I am looking at buying a bench grinder to convert to a polisher. I
can’t afford a polishing motor from the jeweller’s supplies store and
so a grinder is really my only option. I am wanting to get a higher
end grinder (which is still substantially cheaper than a polisher). I
have been advised by a couple of local trades tools suppliers that my
best option is a 10" Abbott and Ashby grinder. I was told that they
are a higher quality machine than most of the others and are made in
England as opposed to the others being made in various Asian
countries. (I assume the point being made there was that there is
higher quality control in places like England than there would be in
most Asian factories).
I’ve been looking for info about Abbott and Ashby and haven’t managed
to find a whole lot besides prices in catalogues. I am wondering if
anyone knows anything about the company and their products. Also, is
there any other brand that comes highly recommended by anyone here?
Just to give you all an idea of my situation - I am currently doing
jewellery on the side and working a day job. I hope in the next
couple of years to make jewellery as a part time business and my day
job part time. Then in the next couple of years after that I would
hope to run my own full time business. So, at first I won’t be using
the polisher so much and so often but later on I probably would
be… although, later on (if more funds are available) upgrading or
replacing a worn out machine would probably be an option.