Some frequently asked questions about the Revolution 2x72 Belt Grinder Build
Q: Do the plans come with the plate steel pack?
A: No but you can buy them as a bundle and there is a discount. Click here for a list of bundles.
Q: If I buy the Ultimate Bundle what else do I need to complete the build?
A: To finish the grinder you will need:
- The tube steel
- Wheels (4 total)
- Tracking Mechanism (links in the plan set or build your own)
- 4" of 1" round steel (for the work rest)
- High carbon steel for the platen face
- An approved motor
- A motor controller (VFD)
- Some wiring including the plug to plug it in.
- Links to all of these items are listed in the plan set.
Q: What is a ball-park cost figure of a finished grinder?
A: There are many variables but most spend between $500-$900 USD on their grinders. Most of the cost is in the motor & VFD. If you have those already or you go with a lower cost VFD you can save hundreds of dollars.
Q: Can I use a DC Treadmill motor to power the Revolution?
A: Treadmill motors are an economical way to build a grinder. However, I no longer endorse their use unless there is absolutely no way to move forward, as they have a high failure rate in the grinding environment due to metal dust being sucked into the magnets and destroying the motors. Some have gotten away with it by building elaborate filtration systems but in my mind I think the cost and effort to do that outweighs the purchase of a decent TEFC motor and VFD.
Q: I don’t have 220 power in my workshop, can I run the motor on 110?
A: Yes the recommended VFD has options for both, the one thing to consider is you will lose .5 HP of you use 110, which in my opinion is okay. You can always upgrade to 220 later and you grinder will be full power.
Q: I don’t have 3 phase power in my workshop, will single phase be okay?
A: The motor we suggest is 3 phase, but the VFD converts single phase to 3 phase to allow the motor to be variable speed. So no need to have 3 phase power available to use this setup.
Q: Can I use a VFD with a single phase motor?
A: There are many arguments about this subject and I’ll give you the short answer. Yes you can do it, but will the motor last? No. It will fry the motor and VFD and you will have to purchase the proper setup which is explained on the resources page (you must buy the plans to gain access to the resources page)
Q: Can I run a DC motor like one from a treadmill?
A: Yes it is possible. There are many modifications that are needed to do this. One of which is an air filter setup to keep metal dust from settling into the motors magnets. Also you will need to modify the motor plate to allow the motor to mount properly.
Q: Do you have a complete kit with everything included for the build?
A: Not yet, we are in the process of finding vendors for the tube steel & wheels that can ship them directly.
Q: Can you run a smaller drive wheel?
A: Bigger is better. I would go with as big as you can find up to 8”. The smaller the drive wheel the less belt speed you will achieve.
Q: Why use metal wheels instead of nylon wheels?
A: Quality. Even my aluminum wheels start to smooth out over time, nylon or plastic will wear away much quicker.