H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Sep 27, 2014
are they any good
Sometimes with small parts, it is faster to stroke the table by hand, as when using the power feeds, the shortest stroke on automatic may be about 4", if you are sharpening the end of a 1/4" punch, that is a lot of overrun and wasted time. The man who gave me my B&S MicroMaster 6X18 with all power feeds kept four other manual machines, also all B&S for punch and die sharpening, I assume for that reason.It also depends on what you are grinding. If it is a small piece, say 1x1", doing it manually is not such a big deal compared to cranking back and forth on work that fills the 6x18" work surface. Even on small parts, the automatic machines shine, there is a hand lever where you can reverse the power feed manually, and effortlessly, just by gently switching it back and forth as the grinder clears the work, leaving the other hand to control the down feed and the cross feed. Even with the power feeds a finish pass might be done by hand.