Belt Grinder Survey

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
I think you need to rethink your survey. It's very unrealistic in terms of numbers, and the part that asks how much someone would pay for a grinder isn't just a dollar figure..... the money that most would say they'd spend, would depend on many things, from build quality to features.

Even if a person were to/is building their own grinder, $600 wouldn't come close to paying for all the parts (that means a motor and any controller too. To build, even if a person scrounged and scrimped, you're still $1k+ for a finished, single speed, ready to use grinder.

To purchase a commercial machine, that includes a motor, and is ready to use out of the box, is more like $1,500+ at the bottom end.
 

MTBob

Well-Known Member
Good afternoon! I am a business student and for a project, I have to come up with a product to produce. I also have a passion for knife making so I decided to make belt grinders!

https://forms.gle/Tby7YNk59ADB6Tk79 - here is the link to a google survey. Thank you for any participation!
I applaud your direction and interest. But, I suggest you need a bit more focus on what your thinking of building. There are a LOT of grinder sizes and shapes and designs. Most grinders in the knife making world are defined by the belts they use - 2x72, 4x36, 1x30, 1x42...etc. All of those can be used for knife making. But, the grinder designs and features vary considerably. You need to study the variations in design and list what it is your requirements are.
Then, are you asking about building a grinder from uncut steel, or are you thinking of building a grinder from pre-cut pieces and then welded or bolted together? Do you want variable speed? If so, how do you achieve the speed change?
Before you ask any more questions regarding price, you need to specify what it is you are wanting to build. It's kind of like saying "I want to build a boat" without knowing anything more. Depending on the buyer price may, or may not, be a driving factor in purchasing a grinder.
Don't be discouraged by these comments, you will find a great number of people on this forum willing to help you. But, you've got to take this inquiry seriously and think about what it is you are asking.
 

Valcandestr0yer

New Member
I applaud your direction and interest. But, I suggest you need a bit more focus on what your thinking of building. There are a LOT of grinder sizes and shapes and designs. Most grinders in the knife making world are defined by the belts they use - 2x72, 4x36, 1x30, 1x42...etc. All of those can be used for knife making. But, the grinder designs and features vary considerably. You need to study the variations in design and list what it is your requirements are.
Then, are you asking about building a grinder from uncut steel, or are you thinking of building a grinder from pre-cut pieces and then welded or bolted together? Do you want variable speed? If so, how do you achieve the speed change?
Before you ask any more questions regarding price, you need to specify what it is you are wanting to build. It's kind of like saying "I want to build a boat" without knowing anything more. Depending on the buyer price may, or may not, be a driving factor in purchasing a grinder.
Don't be discouraged by these comments, you will find a great number of people on this forum willing to help you. But, you've got to take this inquiry seriously and think about what it is you are asking.
im not discouraged at all! quite the opposite actually. This is very insightful and really helps me out for any further research into any further business venture!
 
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