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#480783 - 05/16/17 02:29 PM Re: Soft steel carding wheel [Re: Mike Hunter]
B. Graham Offline
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Registered: 08/07/13
Posts: 343
Loc: Durham NC
Originally Posted By: Mike Hunter
That speed controller will most likely NOT work with a buffer, especially not a Baldor.

Thanks. The unit didn't really cost me anything, but that doesn't mean I care to waste it by burning it up. I'll leave well enough alone and find another unit that's slower.

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#480791 - 05/16/17 03:42 PM Re: Soft steel carding wheel [Re: B. Graham]
Der Ami Offline
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Registered: 07/04/12
Posts: 2471
Loc: East Alabama
I just use a double ended mandrel, with a large pully on one side, powered by an old washing machine motor. Old school solution, but cheap and easy. You can make any speed you need, by varying size of pully.
Mike

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#480796 - 05/16/17 05:07 PM Re: Soft steel carding wheel [Re: B. Graham]
Mark II Offline
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Registered: 12/06/11
Posts: 394
I have had good results using a bench top drill press. I typically set it at the second highest speed. Depending on the barrel steel I can get a nice bright finish. In my experience carding too much is better than not enough. YMMV

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#481188 - 05/22/17 09:56 AM Re: Soft steel carding wheel [Re: Mark II]
B. Graham Offline
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Registered: 08/07/13
Posts: 343
Loc: Durham NC
Originally Posted By: Mark II
I have had good results using a bench top drill press. I typically set it at the second highest speed. Depending on the barrel steel I can get a nice bright finish. In my experience carding too much is better than not enough. YMMV

I've got a press that runs slow, but it does not have any variability control. I've got a pair of wheels coming, so I'll have some options to try between the press and the polisher.

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#487535 - 08/09/17 10:29 AM Re: Soft steel carding wheel [Re: B. Graham]
Ken61 Offline
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Registered: 03/24/13
Posts: 2849
Loc: Iowa
One thing I want to mention is when using these wheels is the necessity of using eye protection and a dust mask. Often, small pieces of the wire break off. They usually end up in your hands, but I have actually had to pick pieces out of my fore head.

Besides wearing protection, you should always have tweezers, a needle, and a source of magnification handy to get them right away, before they go deeper into your skin and cause infection.

Regards
Ken


Edited by Ken61 (08/09/17 10:34 AM)
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