In this guide we’ll look at the best bench grinders for the UK market.
We’ve compared power, performance, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What are the best bench grinders?
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The Draper 05097 200mm 550W 230V Heavy Duty Bench Grinder with Worklight is the best bench grinder because it has a powerful 550-watt motor, comes with included work light and has wheel guard and spark deflector.
This bench grinder comes equipped with a powerful 550-watt motor. This enables it to effectively grind and sand through even tough metals. Having a powerful motor enables you to work more efficiently as it will remove material faster. The grinder is fitted with one coarse and one fine grinding wheel.
The built-in work light is a great feature as it is nice and bright and is adjustable. This enables you to angle the light to ensure you can properly see what you are grinding without having any shadows in the way. This makes your grinding experience easier and safer.
The two wheels have both a guard and a spark deflector. This reduces the number of sparks and debris created when using a grinder and helps makes it a safer process for you.
Overall this is the best grinder being powerful, easy and safe to use.
The Silverline 263511 – 150W 150mm (6″) DIY Bench Grinder 230V is a good option because, it is inexpensive, compact and has good tool rests.
This option offers good value especially for someone that is new to using a grinder or just needs it for small tasks. Being inexpensive, it a great option if you don’t need a larger more powerful grinder.
If space is a premium this is also a good option as its compact and won’t take up too much space in your workshop.
Considering it is inexpensive it does a good job of lighter work. This is a very useful tool when you need a grinder for sharpening tools or working on small parts. The grinder has medium and fine grade grinding wheels. The grinder also features two steel tool rests which are nice and sturdy and support your work well.
Overall this is a good option if money or space is tight or you only need a grinder for smaller tasks such as sharpening blades.
The Sealey BG150WL Bench Grinder Ø150mm with Work Light 250W/230V is also a good option because It has a 250w motor comes with two good quality stones and a work light.
The 250-watt motor makes this a powerful grinder which efficiently removes materials from even from strong metals. This makes working with the grinder fast and efficient.
This bench grinder comes with a fine and medium stone that are of good quality. Having good quality stones is important, firstly, because they will last longer. Secondly, they will remove material faster when using the coarser stone and a quality fine stone will help you refine the finish or sharpen tools better.
The work light enables you to ensure that whatever you are grinding is properly lit ensuring you work safely and accurately.
This is a good midrange option with a good combination of power and good quality grindstones.
The Sealey BG150CX Bench Grinder Ø150mm 150W/230V is another good choice because it is compact, come with eye shields and has a reasonable 150-watt motor.
This product is quite compact making it a good choice if space is at a premium. The grinder is supplied with both coarse and fine aluminous oxide stones. It comes with good quality adjustable eye guards for both of the wheels, helping to keep you safe and protected from sparks and debris.
The 150-watt motor is powerful enough for smaller jobs and tasks such as sharpening knives or tools.
I think this is a good option for anyone that needs a compact and versatile bench grinder.
The Draper 06498 75mm 50W 230V Mini Bench Grinder with Flexible Drive Shaft is another good option because it comes with a wide array of wheels and stones, a flexible drive shaft and is built well.
This product comes with a wide array of wheels and attachments out of the box. This helps you get started straight away. Often bench grinders come with the two wheels attached and nothing else. This product comes with extra wheels, sanding belts, polishing wheels and wire brush wheels.
The flexible drive shaft can be used to help with detail work while you are using your bench grinder. It works a little like a Dremel in that you can attach different tools to the end of and use it for more intricate sanding.
This product is small but built very well and offers a solid and versatile mini grinder.
Bench Grinder Buyers guide
Coarse & fine grinding wheels
Coarse and fine wheels are often used in conjunction with one another. A course wheel will remove more material faster but won’t leave a clean finish. So for shaping metal, you can use your course wheel to remove the bulk and create a shape, then you can move to the finer wheel to clean up the piece.
For sharpening and maintaining tools a fine wheel will give you best results enabling you to create a sharp clean edge.
The grinding wheel or stone will produce sparks and debris when grinding. This can obviously be dangerous, so eye protection must always be worn even if you have a guard.
That being said a guard can help reduce the number of sparks and debris that makes it to you or the workshop. Having a good guard near the wheel to catch the bulk of the debris and sparks can make grinding safer and easier. It is worth having a look at the guard when buying a grinder to ensure it can protect you properly.
Tool rests are a very important part of your grinder purchase. The main things to look for in a tool rest are that it needs to be strong and sturdy to ensure safe use. It is also helpful if it has full adjustability in terms of angle and tilt as this makes sharpening and managing tools much easier. Finally, it needs to be large enough to cope with whatever you plan to work on with your grinder.
Rubber foot pads
Rubber footprints ensure that the grinder stays secure on your bench. Ensuring that your grinder is stable and remains still, even under heavy loads, is important. Grinders can create a lot of vibration on the bench, therefore, having nonslip rubber footpads keeps the machine from moving.
If the machine moves when you are using it this can be very dangerous as you may end up touching the grinder and hurting yourself. I would advice to always look to see if your grinder has rubber footpads before purchase.
Bench mounting holes
Like rubber footpads, having good bench mounting holes can ensure that you get a good secure fit to your bench. This reduces the chances it will move or slip and that you can hurt yourself. When undertaking heavier tasks, look for a grinder with bench mounting holes to mount your grinder to your bench.
How do I use a bench grinder?
If you have never used a bench grinder a great way to start out is to use it to shape a piece of metal. This will help you learn how the bench grinder works and practice your skills. So, I recommend starting by getting a piece of metal and practising using the bench grinder to turn it into a shape.
Firstly, ensure you are properly protected. Both the grinder and the piece of metal may shoot debris towards you. Therefore, it is important to wear eye protection, a leather apron, and gloves.
Then, you need to check the machine is ready for the purpose. Ensure that the wheel is correctly mounted and secure so it spins properly and won’t fly off the grinder. You will also need to ensure the tool rest is securely placed beside the wheel. You will also either need to fill your bench grinder water tray up or have a bucket of water nearby. This is important as your metal will start to get hot as you are grinding, and you will need to cool it off in the water.
Once all your safety checks are done you can start on the fun part. Turn the machine on and you can start shaping your metal.
Ensure you have a good grip on the metal with both hands. Lay the piece on the tool rest and slowly press against the wheel of the grinder. You want to let the machine do the work so there is no need to put excess force on the piece of metal against the wheel. Never put the piece you are working with on the side of the wheel as this will damage it.
As you do this the machine will start to shape the metal. You can then experiment with moving it around and trying to create different shapes and curves as this will best help you understand how to use a bench grinder.
Remember to dip your piece in the water regularly to keep it cool. Every 40 seconds should be enough.
What is a bench grinder?
Bench grinders are grinding tools that sit on top of a bench. A bench grinder’s main task is to remove the bulk of material from an object. The aim is to help refine the shape of the material into what you are looking for. It can also be used to sharpen, buff, polish or clean up rusty or tarnished metal.
It is very good at helping you to maintain your tools too, enabling you to sharpen knives and chisels with relative ease compared to using a whetstone.
How do I sharpen tools on a bench grinder?
Firstly, ensure all the safety measures are taken that we talk about in “how to use a bench grinder”
Sharpening tools is all about angles. A knife will have a different angle to an axe. Your bench grinder’s tool rest should be adjustable by angle as it can tilt up and down. So, in this example, we are going to talk about a kitchen knife.