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Old 04-07-2018, 01:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Gail Obendorf View Post
We've been saving $$ to buy some cold working equipment for our small, home based glass shop. [Something beyond my trusty dremmel ]
There are so many options and everything looks amazing & useful
We would love to get some advice on where to start.
Dependable, reasonably priced brands...
Essential, couldn't run my cold shop without it equipment...
Stay away from this...

Thanks!
I know someone who has a Somaca 106 x 4 belt machine and 24" steel top grinding wheel for sale if going to Pittsburg fits your plans.
give me a call if you want more info 804 334 8462
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Old 04-17-2018, 11:06 AM
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So, after looking at the Hot Glass book's plans, and reading the various coldworking threads, it seems I need more than one 30" grinding wheel.

Looks like ideally, I need 2 wheels with 2 grits, plus a smaller wheel for cork/cerium. 1 and 1 at least. True or False?

I have about $1500-1750 to spend. I primarily need to flatten bottoms, fix punty marks etc. Basic finishing. Will a belt sander be better for me?
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:23 PM
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A belt sander will do a poor job flattening anything. If you were to build a single machine I would suggest using diamonds and having two different pads to put on the thing. I would advocate for a machine at least 24" capacity. Probably a 120 grit pad and a finishing pad would be best. They would need a hole in the center unless you can build with a threaded opening in the underside of the wheel.
Now, I don't like that type setup and I don't use it but I have a lot of machines that I built over the decades so I can afford to be pissy. They do take up a lot of room.

You still need the 106 machine unfortunately. It is profoundly handy to have. Just don't expect it to flatten bottoms well.
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