Top 20 Bench Grinders in 2018

Bench grinders have become increasingly popular with DIY enthusiasts and professionals and are expected to garner the attention they deserve. These tools offer you the ability to sharpen, sand, polish and do so much more and can be used to work with all types of materials. The versatility these types of grinders offer are more then you would expect and have become a necessary tool for most people in the shop.

When looking through the numerous bench grinders out there finding that one in a stream of hundreds is nearly impossible. This is what we do best as we’ve broken down the best of the best while looking at everything a user needs to see including high-performance, long-lasting, ease of use, and of course, price.

The following review details the Top 20 Bench Grinders in 2018 giving you an unbiased look at the best models out there and what you’ve got to pick one up.

Baldor 7306 7-Inch 1800 RPM Bench Grinder Review

9.8/10

Pros

  • Easy to use, even for beginners
  • Sharpens tools and blades
  • Reasonable price tag
  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • Sleek and compact design

Cons

  • No drawback has been reported by the users

Baldor starts out this review with an efficient, yet powerful bench grinder that delivers 1800 RPM of speed. This powerful grinder is fit for all users and offers an easy to use interface which makes it popular with beginners. For the DIY enthusiast in you, there’s no better option that gives you the best in-class power output while delivering precise results with any task.

The Baldor 7306 grinder is a 7-inch model and fully extends itself with all safety features built right-in. Complying with all OSHA safety standards makes it a great addition to any shop and gives you an added piece of mind. Included features are a two-piece tool rest which makes it possible to work horizontally and vertically and can be tilted to any angle you choose.

Dayton 8-Inch 1.5HP Premium Bench Grinder Review

9.4/10

Pros

  • Easy to operate
  • Effortless assembly
  • Sturdy construction
  • Long-lasting investment
  • Stable and reduced vibrations

Cons

  • You may find its price high as compare to other grinders in its class

Dayton makes this review with a slightly larger model with this 1.5HP bench grinder which is a premium model. This grinder was made to last and delivers optimal power allowing you to work with any material and cuts down your time on task. This model weighs in around 85-pounds making it heavier than most, but gives you solid construction giving you years of rigorous use.

This 8-inch Dayton bench grinder gives you everything you need out of the box and adds in some extras you don’t typically see including a dust collection port and delivers a no load RPM 1800 to 3450. Other features include a 5/8-inch arbor, aluminum oxide wheels, 2 ½-inch exhaust port, Phase 1 operation, and boasts a simple to use and follow LED variable speed readout.

Dayton 6-Inch 3/4HP Premium Bench Grinder Review

9.3/10

Pros

  • LED to display statics
  • Well-suited for everyone, beginner or a pro
  • Sturdy construction
  • Available with warranty
  • Adjustable speed settings

Cons

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty grinding

Claiming the 3rd spot in this review is another premium bench grinder from Dayton which comes in slightly less then the one before. Powered by an efficient ¾ HP motor delivering a max RPM of 3450 you can rest assured you’re getting plenty of power to handle grinding, polishing, sanding and more.

This Dayton bench grinder scores an impressive 9.3 out of 10 and is backed a perfect Amazon 5-star consumer rating. Highlight features include a 3 Phase 60 Hz, 5/8-inch arbor, adjustable eye shields, adjustable tool rest, 2 ½-inch dust collection port, hurricane bolts, spark arrestors, and 30 and 60 grit sanding wheels.

Not bad considering the price which comes in hundreds less then competitor’s models in its class.

Baldor 6-Inch Industrial Grinder Review

9.2/10

Pros

  • Easy to operate by anyone, a beginner or an expert
  • Powerful motor ensures uninterrupted performance
  • Durable and sturdy construction
  • Well-suited for crushing any type of heavy-duty material
  • Space-saving, sleek and compact design

Cons

  • Some users may find it expensive
  • You have to wear glasses to protect your eyes from dust particles

For those looking for an industrial bench grinder which offers a simple operation and gives you a durable, powerful solution, then considering the 4th model in this review is a sure thing. This grinder keeps it simple making it a perfect choice for newbies, but offers plenty of power which makes it highly recommended for professional user alike.

This grinder outperforms the competition and features a very competitive price tag. Notable features include a powerful motor strong enough to take on mid-grade projects with ease. It’s compact and lightweight design makes it simple to move as it weighs just over 25 pounds.

