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What to expect from an Arter rebuild

Updated: May 8

“Nothing grinds like an Arter.”

We hear that quote all the time from our long-time customers. The precision, ability to hold tolerances, and finish are nearly unmatched with any model of Arter and is tough to replicate. But what happens when the machine starts to decline over time, just like most products do naturally?

That’s where we can step in. Rebuilding your Arter surface grinder is easier, cheaper, and better than ever. When we acquired the Arter Precision Grinding Machines four years ago, our goal was to build the brand back up from what it was the previous decades. Since then, we have successfully rebuilt various surface grinders, with our customers setting themselves up for decades of grinding with their rebuilt Arter. Check out what to expect when you decide to rebuild your machine.

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What you get from an Arter rebuild

Decades of service

Arter surface grinders are meant to last decades without major service from the OEM. In our experience, most machines last decades before needing major service to them. With a rebuild, our goal is to give decades more of that surface grinding with your machine.

Money saved

Not only does the machine’s lifespan lengthen with a rebuild, but the money that is saved from a rebuild over the purchase of a new machine is substantial. A rebuild is not a quick fix that will just push a need for a new grinder down the road, we rebuild your machine to original specifications so that you will not have to even consider the capital investment of a new machine in the foreseeable future.

No Learning Curve

Your operators do not need to learn a new machine with new technology when rebuilding an Arter. The use of original specification parts will eliminate the need of having to train on a new machine. It’s the same old surface grinder with a new shine on it.

Shorter Lead Times

With a brand new surface grinder comes a very long lead time, often more than one year. Our typical rebuild lead time is six months, depending on the scope of work, labor, and supply chain. Your rebuilt Arter surface grinder will be producing for your operation again halfway through the process of building a new machine.

Arter rebuild process

While the rebuild process can be complicated, a basic breakdown of what we actual do when rebuilding is as follows.

When the grinder comes off the truck, our team does an incoming evaluation of the machine. From there, we turn to our engineering team to consolidate the prints from our historical archives. The engineering is updated to today’s engineering standards and we then move forward with production of parts needed depending on the full scope of work.

A common area that typically needs addressing is the scraping of the knee, main base, and head slide. Also, once the machine is fully broken down to the basics, we can identify other spare parts that will need to be remanufactured, which we will complete to original OEM standards.

We normally see the chuck needing repair or replacement as well. With Arter’s, the chuck is normally not removable, so while the machine is apart, we fit it with new parts or rebuild the existing one, which we manufacture in-house with our Magna-Lock USA workholding brand. We also fit the grinder with a new Magna-Lock USA chuck control to completely replace the workholding on the machine.

Once the full scope of remanufacturing is completed, the machine is reassembled and we do test grinding to make sure it meets the original capabilities of the grinder.

The machine is wrapped up and sent back to you, ready to grind for many more years

We would like nothing more than to talk with you about your options with your grinder. Some customers chose partial rebuilds or full rebuilds. Contact our sales team to discuss the condition of your grinder at 815-962-8700 or send us an email at

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Obsidian Manufacturing Industries, Inc. is a Rockford, Ill. manufacturing company and is the OEM for Magna-Lock USA workholding, MagnaLift & Power-Grip lift magnets, and Arter Precision Grinding Machines as well providing surface grinding services. They are located at 5015 28th Ave. in Rockford, Ill. with a phone number of 815-962-8700. Check out more at


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