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Bandit DIY Assembly Instructions

Instruction – DiY Bandit Grinder

Bandit Gen 6 Instructions – Version 3.2


Must Read Before Buying!

For the right person, this would be an easy fun project. This kit will require welding, drilling holes, tapping threads, measuring, painting, and the ability to use a square. This kit can not be returned after it has been welded or modified in any way! We have the right to make changes to the kit or parts of the kit as we continuously make improvements based on our experience and customers' feedback. From time to time you might have to run to your local hardware store as this is not a complete paint by numbers kit.


Disclaimer, Warning, Waiver Notice!

Hold Harmless Waiver Agreement as per our Terms of Service. These instructions are for guidance only. It assumes you are an experienced craftsman. To reduce the risk of injury you must follow all standard safety protocols.


Return Policy!

This kit can not be returned after it has been welded together or modified in any way. To put it into perspective, it would be the same as you going to a steak house, eat the steak and then ask for a refund.


All videos can be found on YouTube. Search for DiktatorGrinders

Step 1 - Weld the Tooling Arm Receptacle Tubes Together

  1. Take the two Tooling Arm Tubes and put them next to each other as per the video and clamp them together so they can be tack welded together. 
  2. The two Tooling Arm Tubes will form the Body of the grinder

Note: Make sure the holes are at the top, just as in the video. 



The Motor Plate Gas Strut mounting hole is not tapped. It is a good idea to tap the hole with a 1/4-20 tap before welding the Motor Plate to the Tooling Arm Tubes.



Before welding the Motor Plate to the Tooling Arm receiver tubes test fit the Gas Strut to make sure there is enough clearance between the receiver tubes and the Gas Strut.

Step 2 - Weld the Motor Plate to the Tooling Arm Tubes.

  1. The motor plate gas strut mounting hole is not tapped. You can tap it now or later using a 1/4-20 size tap
  2. Make sure the Motor Plate, is flush with the Tooling Arm tubes, if not you might have to grind off some of the welding in the previous step
  3. Make sure there is enough clearance between the Gas Strut and the Tooling Arm Receiver Tubes 
  4. Make sure the hole in the Motor Plate lines up with the holes in the Tooling Arm Tubes
  5. Once aligned clamp the two-part together 


Before welding the two parts together (after they have been clamped) #1 Test fit to see if the Flange Nuts will fit through the holes (see video 10 below). If not realign the Motor Plate to the Arm Tubes assembly #2 - Make sure the motor plate is on the correct side


Step 3 - Weld the Tracking Pillar/Raiser to the Tooling Arm Tubes

  1. Using a flat piece of steel or tubing clamp it to the Tracking Pillar.
  2. Use a second clamp to clamp the piece of steel or tubing to the Tooling Arm Tubes as per the video. 
  3. The Tracking Pillar should be about 1/2 inch from the edge of the Tooling Arm Tubes 

4. At this point you can just tack weld the Tracking Pillar to the Tooling Arm Body and then come back later to do a more secure weld. 


Step 4 - Weld the Hinges to the Tooling Arm Tubes

  1. Use the supplied Bolt to assemble Hinges, add washers for spacing. (Note Welding the Hinges might cause the bolt to get stuck due to Warping, make sure there is enough clearance on the hinges)
  2. Optional you can use a piece of 3/4 inch threaded rod approximately 12 inches long add the washers as per the diagram below
  3. Leave about 1/4 inch between the edges of the Tooling Arm Tubes. 
  4. Weld-on the outside of the Hinges


If you want less play on the Tilting Hinge section you can remove washer on each hinge set. In other words remove the rear washer from the front and rear hinges set.



Before welding the pillars to the Foot Plate make sure there is enough clearance for the motor to rotate from a horizontal to a vertical position. Some taller motors might catch on the footplate



The two pillars are not the SAME!. Make sure the front pillar is orientated so that the hole for the clamping knobs faces forward (in other words the holes for the clamping knobs should be on the outside and not on the inside)

Step 5 - Weld the Pillars/Raisers to the Foot Plate

Weld the Pillars to the Foot Plate

  1. You can weld each Pillar individually or you can take the two Pillars and keep them assembled to the Grinder Body and just sit it down approximately in the middle of the Foot Plate
  2. Make sure there is enough clearance for the electric motor to rotate from a horizontal to a vertical position
  3. If your electric motor does not rotate you can move the footplate towards the front. For even more clearance you can mount the footplate on top of a piece of wood to raise the footplate.  
  4. Make sure everything is square before tack welding the Pillars to the footplate


Just tack weld the Grinder Body to the Foot Plate and test for functionality before welding it together for good.


Step 6 - Drill the Holes for the Tracking Mechanism.



The latest version of the Bandit DiY kit comes with the holes already drilled and tapped which is a huge time saver, see full details below.

  1. The new updated kit comes with all the holes pre-drilled and tapped.


The latest version of the Bandit DiY also comes with an improved tracking adjustment pre tapped round disc

Step 7 - Weld tapped Round Disc to the Tracking Arm

  1. We also included a pre-tapped round disc which must be welded to the tracking arm. The round disc fits into the big hole as pictured in the mage below:

Step 8 - Assembling the Chassis after it is Painted

  1. Before painting your grinder make sure the grinders tilting action is fully functional.
  2. You might have to clean up the holes with sandpaper after it has been painted. 


Before painting your grinder make sure that the Tilt Function is working correctly and that the footplate and the chassis fit together.


Step 9 - Attach the Tracking Arm to the Chassis

  1. Mounting the Tracking Arm to the Tracking Pillar is an easy step and should be self-explanatory
  2. Watch the video for details

Step 10 - Attach the Tracking Mechanism

  1. The NEW Updated kit has all the holes pre-drilled
  2. Install the Tracking Mechanism as per the Video Instructions. 

Step 11 - Install the Tooling Arm into the Tubes

  1. Insert the Flange Nuts
  2. Tighten the flange nuts levers without the tooling arms installed which will help to seat the Flange Nuts into the holes.
  3. Losen the lever all the way and install the Tooling Arm 

Step 12 - Installing the Gas Strut, this is a BIG Improvement over SPRINGS

  1. Install the Gas Strut, all holes are pre drilled and pre-tapped.
  2. Install the Handle 

Please send us pictures of your Finished BANDIT DiY Tilting Grinder. 

If you have any suggestions or questions about this instructions please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Updated on 21 Apr 2024