FS...Rockwell Toolmaker grinder
Close
Login to Your Account
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 22
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Milwaukee, WI
    Posts
    791
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    16
    Likes (Received)
    61

    Default FS...Rockwell Toolmaker grinder

    Toolmaker surface and tool grinder for sale. Older model with rear drive and HEAVY cast iron base. Completely disassembled but complete with exception of the cast motor cover. Was in good running condition when torn down for cleaning and paint. Project stalled and it is in the way now. Ways have some wear but spindle is in good shape and runs smooth. Put together and use as is or do a little cleanup and have a great, versatile machine. Specially balanced 220V 3-phase motor and comes with one wheel hub and a pile of stones to get started with. I just want it gone so pricing aggressively at $300 as is. Parts are worth much more than that if you want to part it out. Base would be great for a mini-mill. 5x10 magnet available to buyer for additional $75. Looks like the one in the picture. Located a 15 minutes North of Milwaukee. Will not ship. may be willing to break up.
    77090-38ad3a672bc3235ac945e091c369e395.jpg

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Hi:
    I am interested in your grinder. Please post a couple of pictures of the actual grinder parts and magnet.
    Thank you!
    George

  3. Likes michiganbuck liked this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,938
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3356
    Likes (Received)
    3559

    Default

    George, That looks like a very nice , small foot print grinder..
    Buck

  5. Likes GeorgeM liked this post
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Hi Buck:
    I don't have a lot of room and a small surface grinder is hard to find.
    George

  7. Likes michiganbuck liked this post
  8. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,938
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3356
    Likes (Received)
    3559

    Default

    Ask the right questions ..Do the spindle bearing seem Ok.. Does it make a nice grind?
    Can it grind a flat part? Agree just his opinion but at least something. See if he will throw in the chuck, or $50
    You might take it off the legs to set better on a trailer, Wrap it up tight. Try to pick it up on a not raining time.

    Make a nice road trip of it , perhaps staying over night, and going to a show/game or something..

    You can pull the wheel guard face and do drills and end mill ends..with a simple home made fixture.

    Crib and tie it off well so it can't roll if you slam on the breaks.
    Take some extra money , likely he has other stuff.
    Do your own due diligence .. don't blame me if its not up to par

  9. Likes mllud22, GeorgeM liked this post
  10. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Hi Buck:

    Thanks of the tips! I have a bunch of straps and traps. If it works out, I get a surface grinder and my wife gets a vacation. Last time I did this I picked up a Harrison 10AA in Pittsburgh and my wife got to go see a bunch of museums. She still talks about the trip, Win - Win!!!
    George

  11. Likes michiganbuck liked this post
  12. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Beaverdam, Virginia
    Posts
    7,237
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    601
    Likes (Received)
    3391

    Default

    I always dreaded putting something back together someone else took apart, good luck to whomever buys it.

  13. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Cary, NC
    Posts
    151
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    78
    Likes (Received)
    32

    Default

    I'm not interested in the grinder, but I own one and I just want to put this here for those who might be interested and see the "putting back together" as a potential problem.

    Do not fret, it's an extremely simply built machine. Don't get me wrong, everything is built well and stout. But the number of parts is very limited and it is pretty obvious where everything belongs. There is a bunch of places with exploded view of the the machine and parts. There is also a Yahoo group for this machine. It's not very active, but it is active enough that if you ask a question, it will be answered within a day or 2.

    I'm not an expert on the machine by any stretch of the imagination, but, as I said, I own one that was extremely dirty when I got it. I took it all apart and I only started to put it back together like 6 years later. It took all of a Saturday morning I think, no big deal.

    Good luck to the seller.

    Jacques

  14. Likes M.B. Naegle liked this post
  15. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Beaverdam, Virginia
    Posts
    7,237
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    601
    Likes (Received)
    3391

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jariou View Post
    I'm not interested in the grinder, but I own one and I just want to put this here for those who might be interested and see the "putting back together" as a potential problem.
    Just my personal experience on putting something back together others took apart. On friend who I bailed out a lot on jobs and he always had a "project" I would call a reckless hack. He often broke things taking them apart and stripped out fasteners. Another was an elderly friend who was had memory issues and refused help until he had created a major disaster. He was an airplane mechanic in the service for 20 years, but father time did not treat his mind well when he hit his 60's.

  16. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Texas
    Posts
    2,030
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    1373
    Likes (Received)
    872

    Default

    I actually just picked up one of these last night in similar dis-assembly state. Looks a bit rougher than the OP, but it seems to be all there. I think it was apart before the guy I got it from had it.

