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Angle Grinder blades/discs
Matango Derek
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Joined: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 47
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2007-08-21 2:25 pm   Permalink

Hi all!

Thanks to my wife, I am the proud new owner of a new Makita 4 1/2 angle grinder for my birthday! And as an added bonus, I also got my first log - a 4ft tall 18in wide pine. I AM SO READY TO CARVE!!! Question: What discs/blades does everyone recommend for various duties to carve this bad boy up? I also am going to get one of those speed dial things; I've read the warnings everywhere here and it's put the fear into me! Thanks for the help! Mahalo!


 
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tikifreak1
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Joined: Jun 10, 2007
Posts: 582
From: Northern Virginia
Posted: 2007-08-21 3:36 pm   Permalink

I use these flap discs. I got them at Home Depot. Hope this helps.

Craig






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JohnnyP
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Joined: Nov 23, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Attica, MI
Posted: 2007-08-21 5:25 pm   Permalink

Yep that's all you need to start. Get a couple different grits and go to town. Be safe.



 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2007-08-21 7:17 pm   Permalink

http://www.klingspor.com/

Hopefully this will save you guys/gals some cash!

Home Despot is an arm and a leg!
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
Posts: 4278
From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2007-08-21 7:43 pm   Permalink

I've got one of these, works okay. Brand and stockist is irrelevant because Im in Australia.


I like the look of these chainsaw style discs though.



A healthy fear and respect is a good thing when using serious power tools like angle grinders and chainsaws.
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T_birdman
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Joined: Jun 19, 2007
Posts: 269
From: San Gabriel Valley-SoCal
Posted: 2007-08-21 11:30 pm   Permalink

the chainsaw wheel works great! cuts like a hot knife through butter!

 
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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-08-21 11:34 pm   Permalink

best tool i ever bought.

most dangerous tool in the workshp beyond the poostick.


 
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benella
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Joined: Sep 27, 2006
Posts: 1423
From: Meudon, France
Posted: 2007-08-22 03:38 am   Permalink

I've bought this thing a couple of weeks ago:



I'm pretty happy with it because I couldn't find any Lancelot in France
I agree with Hewey about the healthy fear. A 4 fingers-handed musician doesn't play as good as a 5 finger-handed one

Benjamin.


 
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Queen Kamehameha
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Joined: Oct 21, 2003
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2007-08-22 12:25 pm   Permalink

This is what Bamboo Ben uses to Carve everything, he is a master with this tool!

 
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Matango Derek
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Joined: Jun 22, 2007
Posts: 47
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2007-08-23 12:11 pm   Permalink

Thanks everyone! This has been a big help! I'll start to post pics soon.

 
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Gigantalope
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
Posts: 913
From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2007-08-23 11:48 pm   Permalink

I have both the Australian Arbortech systems and the Lancelot Chain style wheels. They both work well, but it's been my experiance that for material removal the Lancelot is better. I have yet to attach duel wheels on the grinder but once on, I'm sure it will be fantastic.


Here is a good place to get such both brands of these contraptions.

http://www.woodcraft.com/search/Search.aspx?Query=lancelot&pssPageSizeSelector%3AddlDisplayedProductsCount=Action%3D13%26DisplayedProducts%3D24

Arbortech has a system for a small wheel grinder attachment as well, which is sweet for details that either of the larger wheels can't do. (The small discs are @ the size of a fiftycent piece)They are difficult to sharpen.

With either tool you won't belive the amount of wood you will be capable of removing. Be very carefull, wear gloves as the debris flying can cut you up. Don't have a few beers and test it out...they are unforgiving when fumbled. Consider a mask as often wood has bacteria that can be dangerious to breath. Your nose and ears will be filled with wood, but you won't care because it's so friggin fun.

As you will be working outside,if you wear a shade-hat while working...don't wear one with drawsting leashes that might get caught and teather the spinning blades to your chin and neck.

keep an eye on the switch of your grinder. One of mine allows the wood chips to catch in it, and keep it from being turned off.

Anyway...your going to love these things. Post when you get to try them.

Have fun!




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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2007-08-24 03:54 am   Permalink

I used my Arbotech disc on a cocos palm, don't do that. The cocos is way too fibrous-y, and clogged up the blade and guard very quick.
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kgbenson
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Joined: Aug 23, 2006
Posts: 16
From: SC
Posted: 2007-08-24 8:27 pm   Permalink

www.grizzly.com Has great prides on King Arthur Tools equipment. They are about 10 dollars cheaper than most other places: http://www.grizzly.com/products/searchresults.aspx?q=lancelot&submit.x=0&submit.y=0

KEith



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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
Posts: 1574
From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2007-08-25 11:38 am   Permalink

This old link, has some good info:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=10451&forum=7&start=180&hilite=tools

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