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    Thoughts on grinders

    I've been toying with the idea of getting a nicer grinder (which i use to refinish the sides of knives sometimes)... i was looking at the KMG and the TW-90. I was wondering if any of you guys have thoughts on which you prefer and why? Are there others i should be considering?

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    TW-90.......A direct drive motor is going to run smoother and have less moving parts on the drive side to wear.....Plus the Tw is a 2-in-1 machine,woth the extra cash.

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    I have tried both the KMG and the TW-90. The TW-90 is a bit more, but it definitely runs nicer; plus, some of the features on there just make more sense. The easy horizontal change is also really, really cool. There's always the surface grinder attachment too, which I am just dying to get.

    I'm not saying the KMG isn't nice though - it's a great machine, but there are improvements that I think are possible.

    One other option that is very similar to the TW-90 is the Wilmont grinder. I haven't had the chance to try it, but it looks very promising. Good reviews on it too.
    "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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    Baratza.

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    Check out Norm Coote's site;

    http://www.cootebeltgrinder.com/

    they are well built, and with a KBDA controller & a 3ph.motor you will save a bunch of cash
    compared to the KMG & TW-90

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    I have used my kmg for a few years It is a tank and can do almost anything with attachments like small wheel. get a 3 phase 2-3 hp tefc motor on ebay and the ac drive on one of the web sites. Also get the steel base to mount motor. The tw is a better more versatile machine but the Kmg is excellent. I also have a disk grinder and have thought of adding a second Kmg.

    Good luck. David

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    TW-90 seems like the right move for me... i like working with nice things

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    I am sure you will love the tw-90. Are you going to make some blades from scratch or make repairs and modifications. I know you will find the horizontal mode of the tw-90 useful. David

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    the kmg is a Very good grinder. but using them side by side the tw-90 is distinctly better than the kmg. Also the tw 90 comes plug and play/grind whereas the kmg needs some assembly, and the tw comes with a wheel a flat platen and a small wheel attachment for the same price.

    the only other grinder I myself would consider is a Burr King but the TW is the better choice for a one grinder shop.

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    I personally have used a Bader grinder for over 20 years and I love it. It's a good versatile machine.
    Thought I'd mention them, since nobody else did.
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