Grizzly 6-Inch Bench Grinder Review (G9717)

Grizzly 6-Inch Bench Grinder Review (G9717)

The Grizzly 6-Inch G9717 bench grinder is a cheap compact bench grinder that’s more than adequate for any task.

Pros: The build quality is excellent, more so when you consider how cheap it is.

Cons: Local outlets are hard to find.

The Bottom Line: In the market for a bench grinder but don’t have much money? The Grizzly G91717 might just be what you need.

I purchased the Grizzly G9717 as a replacement for my old bench grinder, which gave up on me while I was working on a project. While unfortunate, it seems that it was a blessing in disguise. This is because this bench grinder is much better than my old one and so far, it has not failed me.

While the Grinder is easy to use, finding it wasn’t easy. I had to go through the painful process of looking at grinders that were too expensive for my tastes and ones that just didn’t pack enough juice for my needs.

I then took to the internet to look for which Grizzly bench grinder would suit my needs and it led me to the Grizzly G9717 bench grinder.

It’s a simple 6-inch bench grinder (two 6-inch grinding wheels) powered by a 1/3 hp single phase motor running on 110v. It spins at a 3450 rpm.

Specs-wise, the Grizzly grinder states that it can accept will accept 6″ grinding wheels from ½” to 5/8″ wide. Though, in my experience, I’ve used wheels and accessories up to ¾” wide using my own thinner washer assemblies.

Another good thing is that this bench grinder has some rather thick clear plastic eye shields on the top side of the metal wheel guards. Though, I guess I don’t need to explain that you always need to wear eye protection, regard less of whether or not a bench grinder has plastic eye shields.

Just make sure that you don’t screw the shields tightly or else you’d have a hard time moving them around.

The front mounted switch, whish is pretty standards, is slightly recessed. The grinder also has a grounded power cord that’s about 6 feet long.

What I like about this old grinder best is that it doesn’t take forever to spin up. It’ll take only seconds after flipping the switch for this one to speed up.

Even better is that even using it, you’ll barely hear it at all. There’s little to no vibration when its running and I even find it hard to tell the difference between it under load and on idle. I consider this a great improvement compared to my old grinder that was just unbearably loud!

Pre-installed on the grinder are two 6” grinding wheels. One is a bit coarser (36 grit or so), while the other is medium (60 grit or something) and both are suitable for any grinding project you can think of.

Sooner or later, I may replace the 36 grit wheel for something like 24 grit when necessary. I may also replace the 60 grit wheel with a 12 grit wheel for finer work.

This bench grinder isn’t also that heavy. It only weighs about 19 pounds, out of the box.

Also, for a 1/3 hp motor, the Grizzly 6-inch bench grinder seems to have plenty of power as it cut grind through a 1/8” iron bar without even showing any signs of slowing down.

Purchase one at a great price here!

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