Dayton 2LKR7 6-Inch 1/3 HP Bench Grinder Review

9.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to use even by a beginner
  • Effortless assembly
  • Reasonable price
  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • Versatile and user-friendly features

Cons

  • May produce noise when used for an extended duration

Dayton delivers another amazing bench grinder with the 2LKR7 which impressed us all scoring a 9.0 out of 10. This tool is a smaller 6-inch model, but handles smaller and mid-sized grinding, polishing and sanding projects with ease. The operation is simple which makes it a great option for beginners and powers through any task with its 1/3 HP motor.

Some of the most notable compliments has been its ease of use, quiet operation and versatility. When looking at what you get, it includes a dust collection port, speeds from RPM 2000 to 3300 no load, large ½-inch arbor, aluminum oxide wheel construction, and both 36 and 60 grit discs.

Baldor 612R 6-Inch 1/3-Horsepower Industrial Duty Big Red Grinder Review

9.0/10

Pros

  • Long power cord
  • Reduced vibrations throughout the operation
  • Quiet performance
  • Reasonably priced
  • Durable structure

Cons

  • Some users may find it bulky to relocate

This 6-inch grinder from Baldor has become a top-seller and includes a near perfect 5-star Amazon rating. This heavy-duty grinder is rated for industrial use and boasts superior build quality allowing it to handle any project you have in mind. This big red grinder is large in stature, but offers an easy use to use interface keeping it less complicated then it looks.

The Baldor 612R is a 6-inch model, and although it’s not as big as others it outperforms many of the big boys when looking at output. The 1/3 HP motor churns out 3600 RPM and features a 2-piece tool rest which allows you to work vertically and horizontally and tilts to any angle allowing you to work with ease.

Rikon Power Tools 80-808 8-Inch 1 hp Low Speed 1725 RPM Bench Grinder Review

8.8/10

Pros

  • Smooth and powerful
  • Magnifying glass for small errors
  • Light weight and portable
  • Can operate for continuous uses
  • Low noise

Cons

  • Produces a lot of dust
  • Does not come with a wheel wire

Rikon Power Tools may not be the biggest name in the tool shed, but after products like this they deserve to be mentioned with the bigger names like JET, Baldor and Dayton. This large grinder is powered by a 1HP motor and gives you a slow speed option delivering precise work and optimizing performance.

The motor delivers 1725 RPM and includes everything you need out of the box to create the ideal workspace. Notable features include a durable cast iron base with rubber feet which help reduce vibration, adjustable tool rest, metal wheel guards and an LED light on top which does a great job illuminating your work area.

Central Machinery 6-Inch Electric Bench Grinder Review

8.8/10

Pros

  • Easy to operate
  • Protect eyes from debris
  • Reasonable price
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Sturdy construction

Cons

  • Plastic safety guards may interrupt the performance
  • Vibrates and produce noise while working

What is a power tool review without a Central Machinery product in it? This electric bench grinder is second to none and is easily one of the best values in this review. Coming in at under $50, Central Machinery packs a whole lot into this grinder and keeps the price much less then you would expect. Powered by a ½ HP motor which has been proven to not bog down keeps it simple while delivering great results.

This 6-inch grinder is a smaller model, but is perfect for sanding, polishing, sharpening and grinding. The durability and added in features are where this grinder stands out which includes sealed ball bearings, adjustable eye shields and tool rest and a perfectly balance design which significantly reduces vibration when comparing it with the former model.

JET 577102 JBG-8A 8-Inch Bench Grinder Review

8.8/10

Pros

  • Available with the warranty
  • Powerful motor to deliver a smooth and uninterrupted performance
  • Sturdy and durable construction
  • Reasonable price
  • Stable performance because of rubber feet

Cons

  • May vibrate while performing on a higher speed

JET makes an appearance in this review with this powerful, large 8-inch bench grinder which scores an 8.8 out of 10. At first sight, it’s hard to not appreciate the superior craftsmanship which is something we’ve come to expect from all JET power tools. Aside from appeal, this grinder delivers sheer power and is rated for use for industrial purposes making it a great choice for home or professional use.

The JET JBG-8A is a high-quality grinder made to last. Highlighted by bearings that are enclosed and pre-lubricated giving you years of rigorous use with minimal ongoing maintenance. The cast iron wheel guards and dust vents are standard along with a 5/8-inch spindle and spark guards that are adjustable.

Palmgren 10 inch 1/3hp 115/230V grinder Review

8.5/10

Pros

  • Available in 2 colors
  • Smooth and powerful
  • Very small angles can be set accurately
  • Contains a dust collection bag
  • Replaceable steel jaws

Cons

  • Some durability concerns

Palmgreen makes their only appearance in this review with a versatile bench grinder that operates on both 115 and 230v electricity. This versatility allows you to hook up to any conventional power outlet giving you no limits to where you can work and will become a permanent fixture in any tool shed. This heavy-duty grinder was built to last highlighted by precision made, all-steel construction.

