Delta 8-inch Variable Grinder Review (23-199)

Delta 8-inch Variable Grinder Review (23-199)

The Delta 8-inch Variable Grinder is a reasonably priced equipment. It’s not cheap, but it’s not too expensive either. It also has many of the features that most people would need in a Variable Grinder.

For example, its slow variable speed capability makes it a great for sharpening lathe tools. To add to that, the Delta 23-199 8-inch Variable Grinder has quick change wheel nuts. This is a nice added feature as it makes changing wheels easier by eliminating the need for wrenches.

The best part about this Delta grinder, though, is that it comes with a variety of added accessories. This includes a diamond wheel dresser, a handy storage clip on the back and even a mounted flexible lamp.

The Delta 23-199, however, is not without its flaws. Much like other owners, I had a hard time in getting the wheels to run smoothly. While the diamond dresser proved useful and corrected any wheel diameter issues I encountered, it may be necessary for most people to use tape ships to correct the wobbling. Fortunately, this isn’t an isolated case. Many previous users have posted their own means of solving the handling wheel wobble problem.

As for the wheels, they’re fine. They’re great for sharpening and grinding, but it may be a good idea to invest in better and more expensive wheels once the time comes to replace them.

The grinder also rums smoothly. It’s able to perform all of its tasks well and is quite the powerful machine. It’s heavy and sturdy and the alignment is spot on.

The added feature of “toollest quick change system” is quite vague. Most people probably don’t know what it meant, me included. Many users have experienced problems with buying added accessories that aren’t compatible. So, be sure to do your own research accordingly.

I also found that the Delta 23-199 worked better when I replaced the wheel on the right with a  Norton Blue friable wheel for high speed steel. The same wheel also worked best for me as it kept most of my lathe tools as sharp as possible.

Basically, though, the main reason why I I’d recommend buying this model is because of its variable speed. This feature makes it rather versatile as you can use it to sharpen tools, lawnmower blades and even scraping tools.

Features aside, the make of the Delta 23-199 is just great. There’s no other way to describe it. Sitting tightly on my workbench without any clamps or bolts, I rarely had to worry about it falling off while using it.

If asked to rate it between 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest, I’d give it a solid 8. The reason being that the I really don’t see any difference between 2K and 3k rpm. But, that’s just my personal opinion. And, even with that “quirk”, I wouldn’t think twice about recommending the Delta 23-199 to anyone who’s in the market for a Variable Grinder.

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