Grinder wheel dresser made a big difference.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by KathysLGC, May 4, 2005.

  1. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I picked one up from sears cause I noticed it was taking a bit longer to sharpen my blades plus the blades would heat up fast. This thing cleaned up the wheel fast and made a huge difference when sharpening my blades. It feels as good as new again. BTW i'm using the Oregon unit from Travis. The dresser cost me $12. Not sure how it compares to other wheel dressers but it sure is better then nothing. If you haven't tried one i'm sure you'll be surprised at what it can do for your grinder.
     
  2. aclassic

    aclassic LawnSite Member
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    what is a grinder wheel dresser? is it a wire wheel or something?
     
  3. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
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    It is a device that squares the wheel off so that you do not over heat an area and cause a stress crack in the wheel. You should test your wheel for cracks by very gently taping the wheel and listening for a hollow sound. If you hear that DO NOT use the wheel. It might disintegrate or explode during use. Also make sure that the rest is is close to the wheel.
    Mark
     
  4. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt LawnSite Senior Member
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    My father sharpens most of my blades and he too stumbled onto a wheel dresser a year ago, said it made a HUGE differance. Also, he said that it keeps the wheel better balanced as well.
     
  5. DKinWA

    DKinWA LawnSite Member
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    It's a good idea to dress grinding wheels regularly to expose new cutting surfaces and get rid of material loaded up on the wheel. Essentially, grinding wheels get dull just like lawnmower blades and need to be sharpened. As someone else said, they will cut faster and cooler if done regularly. It also helps to check the squareness of the wheel edge with a tri-square or similar tool when dressing. If you don't, it can be difficult to get a good straight edge on whatever you're grinding.
     
  6. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    My Fireball grinder has a built in diamond tipped dresser. After a swipe with that, it cuts like brand new.

    When you get the wheel too hot, the steel will melt into the stone recesses filling them up and making a smooth wheel. I never had good luck with dressers until I used the diamond dresser.
     
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    All I ask is that you just make sure you wear eye protection when you use these dressers.
     
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Awlllll.....That takes all the fun outa it! :rolleyes:

    :p Just kiddin'
     
  9. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone got a pic of a dresser?
     
  10. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's probably not a bad idea to wear a mask either. Lord knows we don't need any stone dust in our lungs. Studies have shown that lungs work better if foreign material has not been inhaled and lodged into the respiratory system. hehe.... ok... i'll stop being a smart arse now. :waving:
     

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