They didn't have work and I got today and friday off (I am a part time worker in a machine shop).
This critique is for those that may intend to buy a Model 46727 lathe tool grinder and considering it only lists for about $165 you get what you pay for. This is to make you aware of the faults I found and should be corrected.
My tool grinder came this morning and after lunch I took it out of the box and began the assembly. The box as shipped weighed 100lb. The Fed Ex delivered it.
Before I put the grinder together I turned it on. It had a slight squeal in the bearings so I taped the housing with a soft hammer to center the bearings in the bores and the squeal stopped.
Next I tried the cast metal quadrant parts on the side of the grinder and found them to be a poor fit. The castings were also somewhat warped. It was necessary to open the slot where the locking handle fits with a die grinder and a bur. It was also necessary to dress the slots where the plastic pins slide in the quadrants to adjust the table angle with the die grinder and a square ended bur. I also found the sides of the quadrants were not flat or at a 90 deg angle so it was off to the belt/disc sander to dress them up. I also scraped the paint off the area where the table sets on the quadrants. I ran a lathe file over the top of the table and found one table to have high spots on one edge that I filed off to get the table flat.
I then assembled all the parts and tried it out. Before grinding I dressed both wheels. They are very hard and will need constant dressing as they glaze over quick. I pulled one of the wheels to see what grade it is but could not read the printing on the wheel. They appear to be some form of white wheel of hard composition. I then ground some carbide lathe tools and some HHS lathe tools. Both ground ok but I don't like the grade of wheel and will be getting replacement wheels later on.
I am not a perfectionist but I am a fanatic about doing something right and having my tools and machines in very good working form. I usually completely check over and disassemble, repair or revise any machines or tools I buy to get them to the best working condition posible. It pays in the long run for me as I then have confidence in what I am doing and what I produce and that the tool/machine will perform as expected. This seems to be a good grinder and having used some of the more expensive brands of these grinders for years in job shops I feel good about the HF grinder for me.
edit: I got mine on sale for the $130 price also.