearer instructions about using the magnetic tool holder against the flat bed would help tyro carpenters. Also instructions re assmbley could do with a re-write.
  5. This review is from : Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder

    On arrival and un-packaging i discovered immediately after switching on the white grinding stone to be off center as a result of which machine wobbles. On the plus side this type of wet grinding system is ideal for sharpening hand held carving tools. I’ll try buying another one.
    1. On arrival and un-packaging i discovered immediately after switching on the white grinding stone to be off center as a result of which machine wobbles. On the plus side this type of wet grinding system is ideal for sharpening hand held carving tools. I’ll try buying another one.

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