This 10-inch grinder is one of the big boys and handles the most extreme grinding, polishing, sanding and sharpening projects you have in mind. The 1/3 HP motor is not only powerful, but efficient and delivers plenty of RPM. Notable features include a fixed jaw plate along with a horizontal and vertical grove tilting aluminum tool rest.

Metabo DS 200 8-Inch Bench Grinder Review

8.4/10

Pros

  • Quiet and smooth in performance
  • Powerful motor
  • Reduced vibrations
  • Sturdy construction
  • Durable and long-lasting

Cons

  • Some users may find it expensive

Metabo has a huge lineup of angle grinders, but are limited to a few when looking at bench grinder. This is ok because this grinder is hands-down one of the best which is an 8-inch model, but acts much bigger than it really is. Giving you a no load speed to 3,570 giving you plenty of speed to handle any project with ease.

The Metabo DS 200 is a premium model which has a slightly larger learning curve then most. Best-suited for experience and professional users and is a durable, sturdy model highly recommended for industrial use. The motor delivers low-noise, low vibration and will require no maintenance over-time as it’s an induction model.

HHIP 7600-0030 Heavy Duty Bench Grinder Review

8.2/10

Pros

  • Reasonable price
  • Protect eyes from debris
  • 6 feet long power cord
  • Reduced vibrations
  • Noise-free operation
  • Direct-drive powerful motor

Cons

  • May vibrate with an excessive use
  • Not suitable for crushing heavy-duty materials

HHIP is a brand you may not have heard of, but after taking this grinder for a spin there was no way we could omit it from this review. The price alone is amazing and makes it worth considering alone, but what makes this grinder a must have is its ease of use and performance for a cheap bench grinder. The maintenance free operation starts with a direct drive motor which doesn’t use any belts or brushes.

This HHIP bench grinder is a heavy-duty model and for the price you wouldn’t think so. Other notable features include lubricated motor bearings which won’t need to be re-lubricated, removable wheel covers, tool rests that adjusts, and protective eye shields that won’t ever shatter.

Rockwell Shop Series RK7867 6-Inch Bench Grinder Review

8.2/10

Pros

  • Electric powered
  • Comes with manufacturing warranty
  • Portable and easy to use
  • Heavy duty
  • Smooth and powerful

Cons

  • Wobbly wheels
  • Flimsy tool rest

This Rockwell Shop Series model is another affordable bench grinder which comes in just over $50. For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to pass this up which is a 6-inch model and is a lightweight model giving you the ability to easily move it from location to location. Weighing in at just under 30-pounds its more durable then it looks and has become an essential power tool for the garage or work shop.

The Rockwell RK7867 is an efficient grinder that includes everything you need including eye shields, ½ HP motor and a spindle lock which makes it quick and easy to change out the wheels. At this price, this compact, lightweight, and powerful grinder is a must-have and there’s plenty of Amazon consumers who agree with us.

JET JWBG-8 8-Inch Bench Grinder with Norton Wheels Review

8.1/10

Pros

  • Available in an attractive white color
  • Sturdy construction
  • 5-year warranty
  • Powerful 1 HP motor
  • Works great at a low speed

Cons

  • May vibrate while working
  • May heat up, when used for a longer span

For those looking for a true professional grade bench grinder, then the 14th option in this review is for you. This grinder is an 8-inch model and boasts an industrial grade build quality fit for any shop. Outfitted with Norton wheels gives you more versatility than most which helps move the heavy-duty 60-pound frame with ease.

This 8-inch bench grinder was built to handle working on all types of projects with ease and does wonders with both coarse and fine grinding. Included is a 80 grit 3x blue ceramic alumina K grade disc and 100 grit White aluminum oxide makes this a must have for serious professionals.

Powertec 8" Slow speed bench grinder BGSS801 Review

8.1/10

Pros

  • 1-year warranty
  • Smooth and powerful
  • Very small angles can be set accurately
  • Does not overheat
  • Replaceable steel jaws

Cons

  • Poor tool rest
  • Takes a while to operate

Powertec makes this review with an affordable slow speed bench grinder deserving an 8.1 out of 10. Affordable, but doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to performance highlighted by a motor that runs super-cool always and delivers optimal speeds to 1725 RPM.

This grinder offers much more then just power and speed. Other notable features include an aluminum oxide wheels which produce less heat then most, wheels that are 1-inch in diameter providing more stability, and a base that is made of heavy-duty steel which significantly lessens vibration and improves operating stability.

