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post #1 of 5 Old 06-04-2011, 03:01 AM Thread Starter
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Sharpening lathe tools.

Ok I just got my Wolverine and Elsworth jigs in for sharpening my tools. I also received my grinding wheel which I thought was the white wheel but just by looking I know that ain't White.

Is this Blue grinding wheel good enough, same or better then the White ones?
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The Norton wheels are good. some like them better than the white wheels. They do last longer and don't groove as bad from what I hear. I purchased one when they were on sale but my white ones are holding up really well and it might be a year or more before I need to change it.
Wheels are colored by the manufacturer to show what they are but they may vary by company. The Blue, pink and white wheels are all good wheels for sharpening High Speed Steel. They each vary slightly simply because that company has decided what's what this particular wheel needs to sell to their customers.
The most important thing is how you use the wheel. True it up, keep it running true, clean it periodically, use light pressure to sharpen your tools and any of the 3 mentioned above will give you years of good service.
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I am running Norton blue K wheels on my grinder now. Norton blue SG wheels even better! Jerry Glaser recommended SG wheels for sharpening his tools.

Have also ran white (Pacific) & pink (Camel) K grade wheels. Also ran Camel & Norton J white wheels too.

Just follow advice John provided.
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Thanks for the info. This was one of those situations that I thought I ordered a white wheel like was suggested to me but got something different in the mail. Either I wasn't looking good, had a bad picture or they sent the wrong one. I was just surprised it was blue.
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Did you get a diamond wheel sharpener to true up the face of the wheel and keep it clean? The T shaped ones work well. Available at woodcraft type stores, about 10-15.00.
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