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Posted in response to seeking a very inexpensive small flat lap grinder from Mary E on March 31, 2011 at 08:28:59:

Re: seeking a very inexpensive small flat lap grinder

There are some 6" laps that are around $500 new, and may sell for $200-$300 used. But, sometime the used ones need new diamond plates, which can cost as much as the used unit itself. It may be that something form the Ameritool line, with a minimal set of lap plates would work for you, ... but

As others recommended, saying a little more about what you do and don't want to do to which types and sizes of rock can help shape the best answer to your question.

There are often used RayTilt units, which some of my friends like, that are reasonably priced. Also, there are lots of homemade units out there that are essentially a master lap stuck on a motor shaft with some sort of splash shield. It takes a little savvy, but you do not have to be a mechanical genius to use/modify something like this.

It could turn out after hearing more about what you want to do, that a wheel instead of a lap is better for you. There are inexpensive units, often available used, that have 1 wheel and one lap plate.

The only specific advice I would make at this point is not to consider the Inland SwapTop All-In-Wonder it is too cheap, and generally requires modifications just to make it really usable.

Best!

From Daniel - April 01, 2011 at 09:27:08

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