Welcome to the New Standard In Precision and Value!
We’ve created what we think are the best belt grinders available for blade smiths, blacksmiths, artists, fabricators, and anyone else who needs to remove a serious amount of material with the least effort and most control.
Our precision, fit, and finish are second to none, resulting in the smoothest operating, best tracking, most powerful, and all around superior functioning grinders available. We machine all of our own drive, tracking, idler and contact wheels for the most precise wheels on the market, giving you the smoothest tracking belt grinder made today.
As if precision alone isn’t enough, we’re also the most modular grinder on the market, allowing you to add-on new features and accessories as they become available, or as your budget allows. Built around a standard 1.5” square tooling arm, our grinders offer the same convenience of quick change tooling as other knife grinders on the market. But why stop there? All of our machines offer two 1.5” tooling arm sockets! One socket for the main working arm and the other available for various accessories like our RAT Arm (Rotary Adjustable Table), and our forthcoming Surface Grinder. This separates the tool rest or accessory from the main working arm, for the most versatility of any grinder available. (For instance, how would you like to add and remove your work table just by turning one knob? With the Northridge Tool 2x72 belt grinder and RAT arm you can do just that!)
What could be better than all of that? How about a design that you can expand over time, allowing you to start with a budget friendly grinder option and add on the features you really want when your budget allows.
The main chassis of all of our MOD-2 grinders are made from two precision laser cut 1/4” thick steel plates bolted together with heat treated socket head cap screws and custom made precision aluminum spacers. The medium strength Loctite we use will hold everything firm and tight for the life of the grinder, but still allows the main chassis to be upgraded.
Uncertain if you need the tilting stand? Unlike our competition, our precision machined aluminum Tilting Stand is not an integrated take-it-or-leave-it part of the machine, but a bolt on upgrade that can be easily added at a later date, with no sacrifice in function or stability. How cool is that?
Fit & Finish
The main chassis plates are powder coated with a silver artery vein powder, which is stronger than single color powder coats. Many steel parts are Black Nitride treated and our aluminum is meticulously machined. The belt is tensioned with a ratchet tensioner for maintenance free operation. The tracking mechanism is mounted on a precision reamed and press fit dowel pin hinge to remove all possible slop. The tracking adjustment knob uses 3/8 x 24 fine thread for precise adjustments and features a custom made tension spring to keep pressure on the threads and reduce the chance of the tracking knob accidentally turning while in use, which would result in belt wandering.
We machine the bearing bores and outer face of our tracking wheels in a single operation with the tightest tolerance for the most concentric, smoothest running wheels on the market. Every one of our aluminum wheels features .012 deep grooves to allow air to move between the wheel and the belt, making the adhesive on the belts last longer and acting as a visual aid for belt tracking. Our platen, tracking and contact wheels feature oversized bearings to give extended working life, and are press fit with a center spacer eliminating the chance of bearing damage due to over-tightening the wheels.
Our machines feature crowned 4” x 2-1/2” tracking wheels, with oversized bearings for longevity, mounted on a precision machined 1/2” thick tracking arm. The grinder features a 5" diameter drive wheel with a 1° crown. The I.D and O.D are machined in the same setup to ensure that they are the most concentric drive wheels on the market. All of our drive wheels are 2-1/4” wide and come with a 5/8” bore with 3/16” keyway.
And all of this comes in one of the most economical packages available, made entirely in the USA!
The Northridge Tool family of belt grinders are built to be the best possible knife grinder on the market, but we’re not stopping there! Expect to see an ever increasing lineup of accessories to make your grinder the most flexible and powerful 2x72 belt grinder on the market.^ Back to the top