View Full Version : Piano Magnetico?

01-06-2012, 12:18 PM
Someone local is selling a Piano Magnetico surface grinder. I've been unable to find any information on these at all. The seller doesn't seem to know anything about it. I've been wanting a surface grinder for a while, but they've just been too pricey. I can swing the $500 they're asking, but I have no idea if this machine is worth anything, much less $500.

01-06-2012, 12:31 PM
"Piano magnetico" translates to Magnetic Chuck so that isn't the brand name. You better look at the machine to look for tags.


01-06-2012, 01:28 PM
Thanks for the info. When I said the seller was "local" that was just relatively speaking, they're actually about a 2-hour drive away. I'd really like to get some kind of idea of what I'm dealing with before investing that kind of time. Here are some photos and I've asked the seller to send some more of any badges, labels, etc.

http://images.craigslist.org/5G25Ke5Hb3Gf3Je3N8c15d19b67b5eb8a1986.jpg http://images.craigslist.org/5Ie5K15M43G13J33H9c15a4e1967437d81d7c.jpg

http://images.craigslist.org/5N75G55F63nb3Je3Hdc154b4e55a4af971877.jpg http://images.craigslist.org/5Gf5Ke5Hb3G43m03Jac15ad497973ad971d76.jpg

01-06-2012, 02:05 PM
Looks like a Rockwell Toolmaker, there's a Yahoo Group for them which may have more info:


The motor cover is missing in the picture.

It's heavier than it looks but it comes apart nicely into parts that make it easier to move. I bought one and moved it in a Ford Explorer.

01-06-2012, 05:31 PM
Aww come on, Who'd want that, Its a round collumn surface grinder! :P

For S/H i'll take it off your hands, No hazordist waste disposal fees needed! :P

Bill Graham
01-06-2012, 09:14 PM
Looks like it's missing quite a few guards, covers, etc. Probably doesn't have the original, balanced motor.

I think it's a priced quite a bit high; thinking more around the $150-$200 range.

01-07-2012, 11:31 AM
Precision machine tool, relegated to garage (probably unheated), crap piled around it, "refinished" in safety orange spray paint, missing how many parts, seller apparently knows little about it. Go in person, cash in hand, ready to remove, offer realistic low price ($200?). Be ready to point out all its flaws.