How to Pick the Right Bench Grinder

Posted by Penn Tool Co., Inc on 2nd Feb 2023

How to Pick the Right Bench Grinder

How to Pick the Right Bench Grinder

As a business owner, you know the importance of having the right tools for your machine shop. One essential tool is a bench grinder that allows you to sharpen, buff, and clean metal objects with speed and efficiency.

However, with so many different types of grinders on the market, it can be difficult to find the perfect one for your needs. In this article, the machine tool experts at Penn Tool Co. consider everything you must know to find the best grinder for your shop.

We’ll describe the kind of grinders that are available and the features that you should consider. Discover how you can find the best bench grinder for your operations, below.

What are the Different Types of Grinders?

There are at least 14 unique types of grinding machines available for machine shops. These include:

  1. Bench Grinder
  2. Flexible Grinding Machine
  3. Hand Grinder
  4. Pedestal Grinding Machine
  5. Portable Grinder
  6. Precision Grinding Machine
    1. Centreless Grinder
    2. Cylindrical Grinding Machine
    3. Form Grinder
    4. Internal Grinding Machine
    5. Plunge-Cut Grinder
    6. Surface Grinding Machine
    7. Tools-and-Cutting Grinder
    8. Universal Grinding Machine

Bench Grinder Wheel Types

There are at least 4 unique types of abrasive wheels available for your grinding machines. These include:

  • Aluminum Oxide
  • Ceramic/Aluminum Oxide
  • Cubic Boron Nitride
  • Silicon Carbide

Bench Grinder Review: How to Find the Best Bench Grinder for You

Finding the best heavy duty bench grinder for your machine shop can be a challenge. With so many models on the market, it’s hard to know which one is right for you and your needs.

To empower you to make an informed decision, we’ve put together this list of the top bench grinders in three categories:

  • Best Overall
  • Best for the Money
  • Best Tool Sharpening System

Best Bench Grinder

Precise 6

The Precise Carbide Tool Grinder with 6″ Wheel Diameter has a range of features that make it stand out from the competition. It has a powerful 1/2 HP motor that runs at 3,450 RPM, allowing it to grind through carbide and HSS materials with ease.

The heavy-duty, cast-iron base provides maximum stability and durability, even under high-torque loads. It features two 80-grit, silicon carbide grinding wheels.

With these two wheels combined, you will have the versatility to tackle any job, no matter how tough it may be. Both wheels offer excellent performance, providing ultra-smooth cuts and finishes while reducing heat buildup during extended use periods.

Best Bench Grinder for the Money


This JET 8″ Variable Speed Industrial Buffer is one of the best bench grinders on the market. It offers a versatile and powerful grinding solution at an affordable price.

The heavy-duty buffer is designed to provide a consistent, smooth finish on all types of metals. With speeds ranging from 900 to 3,600 RPM, it can handle everything from soft metals like aluminum or brass to hard materials like stainless steel or titanium.

Best Bench Grinder Sharpening System

Knuth Universal Workshop Multi-Grinding Machine - 102781

This Knuth Universal Workshop Multi-Grinding Machine is the best bench grinder sharpening system of 2023. It’s the perfect solution for any machine shop owner looking for a versatile and reliable sharpening system.

The unit is capable of tool and die construction, design processes, laboratory operations, mechanical production, and even training. It enables external and internal cylindrical grinding, taper grinding, and tool grinding.

Find the Right Bench Grinder for Your Shop at Penn Tool Co.

To find the best bench grinders for your operations, reach out to our team today.