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Old 01-09-2008, 10:50 AM
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Default Wire wheels for grinders

I was at my local Lowes yesterday and saw a few different options for wire wheel attachments for my grinder. They had two cup styles, one was "crinkled" wire and the other "twisted" (looked like dredlocks). Which one would be better for cleaning up metal surfaces on steel? Mostly mill scale stuff and some light surface rust?

They were nearly 15 bucks a pop so I didn't want to jump without a little insight, thanks!

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Old 01-09-2008, 10:55 AM
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:58 AM
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Ouch!

My folks bought me over a dozen sweet safety glasses for Christmas, now I have one at each tool and in each power tool case... makes it a lot harder not to use them all the time.

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Goggles dont cut it, get a clear face mask or you will be pulling little stainless steel wires out of your face. I also tend to wear my welding jacket now as it is almost impossible to get all the little wires out of your clothing and they will F up your washing machine.

The one with straight wires that aren't twisted is good for convoluted parts, its the most flexible. The one with with twisted wires strips faster, is good for large flat areas, but wears away the underlying steel faster. The cupped one is for getting into places the other two won't.

I generally keep all three. The cupped one lasts forever as you rarely use it, the straight wired one is the one I use the most, and the twisted wire (dreadlocked) one is what I use for large stripping jobs or heavy rust.

The Milwaukee ones seem to last the longest.
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Ian obviously speaks from experience! I have gotten very attached to the various "Scotch Brite" type disks! You can get large high speed as well as small disk type for die grinders. The aggressive ones will really strip rust and paint quick and wont effect your chi from incorrect acupuncture insertions! They will not last as long as a wire brush but will do nearly all the same applications! If you cut back on the flying steel your wash machine will last longer!
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Ian obviously speaks from experience! I have gotten very attached to the various "Scotch Brite" type disks! You can get large high speed as well as small disk type for die grinders. The aggressive ones will really strip rust and paint quick and wont effect your chi from incorrect acupuncture insertions! They will not last as long as a wire brush but will do nearly all the same applications! If you cut back on the flying steel your wash machine will last longer!
I need to try those.
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horror freight actually has the best bang for the buck on these. They have STAINLESS for less than forney, norton, gemini and others. They seem to stay together well too..

I am with UB though, ROC-LOC disc's rock
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worst one ever:

I was burnishing a table top with a 3" knotted cup. No leather apron on, just a t-shirt, gloves and glasses. I got on the wrong side of the cup, it kicked back into me, caught the t-shirt and proceeded to wind itself up in the shirt. Think the reverse of the scene in alien where the monster comes out of the chest..

I only buy grinders with non-locking triggers now....
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I'm completely convinced that all these rust and paint removing tools were designed by hardened criminals to change their looks and erase their fingerprints!

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worst one ever:

I was burnishing a table top with a 3" knotted cup. No leather apron on, just a t-shirt, gloves and glasses. I got on the wrong side of the cup, it kicked back into me, caught the t-shirt and proceeded to wind itself up in the shirt. Think the reverse of the scene in alien where the monster comes out of the chest..

I only buy grinders with non-locking triggers now....
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I have used the scotch brite pads and like them a lot, I just wanted something that lasts a bit longer than the pads.

I will check out the options fellas, thanks!

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