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8-10" contact wheel source?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Will52100, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Will52100

    Will52100

    Dec 4, 2001
    My KMG's 8" contact wheel let go, a big chunk of rubber turned loose and came flying out, this weekend.

    I've been looking around and see some in the 100'ish dollar range, but they've got an 1.19" bearing ID size and for my tooling arms I need a 1/2" ID.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Serrated...der-Sander-Dynamically-balanced-/232870359435

    Has anybody used these wheels before? I'm thinking if they are any good to maybe turn a bushing on the lathe.

    Ideas?

    Thanks.
     
  2. seanj

    seanj

    187
    Mar 1, 2010
  3. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    What are your plans for the wheel? I have been looking for a scrap one that I can bore out for my surface grinder. I would strip the rubber and just use the aluminum hub.
     
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  4. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

    48
    Jun 15, 2012
    Get this one. $67 shipped with bearings installed. Can't beat the price. I have it, works great. That have all kinds of sizes. May be some customs/import charges though
     
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  5. Will52100

    Will52100

    Dec 4, 2001
    Thanks, that may work.

    No plans at present, if I can get ahold of Beumont, I might have it re covered, depending cost.

    I wouldn't go for just the aluminum hub for a surface grinder, you need a little give, If I remember rite mine's a 90 Durometer wheel. I suppose it would work, just be very slow, not sure if it'd be more accurate or not.
     
  6. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Check out Ameribrade they have 8 inch for $95
     
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  7. Randydb

    Randydb Basic Member Basic Member

    693
    Sep 27, 2014
    I don't see the link....but I can see that this post was edited by a moderator. Is there a reason this link wasn't allowed? Just want to know so I don't mess up in the future.
     
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  8. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
    There’s been a few people go the aluminum wheel route with great success. I think that’s the way I’ll go eventually as well.
    I don’t think give is necessarily a good thing on a surface grinder.
     
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  9. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    you can state where to find it but not post an outside link.

    But we know outside links are posted all the time and there is very selective removing of them
     
  10. JTknives

    JTknives Blade Heat Treating www.jarodtodd.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 11, 2006
    Currently I use a stone wheel and run a belt over it. Works great but I’m wanting to go wider then 1”. The plan was to just turn one out of steel and hog out the center to lighten it up.
     
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  11. Spalted

    Spalted My name is Britt Askew I like making knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    892
    Dec 9, 2010
    I had my 5" Beaumont wheel come apart a while back too.
    JT if a 5" wheel (4" of aluminum) will do what you want PM your address.
     
  12. Spalted

    Spalted My name is Britt Askew I like making knives Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    892
    Dec 9, 2010
    I think I will try one of these soon. Anybody here used one ?
     
  13. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I have one of their smaller wheels.

    Very high quality and comes with a steel spacer between the bushings.
     
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  14. Ocelot85

    Ocelot85

    407
    Feb 1, 2012
    I have a 10 inch Ameribrade contact wheel, it has somewhat excessive vibration in it. It's usable but barely, I contacted them about it months ago I was told I'd get a new one when the wheels stocked and I've never heard anything since. The rest of my grinder gear from them has been fine though.
     
  15. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    I had the same thing happen to my 8 inch soft MG wheel from USA.Hadn't used it for a while and when it tried, it disintegrated. The s is the solid aluminum wheel.
     
  16. coldsteelburns

    coldsteelburns

    Aug 2, 2010

    I have a 12" from them. The first one ran true but it had a bit of a dish in the center of the poly surface which would create sorta a smiley face shaped bevel if the blade was kept in one spot, but they were quick to replace it even before I sent back the first and were also very nice to deal with. The second one was almost perfect but still had a very slight dip in the center, so I just ran it on my grinder while tracking the belt far off each side and sanded off a slight amount from the left and right sides/corners while it spun, which was easy enough to do. Now it's nice and flat and works great.


    ~Paul
    My Youtube Channel
    ... (Just some older videos of some knives I've made in the past)
     
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  17. Will52100

    Will52100

    Dec 4, 2001
    Thanks. I got a quick response from KMG and they will recover/re tire the wheel for 142$, plus 18$ shipping, so a total cost of about 180$ both ways. Not sure, I very rarely hollow grind, especially on an 8" wheel, mostly use it for hogging and some profiling. Of course the KMG wheel lasted nearly 10 years, not sure if a vulcanized rubber wheel will last that long.

    Thanks for the suggestions, got some figuring and reading to do.
     
  18. 12345678910

    12345678910

    Jul 13, 2009

    Now get a quote directly from the re coating business, Contact Rubber Corporation (CRC)

    putting Beaumont in the middle just ads cost and problems.
     
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  19. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    That seem like almost as much as paid for the entire wheel.........
     
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  20. Scaniaman

    Scaniaman

    48
    Jun 15, 2012
    The link in my post that was removed was to an abrasive dealer on Aliexpress called L-Paladin.
     
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