Buying First Belt Grinder - Help

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  1. RedWolf4


    Oct 20, 2019
    Hey all,

    Just getting into knife making, looking to purchase a good belt grinder. I've checked the forums and basically everywhere else online, and the general consensus I'm getting is that there are lots of good options available. I can't seem to make up my mind. Also - I'm definitely not interested in building a grinder, I would like to buy one.

    Some companies that I've seen and look like they might work for me include Bader, Reeder, and KMG grinders. (Just listing a few that I've read good things about, obviously open to other brands/options).

    I'm looking for a 2x72 that can easily fit different accessories (ex. concave grinding wheel, flat grinding jig, bevel/angle rest).

    My budget is ideally under $2,500 USD all in (including additional wheels, parts, etc., but I am somewhat flexible. I also live in Ontario, Canada, so ideally a product that ships from the Northeast US rather than the south or southwest would be ideal to save on what looks like pretty large shipping costs.

    At the end of the day though I want a good quality grinder that will last so if I need to spend a little more, feel free to educate me. Thanks
  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    Pheer 454 is a good one to look at.
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  3. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Take a good look at the Reeder. Excellent grinder.
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  4. Ken H>

    Ken H>

    Dec 31, 2011
    Where I looking to buy a commercial 2X72 grinder the Reeder would certainly be my choice
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  5. WhitleyStu

    WhitleyStu Keep'em scary sharp!!! Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 8, 2006
    Had an older KMG then upgraded to a new Reeder with accessories last year. I am very pleased with the quality and operation of the Reeder 2x72 and dealing with Don and Greg Reeder was a great experience.
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  6. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    I was in the same boat as you. This Ameribrade was my choice. Slipjoints and smaller knives are what I'll be making. All in around $2200 shipped. Should be here in another week or so I hope!

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  7. CasePeanut

    CasePeanut Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2018
    Jason, what led you to chose the Ameribrade over some of the other options?
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  8. Signalprick

    Signalprick Jason Ritchie Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 3, 2009
    I got everything I wanted to get started right at my budget so.......$$$. ;)
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  9. downsizingnow48

    downsizingnow48 Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 25, 2014
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  10. Aidenag


    Apr 16, 2009
    Not factoring in budget, the grinders i like the most would be the Tw90(i own this one), Northridge, Broderick, and most recently the Iron Creek Grinder, which im drooling over as it looks to possibly be the new king of grinders.

    For more budget that Reeder does seem really solid, same with a lot of other choices now. Things really have changed from just 7 or 8 years ago when your options were basically KMG, Burr, and the Tw90
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  11. Willie71

    Willie71 Warren J. Krywko. Part Time Knifemaker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 23, 2013
    I would go with Northridge if I was going turnkey. That or the TW90.
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  12. Cliff Carter Knives

    Cliff Carter Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 30, 2011
    Pheer 454 is an excellent machine, priced right and can run with the bigger name brands. Plus, Jose is so easy to work with and his customer service is top notch.

    Went through the same process as you and looked at a dozen different brands. Ended up with the pheer and I love it.
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  13. AI2


    Feb 3, 2019
    I live in Ontario as well, and I'm currently putting together my belt grinder. I can tell you, for $2500, that's a really large budget to work with. You can PM me if you want some tips sourcing parts in your area. Could save you a lot of money.
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