SKIL 3380-01 Review

SKIL 3380-01 Review

If you’re looking for a budget bench grinder to take on your light DIY projects, you’ll find none better than the SKIL 3380-01.

Whether you're looking to sharpen your scissors, knives, lawn mower blades, chisels, or whatever other tools, you're going to be able to do that easily with this handy grinder.

The SKIL 3380-01 Bench Grinder Review

1. Power

The SKIL 3380-01 wasn’t made to be an industrial-grade workshop bench grinder but rather a tool that DIY enthusiasts can benefit from.

So being an entry-level bench grinder means its motor power isn’t the highest at 2.1 AMP, 1/3 HP. The induction motor is good enough for light-duty projects such as sharpening knives, lawnmower blades and removing rust from metal tools.

And although its motor isn’t the most powerful, it can still spin its wheels at a speed of 3,450 RPM –comparable to much more expensive bench grinders on the market.

Unfortunately, however, the speed isn’t variable so you’re a little restricted.

2. Grinding Wheel

The SKIL 3380-01 comes with two 6-inch wheels. One of them is a coarser one to give you quicker results and for handling tougher materials.

The second one, on the other hand, is medium for general use.

Moreover, the wire wheel brushes are replaceable so that you change a worn-out one for a more functional new one.

And although the wheels are quite reliable, they’re prone to getting slower or coming to a halt if you press down too hard while operating your grinder.

3. Base

The base of the SKIL 3380-01 is made from cast-iron and has rubber feet at the bottom to provide the unit with sturdiness once you’ve set it down on a worktable, bench, or the floor.

Its construction is very durable that it comes with a 3-year warranty after registration. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you don't find the performance of the SKIL 3380-01 satisfactory. Although that’s quite doubtful as it does what it does perfectly.

4. Safety

The SKIL 3380-01 comes clear eye guards that prevent any debris, dust, or sparks from flying into your face as you work. However, those guards don’t spare you the need to wear protective goggles as you operate your unit.

Additionally, the SKIL 3380-01 comes with work lights that are built-in and conveniently placed to face the guards and provide you with maximum visibility.

Finally, the adjustable tool rests are a great plus. There’s a dial on each inner side of the tool rest through which you can make your adjustments.

5. Size and Portability

The SKIL 3380-01’s dimensions are 15.4 x 10.8 x 8.5 inches and it weighs 20.8 pounds, so it’s quite a portable unit that would suit you if you have to relocate your grinder.

6. Price

The SKIL 3380-01 is one of the best low-budget bench grinders you can find on the market.

While it’s true that its performance isn’t as strong or smooth as more expensive units, but it does a great job for its price level.

7. Pros

  • Comes with LED lights and a clear view guard to enhance visibility during work

  • Does a superb job at handling small tasks

  • Provides the user with stability thanks to its rubber anti-skid feet

  • Versatile enough to work with many materials without making a lot of adjustments

  • Comes with two detachable tool rests to fit different tasks

  • Very portable and easy to carry around

  • Easy and quick assembly

8. Cons

  • The motor is too weak to handle extended use

  • Substandard performance when handling larger objects

  • May overheat due to the lack of a cooling system

Final Thoughts

The small motor on the SKIL 3380-01 makes it run smoothly and quietly. It’s the ideal product for someone who’s looking to save money by getting an efficient budget grinder that doesn’t consume a lot of power.

It’s a great choice for hobbyists, entry-level users, or even professionals that are looking for a more portable tool that they can carry around to different work areas.

  • Updated October 4, 2019
Thomas R. Hudson