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Hi! First time poster here so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place for this question.

 

Has anyone had any dealings with Fucina Forges? They make a series of belt grinders that look decent to me but I wanted to get some more experienced opinions.

 

I'm looking to upgrade from my workplaces powerfist 1x30 combination sander and am pretty interested in this package for the time being, until I can afford and keep a space for a 2x72. Have a look and let me know your thoughts!

 

https://fucina-forges.com/products/1x30-belt-grinder-230v-50hz-1hp-motor-with-motor-speed-controller

 

Thanks in advance!

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Not a company I've heard of, but looking at their other products it appears they just make objects shaped like other known objects regardless of actual functionality.  Their forges and burners look like well-polished crap, in other words.  For the price they want for that 1x30, you can save up twice that and get a decent 2x72 unless you insist on variable speed.  Speaking of which, the VFDs they show are not sealed, and as such will stop working if exposed to fine metal dust.  

 

While I am impressed with the idea of a 1hp 1x30, the rate at which you'd go through those little belts will eventually cost more than a real 2x72.  If you've never used a real grinder you'd never know, and they're counting on that.  

 

You can certainly do better, just have patience, learn to use files, and avoid anyone who sells forge-shaped objects that come with a single layer of uncoated wool and loose firebricks.  ;)

 

Oh, and welcome aboard!  

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On 9/12/2020 at 6:56 AM, Alan Longmire said:

Not a company I've heard of, but looking at their other products it appears they just make objects shaped like other known objects regardless of actual functionality.  Their forges and burners look like well-polished crap, in other words.  For the price they want for that 1x30, you can save up twice that and get a decent 2x72 unless you insist on variable speed.  Speaking of which, the VFDs they show are not sealed, and as such will stop working if exposed to fine metal dust.  

 

While I am impressed with the idea of a 1hp 1x30, the rate at which you'd go through those little belts will eventually cost more than a real 2x72.  If you've never used a real grinder you'd never know, and they're counting on that.  

 

You can certainly do better, just have patience, learn to use files, and avoid anyone who sells forge-shaped objects that come with a single layer of uncoated wool and loose firebricks.  ;)

 

Oh, and welcome aboard!  

Thanks! haha yeah I wasn't very impressed with what they were offering for forges! I figured I was used to using a 1x30 and could deal for a while but that's a really good point with the VFD. I'm just eager to own a grinder of my own! :P

 

I guess I can save up and wait a little longer, but do you have any advice on 2x72 setups for when the time comes? I find buying a chassis and tooling and motors seperately rather intimidating and suppliers seem to charge a mint to offer them all from the same place.

 

Thanks again! I'm stoked to be a part of this community!

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Take a look at Coote grinders.   You will have to purchase a separate motor and they're not quite as flexible as a KMG but I have one and it works well for me.

 

Doug

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