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Recommendation? KMG MOAG or TW90

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by gruntinhusaybah, Nov 14, 2018.

  1. WhitleyStu

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

    679
    Dec 8, 2006
    One other option... I was going back and forth between a TW90 and a Reeder. The Reeder also has the horizontal feature. Went with the Reeder as they have a dedicated table available for their grinder. Very happy with the Reeder and the lower price. Also, Greg & Don Reeder are great to work with.
     
  2. Augus7us

    Augus7us

    687
    Oct 9, 2014
    Thanks Drew, I knew someone would remember lol.

    -Clint
     
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  3. gruntinhusaybah

    gruntinhusaybah KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2006
    The Reeder definitely looks interesting. Though all the adjustments seem overly fussy to me. All the videos he spends as much time looking for all the different allen wrenches as he does any actual adjusting.

    Is that the case or just the impression from the videos?
     
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  4. gruntinhusaybah

    gruntinhusaybah KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2006
    Yessir. Well aware of all of that, this thread is specific to grinder and that budget is what I am saving for a grinder and attachments only.

    I've been making them with a forge, cheapy drill press, angle grinder, files and sandpaper.
    I've got a list of tools I want, made a budget for each and will get them in order of priority.
     
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  5. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    I've been grinding blades for 35+ years and have 4 grinders now. But am fixing to order a TW90.
     
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  6. mike-E

    mike-E

    374
    Mar 2, 2013
    I completely understand not being interested in anymore Beaumont products. They have left a bad taste in lots of people's mouths. I was just referring to them using steel tracking and platen wheels in place of aluminum.
     
  7. J. Hoffman

    J. Hoffman

    Jan 1, 2011
    I had never heard of the MOAG before, so I was excited to click the link and see what improvements KMG made to their grinder to help it compete with the others. Come to find out, no improvements, just a bunch of stuff. This is kind of like buying the GIANT set of Cutco knives that has 56 different kitchen knives, but you really only use 3 of those knives on a regular basis. You could have gotten three nice knives for less money. I have a TW90 and a couple of Burr Kings. I've ground on many different machines, and the TW90 is the nicest one I've used. Granted I have not used the Outlaw that I hear raves about. Some features I like about the TW90: Tracks off of drive wheel. Tracking is solid as can be and the belt just plain stays put. The ratcheting tension is huge bonus when using different types of belts. You can run a J-Flex pretty lose for handle shaping. The wheels on the platen are contact wheels. You can use them for grinding. I can't tell you the number of times that has come in handy. You will not be sorry with a TW90.
     
  8. Rhinoknives1

    Rhinoknives1 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 1, 2013
    Ok, I really don’t see any improvement using steel for the wheels ———————????YMMV?????
     
  9. gruntinhusaybah

    gruntinhusaybah KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jan 1, 2006
    Does the new KMG TX have anyone second guessing their advice?
     
  10. Busto

    Busto KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 26, 2011
    No second guessing here...One KMG with issues was enough for me....TW-90 and not looking back!:thumbsup:
     
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  11. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    No Sir!
     
  12. 12345678910

    12345678910

    Jul 13, 2009
    Don, if I had your money I think I'd already have two !
     
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