by Bader, Travis Wuertz, AMK Tactical, Reeder Products, Northridge Tool, and many
others. I liked Reeder the best based on overall value. It seemed like you get a lot of
grinder for a very reasonable price. Two things kept holding me back, the hinges, and the
all aluminum construction.
I ended up taking the ABS blade-smithing class in Arkansas, and lo and behold one of the
grinders available for us to use was the Reeder Products 2×72 belt grinder. The coolest
thing was that there were grinders there from Bader, KMG, Uncle Al’s, and Burr King. So
not only did I get the use the Reeder, I got to compare it to a bunch of other grinders. For
me the Reeder was the hands down winner. Silk smooth, perfect tracking adjustments,
and super simple to operate. The machine was very stable and vibration free. So much for
being worried about hinges and aluminum construction.
After returning home from the class I placed my order for the Reeder Grinder. I already had
the motor and the VFD so I purchased the base unit with the 5″ drive wheel and the two 2″
platen wheels. It comes with a flat platen, work rest, 2 tooling arms, and of course the
grinder. I also ordered the knife sharpening attachment and the hollow grind fixture. The
site says that it will take several weeks for delivery, but I got mine in about a week and a
Setup was super easy, however I would recommend buying the stand for it if you want
to use the grinder in the horizontal position. I had to cut a hole in my workbench. The
grinder runs quite well on the 1.5 HP motor that I had purchased on EBAY. It handles
everything that I need it to. One of the really cool things that you can do with this grinder is
run it in reverse for sharpening knives. The knife sharpener attachment works well and the
tracking wheel has two different adjustment points to allow the belt to track properly
when running in reverse. The guys at Reeder have really put a lot of thought and
engineering into this product. It’s not just a copy of every other grinder.
After owning the grinder for almost a year now the aluminum construction has actually
become a benefit. No RUST!, and the lighter weight of the aluminum accessories makes a
difference after long hours of grinding.
All in all a great 2×72 belt grinder and a great value. I just ordered the rotary platen and the
surface grinder attachment, I will update the article when I have some feedback for you.
Just wanted to let you know how satisfied I am with your grinder.
I have been using it for over a year now, and have built 7 knives with it so far.
Using the flat platen for flat grinding.
Just recently ordered a 8" wheel and will be hollow grinding also.
I like the ease of belt changing, faster than my wilton grinder. The smooth vibration free
operation is pleasant.
Saving up for the surface grinding attachment, hopefully this year, this will help on my
damascus billets after forging tremendously.
Sending a few pictures of knives built on the reeder grinder
One a stainless san mai, and the other a twisted damascus hunter
Thanks again for a great product