Not long ago, I picked up an old hand-cranked grinder, and I have been slowly learning to use it. (I can't find a manufacturer's name anywhere.) I had been using an ancient belt sander for assorted grinding tasks, but it was loud and rickety, so when it finally choked to death on its own dust,…
In This Episode of American Piddler, we take an old rusty garage sale find... A Antique Hand Crank Grinder and restore it! We take all the old rust and Paint off with sanding, wire wheels, and scotch bright pads! we then use some Berryman Chem-Dip Carburetor & Parts Cleaner and let all the nuts and bolts and small parts soak over night!
The smaller grinder will take a 6″ wheel while the larger one can handle an 8″. Since they both work great, I'm considering picking up a narrow wheel to use for grinding moulding plane irons. I was taken by this idea when I saw Larry Williams use a 1/4″ wheel to grind the profile for his hollow planes.
Plus, a hand-cranked grinder is variable speed. You can work as fast or as slowly as you like. Hand-cranked grinders are widely available, fairly inexpensive and they accept modern grinding wheels. I have a Norton 3X wheel on mine – the same wheel as on my electric grinder. It's my favorite wheel. — Christopher Schwarz. P.S.
A hand knob or hand wheel from Grainger can give you a sure grip for heavy torque and clamping applications. Adjustable handles feature a variety of designs. A star knob, fluted, or four-prong knob can enable quick adjustments during high-torque applications.