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Grinder wheel wobbling

I have an 8'' bench grinder. One of the wheels is wobbling. I checked both wheels for flatness and they are OK. The spindle appears to be running true with no indication of a variance. Any suggestions?

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The grinder is made by Delta, and the design is known to be flawed.
Look at those stamped-out wheel flanges, and see what they mount against - a small shoulder on the shaft. The best I have been able to do is rotate it until I find a 'sweet spot".

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Check bearing for play and or race for wear on wheel

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