SKIL 120-Volt 6-Inch Bench Grinder Review

SKIL 120-Volt 6-Inch Bench Grinder Review

Let’s be honest, there are many bench grinders currently on the market.  Offered by pretty much every power tool company and ranging in price from the high 50$ to several hundred, it can be hard figuring out which bench grinder is worth getting.  This is made more difficult by its use.  Most people aren’t constantly sharpening things, which mean that the bench grinder doesn’t need to be as reliable and heavy duty as other more frequently used tools.

So where does that leave us?  Well, the SKIL model 3380-02 120-Volt 6-inch is just over 21 pounds, with dual grinders on either side of a central motor and stand. It is about a foot across by half a foot wide. From what I’ve seen, it is on the low end in terms of the products currently on the market. Experience and success with this SKIL grinder really seems to be based on the individual, so here are some specifications to see if it is right for you.

Motor Size

The SKIL bench grinder sports a 2.1 amp motor. This is particularly powerful for a bench grinder, and allowed for all tools to be sharpened without weighing down the motor. With 2.1 amps, tools can be pressed solidly into the wheels with little to no slowdown. Unlike a few other reports, there were no smells or smoke from repeated pressing.

Wheel Measurements

The wheels for both the coarse and medium wheels have a six-inch diameter and are ½ inch thick.  Numerous reports suggested that the wheels might begin to wobble after use.  This didn’t happen, and they remained solid through use.


This SKIL model comes as a solid attachable unit with cord and tool rests.  Also included are 6-inch by ½ inch thick medium and coarse wheels. More importantly, this bench grinder works with many other kinds of wheels that are 6 inches by ½ inch, including wire wheel brushes and buffing wheels.  Finally, there is an adjustable lamp for increased visibility while using the grinder.


The cost compared to many of its competitors is significantly less. If you’re budget conscious, you can’t go wrong with this bench grinder.

So where does that leave us?

Overall, I’m happy with the SKIL 3380-02 120-Volt 6-inch bench grinder.  Where as other people have reported problems in manufacturing or concerning the wheels and wobbling, I’ve been either lucky or fortunate not to experience them. However, keep in mind I haven’t used this model for a significant length of time.  If you are thinking of getting this as a stepping stone to something far more expensive and durable, it is a good choice and is more than capable of getting the job done.  As a parting word of wisdom for anyone about to use this device, make sure it is properly secured!  You can use it without securing it to a surface, but it is probably the most unsafe thing you can do! Overall, I give this grinder 4 out of 5 stars. The low cost sure is attractive!

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