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Belts - Zirconia

Discussion in 'Grinders' started by snailgixxer, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    im sure this has been a topic many of times.. I should really look back in the threads. But, here's my question. Has anyone had good/bad experiences with zirconia belts? I ordered 5 36 grit, and 5 60grit( I think) and I also order 2 structured abrasives. I have a batch of 5 hunters in working on, and I have nothing below 120 grit left
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Do you mean you burned through 10 zirconia aluminia belts in 5 knives?
    What brand of belts are you using?
    Are your knives made of diamonds? o_O

    I get the Norton SX695's zirconia aluminia from Canadian Knifemaker in 36 and 60. I think they are good value for the life on annealed steel, stainless & brass bolsters, wood etc.
    However, I feel ceramic 'Blaze' belts do a much better job on harder (post heat treat) steel.

    http://www.canadianknifemaker.ca/in...nd-anecdotal-belt-comparison.1347/#post-11055

    Dan
     
  3. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Haha nope no have no belts left under 120 grit that are in good condition anyways. I just order those from CKS. I haven't used zirconia before. And I have some blaze belts for post heat treatment :). I hope to god I don't burn through that many belts in 5 knives. That'll get pricey lol
     
  4. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think you'll be happy with the ZAs, they are good value.

    Dan
     
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  5. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I actually really like the blue zircs. Personally I prefer them to the blaze and some other ceramics for bevel grinding. The VSM ceramics work well for bevels for me but I still tend to prefer the zircs. If you grind at a slower speed or use less pressure, the zircs can be a better choice. This is because the media is more friable and fractures with less force, keeping the belt sharp and cutting longer. Ceramics really shine at high speed and extreme pressure or on very hard steels. I prefer to hog and profile with ceramics but zircs are my go to for bevels. Nothing wrong with them for hogging either I just seem to get more life from the ceramics when I am really leaning on it and running above 3500 sfpm
     
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  6. snailgixxer

    snailgixxer Golf season is here:)!!!!

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    Perfect. That's good to hear. I haven't been able to get much done. hopefully I can get some good hours in and hog out the bevels nicely to get things moving on my end. I haven't posted a finished product in months lol
     

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