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edspedalcars
07-18-2015, 05:54 PM
I've been wanting a metal 'cutoff' saw, some time now. I just haven't been able to justify the cost.

I don't need one of the larger ones. I think I have found the alternative.

I will be using square tubing for the StreetRunner build, and would like to have cleaner, squarer cuts.
I've been looking for some time, at the various DIY, 4 1/2" stands.

I have 3 grinders. (2) from HF, which I really like, for their ease of use,
and a heavy duty one from Sears, which rarely gets used.
It will be perfect for adapting to this stand.

Anyway, long story short, I was looking at the www.Northerntool.com catalog, and found this.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/NTESearch?storeId=6970&ipp=24&Ntt=angle+grinder+stand

I should receive it next week. I will post the receipt, setup, and operation.

Twinkle
07-18-2015, 06:18 PM
Hi Ed

We got one from Machine Mart here in the UK , it works but I still prefer my Rage 3 :joker:

its a bit hungry on discs - but I reuse the worn disc in a hand held grinder

regards emma

edspedalcars
07-18-2015, 07:07 PM
Hi Ed

We got one from Machine Mart here in the UK , it works but I still prefer my Rage 3 :joker:

its a bit hungry on discs - but I reuse the worn disc in a hand held grinder

regards emma

Hi Emma

I had thought about using my wood working miter saw, and even my band saw.
But there were to many 'if's', as to whether it would work, or whether they would be damaged.
So I opted to not try. For the little use I need it for, this should work just fine.

FrankCrank
07-18-2015, 07:42 PM
....I have a similar one Ed, very good tool I think. For the larger stuff, you'll have to rotate it a few times to fully cut, rather than one cut, but it's no big deal. Also handy just as a makeshift bench grinder, which I don't have, used it to sharpen drills, debur, sanding.....many uses..:stooge_curly:

edspedalcars
07-29-2015, 01:14 PM
It's Here, It's Here !!!

It appears to be well made, though a couple of pieces feel like they are plastic.
I couldn't use my heavier, more powerful Craftsman grinder, because the bolts supplied, (3 different sizes), were to small.
For now I'm using my, HF grinder, which is working just fine. I will need to get a couple of bolts, that are the correct size, and then I can switch out the grinders.

http://s24.postimg.org/51zy1yo2p/Angle_Grinder_Stand_002.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/51zy1yo2p/) http://s24.postimg.org/jmh0wsj1d/Angle_Grinder_Stand_003.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/jmh0wsj1d/) http://s24.postimg.org/oz5vax6xt/Angle_Grinder_Stand_004.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/oz5vax6xt/)

I didn't like the short handle, so added enough so the heal of my hand rests on the extension.
Depth of cut is not very far, but for me it is a minor inconvenience, instead of trying to get it straight by hand.
The grinder on/off switch is now hard to get to, so I am using a power strip.

http://s24.postimg.org/nle8fm7oh/Grinder_stand_test_001.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/nle8fm7oh/) http://s24.postimg.org/ooycrksbl/Grinder_stand_test_004.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/ooycrksbl/)

Very first cut, after rotating to complete cut.
The cuts were square, (except for 'my' misalignment while rotating the tube).
Maybe next time I will place a 'stop block', to ensure exact placement.
The burrs left were much smaller than the cut I got from the metal supplier.

http://s24.postimg.org/b9bc24jtt/Grinder_stand_test_005.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/b9bc24jtt/)

Completed cuts, for welding practice.
I choose to use the (1.5"x1.5") .065 as my sacrificial piece to cut, and act as my welding practice piece.
I'll let you know how that goes in my 'Ed's StreetRunner' build thread.

http://s24.postimg.org/gna49o9k1/Grinder_stand_test_009.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/gna49o9k1/)

So, there you have it. IMO, not bad for $26.00.
A nice little addition to my tool collection.

DannyC
07-29-2015, 03:15 PM
Looks great!
I bet it will pay for itself in no time.

macka
07-31-2015, 10:53 AM
I mark the cut all the way around, so I have a reference point on all sides. Just something I learned from experience.

edspedalcars
07-31-2015, 12:30 PM
I mark the cut all the way around, so I have a reference point on all sides. Just something I learned from experience.

Hi Macka

This was only a function check of the grinder setup. I just wanted to check my squaring of the disc and table.
And to make sure it wasn't going to fly apart in my face.

One reason for getting this, was so I could obtain smoother, straighter and squarer cuts, requiring less grinding/filing after the cut, which it has done.

The misalignment was 'extremely' minute, but me being a 'wanna be perfectionist', I had to mention it.
One or two swipes with a file and it would have been 'spot on'.
Actually when I rotated the tube, I aligned it, by placing the disc 'in' the slot, aligned it, clamped it, then lifted the disc and started the grinder.

But thanks for the suggestion.

HHJJ
08-23-2015, 10:59 AM
Hi folks.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sun-23-aug/

Aldis (UK) doing angle grinders 19.99 and angle grinder stands 12.99 today.
As my Clarke grinder switch has stuck on on I have invested in both the Aldis Workzone grinder and stand.
Haven't tried it out yet but I am liking the look of it.
Handle can go on the top or the side.
The switch is a squeeze one rather than one that you push slide with thumb , so I am hopeful the sticking on problem won't occur with this one.
It comes with spare carbon bushes.
...and I like the colour too!

....oh, and it has a variable speed too.

It is 125mm disks rather than 115mm but M14 shank.

