Any opinions on this Okamoto surface grinder

This item would be for my own shop use, to make money with. I do not
plan on reselling it. I think that I can find some good ways to make
money with a surface grinder and all the steel that I seem to get.
What I am looking for is a semiautomatic grinder, that can grind a
predetermined area in several passes without a worker manning it all
the time.
While looking, I found this one nearby:
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It is an 8? x 24? Okamoto Model PSG63UA Hydraulic Surface Grinder
Serial No. 7506 New-1972. With Incremental Downfeed. 8" X 24"
Permanent Magnetic Chuck. Coolant. System With Magnetic
Separator. 11.75" Maximum Grinding Width. 24" Maximum Grinding
Length. 16" Maximum Distance From Top Of Chuck To C/L Of
Spindle. 1-100 FPM Table Feed Rate. 0.1 - .4" Cross Feed Rate Per
Table Reversal.
Any opinions on this grinder? Would it be easy to use? Would you say
1972 is too old (I was made in 1971)
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This grinder is not big enough to grind table sized plates.
But if I had one, it would be awesome. A lot of people need precision layuot tables.
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Some surface grinders have stops so that when they feed across and off the work they shut off, or reverse, or at least stop the table. Others don't. If you are planning on running it unattended then you will want that feature.
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John B.
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We had an Okamoto almost exactly like that at the injection moulding plant where I worked in the late 90's. According to the shop techs, it was a great machine. (I never used it).
The boss was an old German curmudgeon who hated to spend money on anything (let alone anyONE...), so if he had deemed the Oka to be a good one, it probably was.
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Lloyd E. Sponenburgh
If "a lot" = the # of fingers on a crooked left hand, then yeah, you'll have a lot of orders. Esp. for ones made from crappy HR discarded steel.
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Existential Angst
I sold about 8 of such tables at great prices. Great means that they were great for me, but also for my buyers.
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Probably correct but I've got a feeling you'll most often find them being used for oddball toolroom work with universal attachments, collet fixtures and the like holding the workpieces.
For tool and cutter work, I typically just use a cup wheel in a vertical machining center.
--for instance, a small toolmaker vise inside a larger toolmaker vise inside a kurt vise works wonders when it comes to making specialty single point lathe grooving tools, just tilt the toolmaker vises a smidge to get your desired clearance angles...
Also great for putting drive flats and whistle notches onto carbide endmills and so forth.
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