• Beware of Counterfeit Woodturning Tools (click here for details)
  • Johnathan Silwones is starting a new AAW chapter, Southern Alleghenies Woodturners, in Johnstown, PA. (click here for details)
  • Congratulations to Linda Ferber for "1940's Wig Stand" being selected as Turning of the Week for July 15th 2024 (click here for details)
  • Welcome new registering member. Your username must be your real First and Last name (for example: John Doe). "Screen names" and "handles" are not allowed and your registration will be deleted if you don't use your real name. Also, do not use all caps nor all lower case.

Planning to buy 2 Mega wheels from WTW…however most popular grits are out of stock

Joined
Mar 18, 2024
Messages
4
Likes
1
Location
Berwyn, PA
They are out of the 80, and 180. Would I be better off with a 60 and 600 or a 220 and 600? Will a 220 more or less replicate a 180 or will it take too much time? Not a turner but have a decent lathe, Jet 1642, and took a class from Bill Grumbine (RIP), where we turned a couple of cherry bowls, Want to learn and have a bunch of cherry in my basement that I plan to start small with it and hopefully improve with over time. I still will need to purchase some gouges and parting tools, etc. and am trying to make these purchases incrementally so it is not too many expensive outlays all at once.

I appreciate all of the knowledge and feedback here and very much admire all of the beautiful products you produce. I hope over time to get to a decent place with this and realize that this is a lengthy endeavor.

WTW 10% sale ends this weekend, so if I hold off until they get the new other sizes in stock I will miss out on the sale price. Sales come and go. In the long run if I am really better off waiting until they have a 180 in stock then I can do so, but it seems to me that a 180/220 will give results pretty close to one another. Is that an incorrect assumption? I will put these on a no name woodcraft 3/4 HP grinder and if it turns out that I am using it a bunch ( not there yet), and it is too slow, then I will just get a more powerful grinder. I have a Kelton sharpening system and if need be will pick up a Wolverine system, which is cheaper than some gouges, but hopefully the Kelton will work fine.

Thanks in advance. i am just happy that I am finally getting my garage and basement work area in shape, where I am not tripping over everything. That has been a long time coming, primarily because my skills and knowledge are rudimentary, and other things and activities occupy my time and energy.

Best regards,

Mike in Berwyn, PA
 

Dave Landers

Beta Tester
Joined
Dec 1, 2014
Messages
866
Likes
2,775
Location
Estes Park, CO
Website
dlwoodturning.com
I usually recommend 180 for general sharpening. Others feel strongly about anything from 80 to 600 (and some feel strongly against CBN). So probably in the end it doesn't really matter - personal preference and/or what you get used to. I have a 220 and a couple 180s and don't really notice any significant difference between them for sharpening gouges. Something coarse like 60 or 80 is much better for shaping.
Re the sale, I'd suggest contacting WTW and see what Ken says...
 
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
5,544
Likes
2,899
Location
Eugene, OR
If you are getting one wheel, then get a 180. If you are getting 2 wheels, then get a 600. The 180 is great for 98% of all the sharpening you will want to do. The 320 does work nice, but to me, it is not enough of a step up. The 600 works better. The 600 grit wheel makes a big difference if you are cutting some punky wood. If you need to do some shaping of your tools, then the 180 is a bit fine, so keep the old 60 or 36 grit wheels handy or a coarse belt sander.

I had heard that Ken Rizza sold the business, which was why it moved. Not positive though.

robo hippy
 
Joined
Jun 6, 2018
Messages
2,036
Likes
1,062
Location
La Grange, IL
I agree you should contact WTW and see if they'd honor the sale price on a back order? You can also use the opportunity to get their expert advice. When I bought my setup from them years ago, Ken's advice to me was to get a 180 & a 600 (round shoulder & square shoulder). That's worked out for me (but then it's not like I've experimented with other arrangements). Not sure that Ken is still there; I heard he sold the company. But if he isn't I'd still talk to the new owners.
 
Joined
Dec 16, 2022
Messages
124
Likes
193
Location
Mesa, AZ
I agree you should contact WTW and see if they'd honor the sale price on a back order? You can also use the opportunity to get their expert advice. When I bought my setup from them years ago, Ken's advice to me was to get a 180 & a 600 (round shoulder & square shoulder). That's worked out for me (but then it's not like I've experimented with other arrangements). Not sure that Ken is still there; I heard he sold the company. But if he isn't I'd still talk to the new owners.
This was my setup for a few years. Just got an upgrade to 80/800 from D-Way because they were the only ones that have 1" arbor... I am never going back.
 
Joined
Mar 18, 2024
Messages
4
Likes
1
Location
Berwyn, PA
The 3/4 grinder is sufficient. Usually prefer slow speed grinder but not necessary for CBN wheels
It is a slow speed grinder. I don’t think I will go wrong with any of the options and that is why I believe that I am overthinking this purchase. Might try to be a bit more patient and forget about the ongoing sale since sales come and go and the price difference will not be dramatic, especially over the long run.
 
Joined
Jul 19, 2017
Messages
447
Likes
418
Location
Roscoe, Illinois
Can't you order for the sale price and just wait till they come in? I believe that is what I did about a year ago. I would assume they would allow you to order at the sale price and ship when they wheels come in.
 
Joined
Mar 18, 2024
Messages
4
Likes
1
Location
Berwyn, PA
Perhaps that would work if I call, but their online orders system will not allow me to add to the cart out of stock items and only states that it will notify when available. I has spoken to representatives their and was told that they expected them in by the end of March. I think I will just be patient. Ordering steel versions from LV is an option, and they are in stock. I have dealt with LV for years with excellent customer service and product support so I do have some comfort with that option. The bigger issue is that steel wheels are heavier and might put more strain on 3/4 HP Woodcraft low speed grinder.

Thanks,

Mike
 

Roger Wiegand

Beta Tester
Joined
Nov 27, 2018
Messages
816
Likes
968
Location
Wayland, MA
Website
www.carouselorgan.com
Ken has sold the business, but still "consults" and works the trade shows. Talked to him at Totally Turning last weekend. Sounded like he was pretty happy with the sale, that the people who bought the business want to run it, albeit perhaps without the personal touch he brings. Definitely talk to them, the stock of wheels they had at the show seemed pretty extensive, though I wasn't looking for anything in particular. I already have two 180's and have been thinking about outfitting a second grinder with an 80 and 600. I bought the Kodiak platform for my Wolverine base at the show as well as another lamp--two more wheels would have bent the budget. My first impression of the platform is pretty positive, though I need to move the support farther under the wheel to get it close enough. The fact that you can change the angle while maintaining constant distance to the wheel is really neat.
 
Joined
Apr 20, 2006
Messages
1,301
Likes
1,056
Location
Erie, PA
There is great value in having a grinder set for just your tools. My personal grinder is used in conjunction with the Vector Grind Fixture. I use on this grinder a 180 grit CBN and an 80 grit CBN. The 180 sharpens my gouges and the 80 sharpens scrapers (the 80 gets very little use). For me the 180 gives me the best balance between sharpness and staying sharp the longest time. I know that no matter what gouge I'm using that with this setup I can just make one pass through the Vector and I'm sharp and back to work. There are 3 other grinding setups in the shop for others to use and all 3 have at least 1 CBN wheel on them. There is always one grinder with a stone wheel for regrinding. The CBNs on those are 2 @ 180, 1@ 350 and 1 @ 1000grit. I will never argue that the higher grits don't get the tool sharper it is just for me they get dull faster. One of the greatest things about CBN is that the wheel size never changes meaning if your setup is accurate you are not wasting steel, honestly I will never wear out my stock of gouges.
 
Joined
Feb 22, 2024
Messages
36
Likes
60
Location
Port Charlotte, FL
Ken always recommends 180 and 360. I have an order with him for our club, just waiting for them to get resupplied. I have the same setup and works great for me. Anything lower than 180 is too aggressive.
 
Joined
Aug 6, 2009
Messages
742
Likes
541
Location
Lummi Island, WA
Keep in mind that the initial aggressiveness of new cbn wheels will settle in with use. When new, it’s incredible how much steel they can move. I recently replaced the 180 wheel that I use for most sharpening, and the new wheel cuts more like the 80 grit on the other side that is used almost exclusively for scrapers. Mine have been going strong for years now - I believe it’s been 12 years since I replaced the matrix wheels with cbn. These things seem to last forever.
The new 180 is starting to settle down now, after about 6 months of use. In general, when they’ve been ‘seasoned in’ my old 180 probably cut more like a 360 grit and the older 80 grit is probably the equivalent to a new 180. In the meantime, I tend to take it real easy when refreshing an edge. I really like the fact that my tools seem to also last much longer…
 
Joined
Aug 14, 2007
Messages
5,544
Likes
2,899
Location
Eugene, OR
The 80 grit wheel can do some minor 'reshaping' of tools. However, if you need to do some serious reshaping, then a 36 grit wheel or a 36 grit belt on a heavy duty sander is needed.

robo hippy
 
Back
Top