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Eamon Burke
05-02-2011, 12:41 AM
I've been thinking...for sharpening hollow ground things, like the rear surface of Japanese hair shears, for example, a bench grinder is often used, both for maintenance and at the factories.

Wouldn't a belt sander do the same job, if you just take any cover that may be there over a contact wheel?
Or is the radius too small(thereby digging too deep)?

Basically, does anybody find any great use for a bench grinder for sharpening/maintaining/finishing, or does a 1x42 belt sander pretty much cover the bases?

StephanFowler
05-02-2011, 10:46 AM
i don't even own a bench grinder
I use a 2x72 for everything

Eamon Burke
05-02-2011, 06:12 PM
That's encouraging.

I wonder if shears really benefit from a bench grinder specifically, and other things that require a gentle hollow grind.

Dave Martell
05-02-2011, 06:25 PM
Hi Eamon, unless shears have major damage they should never be ground on the inside concave side of the blades. Even if they're damaged you'll likely make them worse by doing this.

Eamon Burke
05-02-2011, 10:42 PM
That's what I thought, but I assumed it would occasionally be required. Between you and Stephan, I think I got my answer! Thanks.

Chef Niloc
05-05-2011, 03:09 AM
I have a zoo sander I swapped out the pulley for a hard rubber contact wheel (3") so I could grind on it. Don't want to grind on the mettle pulley that comes on it & the contact wheel is to hard to get to.

Eamon Burke
05-06-2011, 01:19 AM
I believe I've seen that conversion of yours somewhere...perhaps on KF. That's a swell idea though.

l r harner
05-06-2011, 09:12 AM
a KMG can bee fitted with wheels from 3/16 small wheel to 14 inch with little problem and can also with a bit of looking have plattens that are radius for 36 and 48 inch wheel profiles. not much you cant do on a KMG witha bit of skills (still learning how to make dammascus on it tho :) )

Eamon Burke
05-08-2011, 05:10 PM
When you figure it out, you let me know.

StephanFowler
05-09-2011, 10:04 AM
a KMG can bee fitted with wheels from 3/16 small wheel to 14 inch with little problem and can also with a bit of looking have plattens that are radius for 36 and 48 inch wheel profiles. not much you cant do on a KMG witha bit of skills (still learning how to make dammascus on it tho :) )

you have to use the right kind of super glue, that's the trick I read somewhere from Burt Foster :razz::razz: