View Full Version : Rusty ole Brightool grinder...

05-05-2004, 03:36 AM
Last spring I was brushing up on my math at a local community college when I noticed a poor dilapidated tool grinder left out to suffer the elements alone. I inquired and got the run around...but recently got an e-mail that the woodworking dept. needed to get rid of it.

In the condition it is in I should have been paid to haul it...but I gave $100 to support the woodworking department. I don't know much about grinding or grinders...but I assume I will when I get through with this poor machine. I look at it more as a casting kit.

I haven't found any info. on Brightool...I found a Bright Engineering in Pakistan. It looks like the machine started life in Canada. Here are some pics...my kids wanted to get in on the tool gloat too. At least they didn't pay for theirs!(but their tools appear to be from Harbor Freight)

Any info. on the machine (or if you can tell from the pics that it is missing major parts) is appreciated.




Mike W
05-05-2004, 04:59 AM
Hmmmmn......you need to start a thread titled...can I save this Bright Tool?

I may start one called.....can I save this lathe? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Paul Gauthier
05-05-2004, 10:43 AM
Dosen't look all that bad for having sat outside. It appears as thought the vertical piece holding the chuck support is non-factory, perhaps made by a previous owner. Do you have a pic of the other side of the chuck support???
Cute kids. Sometimes I wish mine were that young still.

Paul G.

05-06-2004, 02:27 AM
Thanks for the reply I'll get a pic tomorrow...I seem to have nuked the one I took. It looks like the upright and support are OEM, but the previous owner has replaced the the OEM lead screw w/ some all-thread with a nut on top to turn it instead of a machine handle. The main lead screw has been replaced w/ all-thread as well but the OEM screw was in the cabinet and seems in good shape...the nuts for both slides have been modified to work with the all thread by welding hardware store nuts to the lead nuts.

Do you have experience with this machine?

Paul Gauthier
05-06-2004, 10:37 AM
No sorry I don't, just going by your pics.

Paul G.