Its a polar bear forge grinder in a box 2.0 it is a kit. I had planned to fan my own but the cost to time ratio didn't make sense compared to Jamie's offering. I think I paid 290 with shipping. Doesn't include wheels or a motor.Craig, so I remember this thread when it first started and I honestly did not read every word of the thread, so got to ask! Did you buy this grinder of make it from scratch??? So not sure if I am looking at a clone of the Bader or a new model. Either way it is looking sweet so far!
I remember looking at KenH's aluminum KMG clone and saying, I like that I built my own clone, if I had it too do over I would build something closer to TW90 becuase it will rotate on its side. Before I could blink KenH grabs his and smiles, "like this"!!! He has his mounted on a plate with a hinge and the whole machine rolls over 90*. Sometimes simple is so simple it is over looked by the brain! :what!: [emoji3]
Looking good will have to check back more often!!
I won't say its anything to do with your kit. Because truthfully I am not sure if the problems I had were user error or not.Looks good to me! What are you not thrilled with?
Could be. But like I said I am inexperienced with tapping so I could have been the problem. I adapted and overcame.I'm wondering if you had trouble tapping the holes because of the laser cut parts (it is laser'd, right?). On blade steel, I had holes and edges that were super hard. The heat from the laser hardened about a 0.025" deep everywhere it touched. Not sure if mild steel should have reacted the same, but...?
Looking good brother. I'm not putting the blame on Jamie at all.I just finished my GIB 2.0 with the exception of the motor and VFD and had no problems tapping (10 holes total). Just had to take it slow, cut a 1/8 to 1/4 of a thread, back the tap off to clear shavings and then another cut. So on and so on. Can't wait to get her finished.
Thanks! One of my main goals was to keep it afforadable....
I had a bear of a time getting things tapped. In fact the only hole I didn't give up on was for the adjustment screw for the tracking wheel.
Other than that my only other critiques would be that ,although its not a difficult build, a set of instructions should be available and a more complete list for hardware needed.
a good tapping oil like RapidTap makes a difference. use a lot. get a good quality made in USA or england tap. take it slow.
I did use tap magic. And my taps were not of the highest quality which may have lent to the issue. Either way I love the way the GIB turned out. I'm very glad I went this route.+1 on the Rapid Tap.