    These grinders are perfect for a small home shop, but I think they get taken apart for even easier mobility. I had to use my engine hoist to get the base casting out of the pick-up bed, but once it was on the ground it could be muscled around. I think the hoist would move the whole assembly just fine though.

  17. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,938
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3356
    Likes (Received)
    3559

    Default

    George,
    wrap it up tight is no only to keep road dust out... It is to save the screws and parts that might fall o
    I once saw a surface grinder top/table with mag chuck on the side of 8 Mile road..
    Yes I left it there with hopes the guy might come back...

  18. Likes M.B. Naegle liked this post
  19. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Well, a wise man once said, "anything for free is worth saving up for". It's not free, but about 10 years I dive in up to my ears. Gzig5 said he would email me a couple of pictures and I will go from there. I have a very small shop where I do stuff part time until I retire. I have just about enough room for it so if it looks OK I am in. I appreciate all the posts. One of these days I may have enough posts to not be Plastic.

  20. Likes mllud22 liked this post
  21. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Michigan
    Posts
    9,938
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3356
    Likes (Received)
    3559

    Default

    Small machine like that one can practice scraping.
    I have a small KoLee TC grinder that I have had for a long time but never checked it for being square and flat..Guess it likely would take little time to make it dead on..

    Yes for much/most TC work a machine does not need high precision.
    Last edited by michiganbuck; 04-03-2019 at 05:20 PM.

  22. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    My son the mechanical engineer said much the same thing this morning! He said I haven't scraped anything since he was born and it will be a good machine to re-learn on. LOL!

  23. Likes michiganbuck liked this post
  24. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Missouri
    Posts
    778
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    665
    Likes (Received)
    217

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeM View Post
    Well, a wise man once said, "anything for free is worth saving up for". It's not free, but about 10 years I dive in up to my ears. Gzig5 said he would email me a couple of pictures and I will go from there. I have a very small shop where I do stuff part time until I retire. I have just about enough room for it so if it looks OK I am in. I appreciate all the posts. One of these days I may have enough posts to not be Plastic.
    Those parts will show you where they go. Basket cases are a weakness of mine.
    The biggest was a skid steer with a blown engine skattered all over a cluttered garage.
    $2,500 for basket case. Sick to my stomach about what I did the next morning.
    $5,500 later it ran. $13,000 average used price. I had a fresh engine.
    I dont look at my labor but should count it, but wont admit to how much.
    Twelve years later I still use it. I had to make it run because my wife was watching. Not small change.
    I have failed at reassembling more than one bargain because of missing parts or a lost cause.
    A weakness maybe. Faith in your ability will make you or break you. Its helps you get acquainted with the machine.
    I'll just say I also agree with the wise men that avoid these projects. I can't stop myself.

  25. Likes M.B. Naegle, mjk, n2zon liked this post
  26. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Kansas
    Posts
    277
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    65
    Likes (Received)
    123

    Default

    If it's an easy assembly why can't the OP be bothered to do it? Sounds fishy to me. Assembled it would have some value. In pieces not

  27. #17
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Hi:
    I have been wearing my "big boy pants" for about 50 years so I can handle it. I have talked Gzig5 and looked at the 10 pictures he sent me and made a deal. Best case I end up with a nice surface grinder that fits in my shop. The worst case is I am in the used parts business. The real up side is, my wife is excited to go see the Harley Museum, my 78 year old buddy (mold maker for 49 years) is excited to help me scrape it in and my son is excited about the project too. It looks like a win - win for me! Better odds then the casino and I have spent more money for a lot smaller return in satisfaction!
    George

  28. #18
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    2,136
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    270
    Likes (Received)
    183

    Default

    I bought one of these some years ago. On cleaning it up I saw the underside of the table ways were obviously worn concave for about 12”. Surprisingly it still grinds flat. I have squared up a number of badly worn Kurt vises with it.

  29. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Country
    UNITED STATES
    State/Province
    Minnesota
    Posts
    55
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    3
    Likes (Received)
    27

    Default

    Hi:
    I picked up my grinder 4-22-19. Very happy with the deal, Greg was very good to work with and a huge help loading on my truck. Would gladly buy from him again.
    George

  30. Likes mllud22, michiganbuck liked this post
  31. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Ohio USA
    Posts
    209
    Post Thanks / Like
    Likes (Given)
    63
    Likes (Received)
    20

    Default

    I believe that I have one of these grinders that I would sell also if anyone else is looking for one. May or may not be the exact same model but similar if not. It was part of a package deal and I don't really have a need as I have a slightly larger Doall. I just recently moved it from my shop to a different building up on a rack. Could probably snap a pic or two if there is any interest. I have never ran it but I believe it was still being used when I got it.

    Jeff


Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •