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Topic: veering into drum materials (was: careening into roasting drums) (5 msgs / 162 lines)
1) From: Ed Needham
I find them with other Dremel tools.  Not everyone carries them though, so
you just have to snag them when you see them. They are a bit larger in
diameter than the garden variety un-reinforced wheels, and more expensive,
but worth it.
I use the grinder for making small corrections in the shape of stainless
parts I fabricate.  Also for smoothing edges and rounding corners.  Nothing
that couldn't be done with a file.  For what it's worth, inexpensive grinders
can be found at Harbor Freight or Sears.  A dedicated shop needs a more
serious machine, but mine works fine and it wasn't that expensive at all.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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2) From: floyd burton
Not Ed but am into iron mongery.  A handy tool is a angle grinder-you can
buy them from big box stores such as menards/HD/lowe's for under $40.
Equipped with an abrasive or cutting wheel-they make quick work of fixing
boo boos such as cutting angle iron too long and so forth.  Another handy
tool to cut angle iron, sheet steel and other metals is a saber saw.  They
are not that expensive-Riobi probably offers the best at the bottom end of
both.  Now for any kind of work like this-get a full cover face shield-they
cost about $15.  If u want the best of those tools-Milwaukee makes an
outstanding 5" angle grinder and Bosch probably has the best saber saw out
there-but others are now very close at the upper end.

3) From: jim gundlach
On Sunday, January 12, 2003, at 12:58 AM, Ed Needham wrote:
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The bench grinder I got at Harbor Freight uses plastic gears that wore 
through after less than two hours of use.  After spending about two 
hours on hold with the Harbor Freight parts ordering I decided to throw 
the damn thing in the trash and never go back.
Jim Gundlach
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4) From: Ed Needham
They do have a lot of cheap junk.  I usually only drop in to their local
outlet in Louisville to buy their odds and ends and not the bigger stuff, but
I did get a grinder there.  It's holding up well going on a little over a
year now, and it gets probably a half hour of use every week or two.  I could
imagine heavy usage or hard use bringing it to it's knees, but my uses are
fairly light and quick.  Sharpening chisels and lawnmower blades, grinding
burrs off of parts I make, shaping metal, etc.  Not much else.  You get what
you pay for, so I don't expect too much out of it.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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5) From: Ed Needham
I've found that stainless steel lids work really well for drum ends.  I
particularly like restaurant food container lids, with the little stainless
piece across a concave center area used for a lid handle.  That piece is
strong enough to hang the drum on if a hole is drilled into it.  My little 1
pound roaster used that for it's total support.
Look at the third and fourth pics from the bottom...http://www.homeroaster.com/BBQroast.htmlThat lid was $2.50 or something like that at a restaurant supply store.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed
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