Shopmate 48 Variable Speed Grinder 1.5hp


Shop Mate 48 Variable Speed with Separate Motor and VFD. Comes with our Beginners Belt Kit 48″ absolutely FREE.

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FREE WITH THIS GRINDER: Beginners Belt Kit with 10 assorted belts – enough to make your first 3 – 5 knives taking them from rough profiling and bevelling through to a 600 grit satin finish, as well as handle shaping.

Ready to run on any standard domestic 240 V 10 amp power outlet.

Designed and updated with the needs of the serious knifemaker and other steel fabricators in mind, this grinder has applications across a broad market. Available in a variety of packages to suit your individual needs, application and budget. Capable of running contact wheels from 1/4” to 10” mounted on quick-change tooling mounts. This grinder is ideally suited to anyone who wants a head start into knife-making. Manufactured right here in Australia, support a local homegrown business. Utilising a separate motor and drive this kit allows another variable-speed motor to be run off the VFD.

  • 2 × 48” belt length
  • 1.5 hp 2 pole motor with 4” drive wheel
  • 0 – 4500 surface feet per minute belt speed
  • 6” platen backing
  • 4 way rotating platen
  • Slack belt
  • 2” and 3” contact wheels
  • Rubber coated wheels for smooth performance and great belt traction
  • Flat plane belt tracking for accurate belt alignment
  • Fully welded frame
  • 3 arm slots
  • Fixed work rest
  • Platen arm also accepts small wheels
  • Protective spark guard
  • Flips from vertical to horizontal with bench or pedestal stand (sold separately)
  • Made in Australia

Kit Includes:

  • Shopmate 48 grinder body.
  • Powerful 1.5 hp Motor
  • 240 V VFD provides 3ph power to motor

Note: Digital manual can be provided on request after purchase. Due to the bulk and heavy nature of our 48″ grinders, all units are shipped on individual pallets for their protection. Due to an increased volume of orders during our stocktake sale, please allow an additional 1 – 2 weeks for your order to be delivered. We appreciate your patience at this time and are working hard to get all orders shipped ASAP.

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Additional information

Weight 36 kg
Dimensions 57 × 40 × 40 cm

4 reviews for Shopmate 48 Variable Speed Grinder 1.5hp

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Mahon

    great machine and quality for price. Customer services was kind and efficient and arrived within a week

  2. 5 out of 5


    Awesome piece of tooling, I’ve had mine for 3 years and I’ve given this thing hell and it just eats everything I’ve thrown at it, small workshop footprint with plenty of grunt has definitely won me over.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Quality product. Very solid build and VFD control box setup is excellent – no issues even when grinding for hours in the shed during hot weather.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Fantastic machine – Very well built, powerful, and versatile. I’m glad I went with the Variable speed model, being able to run different speeds for different attachments and grinding operations is a huge advantage

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