Central Machinery 8-Inch Bench Grinder with Gooseneck Lamp Review

8.0/10

  • Easy to use even by an amateur
  • Effortless assembly
  • Powerful motor to ensure uninterrupted performance
  • Reasonable price
  • Durable and sturdy construction
  • Long-lasting investmen

Cons

  • May vibrate while working on a low speed
  • Hard to find the replacement of its wheels, once they are damaged

This 8-inch bench grinder from Central Machinery is another model fit for grinding, polishing, sharpening and sanding. This simple and affordable grinder is an 8-inch model which gives you plenty of disc space to save time while on task and includes both coarse and fine grinding wheels.

Included is a gooseneck lamp which does a great job illuminating the area, but there have been durability concerns with the lamp itself. Other highlights include a spark deflectors and adjustable eye shields which makes operating it safer and tool rests that are fully adjustable.

Baldor 762R 7-Inch 1/2-Horsepower Industrial Duty Big Red Grinder Review

8.0/10

Pros

  • Easy to use and operate
  • Durable and sturdy construction
  • Compact and sleek design
  • Space-saving yet efficient
  • Well-suited for both, beginners and expert

Cons

  • Some users may find it expensive

Onway introduced a great e-bike for women in this 26-inch, 6-speed model. Designed for city riding and outfitted with a Shimano 6 speed gear which gives you speeds to 16 mph and a max riding distance of 40-miles on a single charge. Powered by a 250-watt motor and complimented by a 36-volt 9Ah battery, Onway gives you a powerful, efficient electric bike in one.

Out of the box there’s minimal assembly required as it comes 90% assembled. The lightweight aluminum frame is highly durable and gives you piece of mind with a 3-year warranty on the frame. Other features include an adjustable seat, LED mode, 3-level assist, and can accommodate riders to 275-pounds.

Sunex 5002A 8-Inch Bench Grinder with Light Review

7.8/10

Pros

  • Built to last
  • Good value for money
  • Easy to assemble
  • Powerful, quiet and smooth

Cons

  • Not all hardware is included
  • Instructions not attached

Sunex makes their only appearance in this review and is available in a large 8-inch model and cheaper 6-inch small bench grinder. Outfitted with a light which is attached on top helps provide light and works wonders in poorly lit areas and can be adjusted to shine directly on different areas.

The 8-inch model features a cast iron base for improved durability, spark guard and eye shields over each grinding wheel, and includes both a 36 and 60 grit wheel. Not bad for the price which helped it become a best-seller on Amazon with well over 50 all-positive reviews.

Delta Power Tools 23-198 6-Inch Variable Speed Grinder with Tool-Less Quick Change Review

7.7/10

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Sturdy structure
  • Reasonable price
  • Powerful motor
  • Smooth performance

Cons

  • May heat up, when used for an extended period
  • Not suitable for heavy-duty grinding

This Delta Power Tools bench grinder would have scored much higher, but due to its popularity it’ been hard to find for sale. This has become a constant sell-out which shows how great it is, but claiming the 19th spot in this review isn’t bad at all. For a 60-inch bench grinder, it delivers great power and optimizes performance and comes in highly recommended for sharpening tools and other types of material.

Delta Power Tools has become a reputable brand that seems to sell itself and when you add in variable speed you’re getting nothing but precision. The speed can be set from 2,000 to 3,400-RPM which provides the user more control and offers a vibration free operation complete with durable, stable cast iron construction.

SKIL 3380-01 6-Inch Bench Grinder with Light Review

7.6/10

Pros

  • Built-in LED light
  • Low vibrations
  • Little to no noise
  • Smooth functioning
  • Comes with safety gear
  • No hassle of replacing batteries

Cons

  • No way to lock the spindle in place

This 6-inch SKIL bench grinder closes out this review with an affordable model which adds in some features you typically don’t find at this price. Coming in around $50 you’re getting a simple, lightweight grinder which includes both medium and coarse wheels perfect for material removal of any type.

Some of the highlight features include an LED light over each wheel, 2.1-amp motor delivering 3,450 RPM, tool rests that adjust, and rubberized feet which help reduce vibration and provide a more stable platform. Users have said its one of the easiest models to use which makes it perfect for beginners, but may be too basic for professional use.

Conclusion

Hopefully after reading this have the insight needed to make the best purchase for you. When looking at the above best bench grinders this year, it all starts with a budget and then matching a grinder without going over will give you a great option. We’ve looked at numerous models and you’re certain to find a bench grinder just for you from the 20 best in 2018 noted above.

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