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Am I discarding my cutting discs too quickly?

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ericc

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The guru of anvilfire says that most beginners cheap out on grinding disks by buying the long lasting ones instead of the quick cutting (friable) ones. I saw this happen myself when I was helping another blacksmith radius an anvil made out of a piece of AR armor plate. He was buzzing away for 40 minutes without much progress, and declared the job impossible. I went to the welding store and picked up a premium Walter soft wheel and did the job in 5 minutes. It was better than a factor of 10, because I did more work than he did. I spent $5 for the wheel, but it was money well spent. I gave him the remainder of the wheel, but he said it was a little rich for his blood still. Running a wheel down that much is pretty hilarious, but I suspect that slow grinding at that lower surface speed could waste quite a bit of time.
 

Ken from ontario

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:grin::grin:,I think you are pretty close to the "throw it away" size, I also like Walter brand and zipcut disks are the ones I use the most but when they reach to that size ,it is time to put in a new one.
But you already knew that.
 

magicniner

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I put worn discs like that to one side for when I have a job to grind in a tight space ;-)
 

savarin

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I dont think you are using them enough to throw out.
If cutting a narrow strip from some material theres at least another half inch of use there
 

menace

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Looks like you got your money's worth out of that one, time for a new one.
While I'm at it does anyone know if Razorwheel discs are still available ? Best I've ever used no BS ! Can't find a supplier for them around here! Thanks.
 
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