There are a lot of options out there. This is one time when you have to bite the bullet and spend a few bucks. Some of these options can range over $2000. However, you can still do it without dropping a full paycheck.
What's out there? If you're going to be hardcore about it, you run out and grab a 3 wheel grinder that runs a 2" by 72" belt. There are more belts available for that size than any other size out there. Starting price? The least you can expect to spend is about $600 (without a motor).
I don't have that kind of cash. I went to the 2" by 48" size. My belts are more limited, but I can still get a high quality grinder and have a good enough belt selection to do what I want. So...enter the Kalamazoo belt grinder...
|My new Kalamazoo grinder, with a basic selection of belts.|
I have a love for Kalamazoo band saws. They are absolute high quality. I figured that the quality would carry over. I found the grinder at Jantz knife supply. The cost, without a motor is under $300. I have a motor in the basement. In other words, I got a top notch grinder at a pretty good price. I was not disappointed when I opened the box. This is a quality tool.
|Loosening that set screw allows you to change from a vertical grinder...|
|...to a horizontal grinder.|
|Kalamazoo even includes a drive belt! How awesome is that? That meant that I didn't have to pull the drive belt from my suicide grinder, even though that's where the motor came from.|
|The motor from my suicide grinder. It's been running faithfully since my dad was a wee little one.|