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22 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
I'm not a big fan of Skil power tools in general. They tend to be underpowered and lack durability. However, I do purchase them from time to time to fill a gap while I am waiting for my wife's approval to get what I really want.
Purchased it for $39.99 from wally world (price matched Lowe's). Got it home and put it together (simple). Left the light off left side since I had read it limits access some. After a couple days I was only using the right side because I DID like the light so I put on the left. What I have used it for:
Grinding: sharpening hand tools: shovels, hand edger, clippers, pruning shears, pick ax, ax, hatchet, wood chisels, knives, lawn mower blades, log splitter and wedges.
6" Kobalt wire brush (be nice if it were included, but for $40): primarily for rust and paint removal from above mentioned items.
Within 2 hours I had sharpened everything in my garage (we have an armadillo problem in GA, so I like to be prepared). NOTHING bogged down the 2.1 amp motor which I had expected to happen.
I had a rusty 10" forged steel log splitting wedge I had found. Used the wire brush to clean off the rust, no problem. Got curious and used it to grind the wedge down to about 1". Even when applying pressure I did NOT notice any slowing of the wheel.
All use has been without being fastened down (as someone else noted, not very safe). This grinder runs QUIET, SMOOTH (none of the vibration I have read about on other models) and gets up to speed almost immediately.
I am impressed. Very happy I decided to buy it, I mean a 10" forged steel wedge? I can't think of anything else I will use it for that is heavier duty than that. Maybe the acquisition of Skil by Bosch in 1996 improved Skil's quality. Anyway, I have had it for 2 weeks now and have yet to bog it down. Money I was saving up for GSM200 will go to something else for now and I plan to keep this until it breaks.
terrific product , meets all my expectations. The only down side was it was mailed in the Skill box, not a plain box, so the present wasn't a surprise. But, it is a good product.
This is a good grinder for the money. It works very well. I wish the lights had more light. The motor is strong for jobs around the house.
So far, and I just bought it, the grinder does grind, but after ten minutes running it gets hot as h e double toothpicks and I'm afraid if it is not shut off it will burn itself out. Otherwise, need more time to evaluate.
I bought this grinder to replace one whose motor had failed. So far my main use of this grinder has been to finish sharpening lawn-mower blades. It seems to have good power, and seems well built. The LED lights on the eye shields aren't super bright, but they do add a little light where it's needed most.
I bought this item as a second bench top tool. Now I don't have to change grinders and buffers and wire wheels anymore. I leave this tool with two different grinding wheels set up right next to my main workbench. I can easily reach over and flip one switch and use it for quick grinding needs. Very useful and handy.
I bought this grinder to sharpen lawnmower blades. The LED lights aren't really bright, but they are effective. It's not built for heavy duty use but good for home use.
I bought this for my home workbench and it works great for my household jobs. It have plenty of power to tackle any job.
works great for sharpening lawn mower blades & shaping fab work that I do. I put a wire wheel on it for clean up of tools & stuff. handles my work just fine.
I bought this grinder about a month or so ago. I bought it mainly to sharpen my lawnmower blade. I had never used one before I bought this one. I'm still learning how to use the grinder but for me, this grinder works great. There was a small amount of assembly required out of the box but was very simple to take care of. For me this grinder has plenty of speed and holds the speed for what I use it for. I have elected to not attach it to my work bench so I can move it around if I want. With the rubber pads that are on the bottom, it stays in place very well for my use. If you are doing a lot of heaver grinding you may prefer to bolt it down. I am very happy with this grinder.
excellent for the money...much better construction than others i've seen. All the power I could use. The rubber feet are decent feature. The light is somewhat useful, but not completely, because of its location on machine. Overall a great tool.
I bought this as a replacement and am very happy with it.
This Skil grinder replaced my old grinder of 20+ years. I changed out one of the stone wheels with a wire wheel and it serves my purposes completely
Small but all you need. Just wish the tool rests would be able to match my tools bevels
this product is affordable and useful. My only disappointment is that I have not found any felt polishing wheels for this grinder which is why I bought it. I should have looked into the product more before buying to see what attachments where available.
I bought this bench top grinder to replace another. This one performs just as good as my last one of 23 years. I replaced one of the stones with a wire brush wheel and it's just great for my purposes.
I like the over-all design butt, when i tried to put a ( fine brass ) wire wheel on it, I had to shim both sides to make it fit in the middle and after that it rubbed on each side and had a hard time to start ,so i just put it back the way it was. the LED LIGHTING GREAT FEATURE .
The guards get in my way when I'm sharpening my mattock and there isn't a way to move them far without getting out a wrench and screwdriver to disconnect them and then let them hang. This is a sturdy grinder and I love the low price for the high quality. I would definitely buy this again and I'll just have to find a workaround when I'm sharpening my bigger things.
I bough this grinder afew weeks ago and it is quite and dose the job that it was made for.
Two months ago I bought your grinder. Didn't use it right away but assembled it. Yesterday I decided to put an edge on my axe, but as soon as I turned it on it immediately acted erratic and started to throw sparks. My failure analysis identified the grinding wheel had split in half and took out two of the screws holding the cover in place. The wheel has an id no. and it was made in China. Should I return the whole grinder or should I just ask for parts replacement?