I'm already in love!
Here's what I like:
Sturdy, seriously, this thing has thick thighs and biceps
Simple, a single allen wrench and a 1/2" combo wrench are pretty much all you need
Versatile. What I mean is that I am not limited to what the machine tells me I can and can't do. If I change to a three step pulley, all of a sudden I have variable speed. I used a 1725 RPM motor, but I could have used a 3450 motor as well. I can run horizontal. There's a decent enough selection of belts for both wood and metal.
It's a Kalamazoo. It's fun to say, and made on the other side of the big lake (for the non Milwaukee folks...that would be Lake Michigan).
Price. $279. Some other motorless grinders are twice that. It fit my budget AND my needs. That doesn't happen every day. Hardcore grinders can run you over $2000. Mind you, that's a full tilt 72" grinder with a 240 volt motor and variable speed...but only the most hard core folks can justify that expense.
Here's what I don't like:
Limited belt selection. Ok...through no fault of its own...the 48" grinder doesn't have the selection of belts available that a 72" grinder has. However, in defense, I can do what I need.
That's it. There's nothing to really not like about this belt grinder. The guards keep you safe from OSHA scrutiny while not getting in the way. It doesn't make a bunch of racket. On and on and on.This isn't about bang for the buck...you're getting KAPOW for the buck!
If you have a little more cash to spend, you can get one with a motor. There is also a 72" version of this grinder (both with and without a motor). Options, options, options.
As much as I would have liked to buy a super grinder, I believe that I am going to be stoked on this thing for quite a while.