...perhaps I will get on with the bike building again now.

edspedalcars
08-23-2015, 12:00 PM
Hi folks.

https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sun-23-aug/

Aldis (UK) doing angle grinders 19.99 and angle grinder stands 12.99 today.
As my Clarke grinder switch has stuck on on I have invested in both the Aldis Workzone grinder and stand.
Haven't tried it out yet but I am liking the look of it.
Handle can go on the top or the side.
The switch is a squeeze one rather than one that you push slide with thumb , so I am hopeful the sticking on problem won't occur with this one.
It comes with spare carbon bushes.
...and I like the colour too!

....oh, and it has a variable speed too.

It is 125mm disks rather than 115mm but M14 shank.

...perhaps I will get on with the bike building again now.

Hi HHJJ

Your stand looks like a cousin, to mine.
I find it comical that your handle is, 'on the right', and 'mine is on the left'.

The only thing I'm not liking with mine, (no problem yet), is the clamp isn't real great.

Good luck with yours

darnthedog
08-23-2015, 01:45 PM
[QUOTE=HHJJ;99187]Hi folks.

/QUOTE]

Hi Hilary- Long time no hear- How's your Trike doing?
Thanks for the link by the way. Might be a bit of a reach for us USA folks to import. But it look pretty nice anyways.

edspedalcars
08-23-2015, 03:50 PM
Grinder Stand Upgrade

I bought the stand with the intention of using my heavier more powerful grinder.
Come to find out, that none of the different sizes bolts, supplied with the stand, would fit my grinder, URG !

So I've been using my newest HF grinder, but now I was back to swapping disc again.

Well, I just knew I must have a couple of bolts that would fit, and today I found them.
They were odd thread size for what I'm doing, so they were placed back, ......waayback, out of sight.

So with new bolts and nuts firmly in hand, I set about modifying the stand to accept, the larger bolts.

First thing I did, was drill out the brackets to accept larger bolts.
Found out that the brackets that hold the grinder are not 'plastic', but a really light weight aluminum.

http://s24.postimg.org/ua7g9s5sx/grinder_stand_upgrade_002.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/ua7g9s5sx/)

Next I had to cut down the bolts as they were way too long.
http://s24.postimg.org/hwum2vg4h/grinder_stand_upgrade_003.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/hwum2vg4h/)

Positioning and squaring
http://s24.postimg.org/933plrt5t/grinder_stand_upgrade_008.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/933plrt5t/)

I added nuts and washers on the outside, to make double sure things stay tight.
There is normal vibration, that can cause some degree of misalignment.
http://s24.postimg.org/4ihj6u9gh/grinder_stand_upgrade_009.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/4ihj6u9gh/)

Because this grinder is just a bit larger than my other two, the cutting disc does not line up in the slot.
So, I'm sitting on the idea, of just letting the disc cut it's own slot.

I suppose I could take the time and effort, to take it all apart, and file the mounting holes, (elongate) them. Nah !
http://s24.postimg.org/f6la5ojfl/grinder_stand_upgrade_010.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/f6la5ojfl/)

That's it, one each grinder stand, modified.

Ticktock
08-23-2015, 07:36 PM
The handles are on opposite side because you are on opposite sides of the pond!!
Steve G

sandman
08-24-2015, 01:07 PM
The handles are on opposite side because you are on opposite sides of the pond!!
Steve G
You just cant beat a bit of Antipodean logic ;)

HHJJ
08-24-2015, 05:17 PM
Hi DarnTheDog.
How are you doing?

I haven't been doing any work on the bikes/trikes I'm afraid.
I have been kept busy with other things and it has been the windiest, coldest summer that I ever recall here, so I have hardly been out on the DF to spur me on to build recumbent.
It's been too windy mostly to sit in the yard and tinker with bicycles even.
I'm trying to work myself up to getting on with it now though.

Hi Mr Ed.
I've been for a trolley through your thread and seen the vid of your first test drive.
Well done! The seat is looking like it's going to be craftsman made.

edspedalcars
08-24-2015, 09:20 PM
Hi Mr Ed.
I've been for a trolley through your thread and seen the vid of your first test drive.
Well done! The seat is looking like it's going to be craftsman made.

I'm assuming you're talking about the Inferno thread.
I hope you brought a lunch along. Maybe I need to make a slide video, so people can fast forward.
If you made it through all the way, I commend you, for your interest and perseverance.

Sometimes, I want to recall something, and even though I wrote it, it takes awhile to find things.

Ticktock
08-25-2015, 10:33 AM
Sandman,
Now you are trying to confuse me by using big words!!!
Steve G

edspedalcars
08-31-2015, 09:37 PM
Update ! Buying cut-off discs

I have been buying my 'flap discs' from the below link.

http://heleta.com/index.php/home/

But for those that like to frequent Harbor Freight, for certain things, this might tweak your interest.

Current sale on 40 grit, metal cut off wheels, with a 'Super Coupon'. Pack of 10, @ $4.99 each.
(Max purchase 5 packs)(Item # 61195/45430, $7.99 regular price)

http://www.harborfreight.com/4-12-in-40-grit-metal-cut-off-wheel-10-pc-61195.html

Current price @ Heleta, $6.70 for a pack of 10. (Plus flat $7.00 shipping)

Look for the (Super Coupon) coupon, which was good until the end of September.
My coupon came in the monthly flyer, I receive at home.

I am using these up fairly quick, so today, I bought 5 packs. That should hold me for awhile.