At my previous job we got an 8" Jet (I know, I know) which actually impressed me. It was smooth, relatively quiet, relatively heavy and seemed to have plenty of balls. I'd at least consider it.
I feel ya, we'd all like to have Baldors but damn they're spendy, even used.
I use a 8" Jet almost everyday in our machine shop. We finally burned one up. I paid $110 to get it fixed, now it's in my shop out back.
The JET that gets used EVERYDAY in my shop was purchased in 1980. It's starting to get old, but it still turns every time I turn it on. When it fails to do that, I'll buy another.A new or used Baldor is much better than the Chinese junk.
Or you could buy a decent bench grinder, add the Multi-tool belt grinder attachment to one side of it and have the best of both worlds. I've got a Wilton bench grinder with a coarse wheel on one side, the belt grinder on the other-best money I've spent.
Word.A new or used Baldor is much better than the Chinese junk.