This was a replacement for an ancient version originally made by ‘sealey’ that died when the motor burnt out through old age and which i have always found to be the most efficient and versatile sharpening tool it is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.
Draper 31235 230-Volt Wet and Dry Bench Grinder :