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Discussion in 'Grinders' started by r-ice, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. r-ice

    r-ice New Member

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    I was wondering what belts i should stock up on, I am assuming from 40 grit to 400 and maybe a scotchbrite belt? I just picked my first grinder. any help would be great.
     
  2. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    36,50 or 60,120,220,400 are a few commons i use
     
  3. r-ice

    r-ice New Member

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    I am then assuming that these are the best belts to buy then?
    3M 2" x 72" 984F CUBITRON BELT
     
  4. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    I have found that in the higher grits the norax are pretty good belts, but I especially like the trizact gators. They last a very long time, and provide a very smooth and even scratch pattern.
     
  5. r-ice

    r-ice New Member

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    okay as I am about to make a purchase of varying belts so I have some for when my grinder arrives.
     
  6. Grayzer86

    Grayzer86 Active Member

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    If you do decide to get a scotchbrite belt i would advise buying a fine one. I bought a medium thinking it would be a good compromise, and i find the scratch pattern a bit heavier than i would like. I also have not used it much so it may just need to be worn down a bit more to provide the pattern i am after.

    I currently have a medium scotchbrite, well norton brand but same deal. and the following other grits, 36,50,60,100,120, 220,400,500,600,750, 800. all in various brands and compositions. What i have found is that i can easily go from a 36 hogging, 60 for bevels, then 100 or 120, 220, 400, 600, 800, then hand sand. I know lots of guys that will go straight from 120 to 400 with no issues at all and i could likely skip some of the grits i use. skipping a grit hand sanding can make your life hell, but on a ginder its only a couple extra passes. If you plan to use belts for shaping handles in wood and composites i would advise getting the cheapest AO or zircs you can find for that as they will plug up long before they ever wear out. In wood i like the way the AO cuts better anyway, and find no reason to plug up ceramics for materials like that.
     

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