New old bench grinder

Over the holidays my father gave me an old bench grinder he had in the basement. The thing was not in great shape, but it’s a tool I certainly needed. My dad is one of those guys that always seems to have an extra [whatever you are looking for]. I’ve got a battery charger that came to me the same way.

Here’s what the bench grinder looked like when I got it:

Bench grinder: Before
Bench grinder: Before

It’s a Wen Model 1030 with a 1/3 horse power motor. You may no know it, but Wen is a real American company. They’ve been making tools since 1951 and are still around (located in Elgin, IL). This specific model, the cost $60 back in 1974 (you could drop an additional $10 to get the model with an included work light). Looks like you can still get into a 6″ grinder with work lights for $70. I think the old ones look better:

Bench grinder: After
Bench grinder: After

I swapped one wheel for a buffer. The one I have, though, is too small, and sits too close to the housing so I’ll be adding in some spacers and a larger wheel when I get a chance. I’m pretty pleased with the result, though. Here’s one more set of before/after:

Bench grinder: Before
Bench grinder: Before
Bench grinder: After
Bench grinder: After

Could be better (work light, painted, etc.), but it’s great for now.

Update:

I just went to the Wen site and registered the grinder… we’ll see if I get a response.

7 Replies to “New old bench grinder”

  1. Cleaned up, that grinder looks 100% . Honestly, I have never before seen a bench grinder with a ‘stealth fighter’ polygonal housing like that. I’ll have to bring over a can of Gibbs so you can keep the housing all nice and shiny.

  2. Heh. So far, it’s been the magic of WD-40 and elbow grease… and I’m pretty sure the WD-40 did most of the work. Was thinking of blacking the background of the model information, and adding a work light. I’m pretty sure that screw on top is there specifically to hold the light. Mike talked me out of trying to put a speed controller on it, and I’m glad he did.

    It’s funny how every little project wants to be a bigger one… Gotta focus!

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