I guess I didn't calm down much. The only reason I bought the Craftsman 6" grinder today is because I had a gift card. Hey, I thought, it might not be the best grinder in the world, but I'm a handy guy, and I can make it sing. Well, I'm no voice coach, and this effin' thing needs a team of coaches to sing. Needless to say, it's going back tomorrow, and I want my money back. This is unacceptable. (now...on to the juicy pics...)
There's a silver lining, however. I have an old General suicide grinder that used to be my Grampa's. It's going to get some new bearings, new wheels, and a new belt. It will live on for three more generations (at least).
The Craftsman, on the other hand, is getting shoved where the sun don't shine. They can keep their crap. I knew there was a reason I hadn't set foot in a Sears store for almost a year...
In other news, this is only the second time I've had more than two beers since August, I'm that pissed.
|Nice try with that lock washer. This is what child labor in communist countries will get you. I had my doubts when I saw the MIC label. I haven't bought any thing made in China for quite a while...and this kind of quality is why.|
|Seriously? Seriously? Not even an attempt to smooth out the tool rest? C'mon guys. This is just plain crap. But wait, there's more to the tool rest...|
|I didn't put a protractor on it, but I'm pretty sure that's off by a couple degrees. The other side is at least as bad. Combine the off angle with the as-cast finish and you have a recipe for "Pissed Off Mark Casserole."|
|Front side view of the suicide grinder. The reason I want new tool rests is that one is missing, and the other is not adjustable for grinding plane irons or chisels. I'm thinking about a 36 grit wheel on the left and a 60 on the right.|