Some interesting metal working tools

SuperBuickGuy

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I have been using the HF cutoff wheels for the last 20 years they are cheap and work well. i have tried more expensive ones and they are just more expensive and don't provide extra cutting time. also I have never had one fly apart on me, I do use a guard and full face mask and if i dont have a jacket on I use a leather apron
this is such a YMMV - for me, HF (which includes any 'cheap' abrasive), lasts 1/3rd as long as name brand stuff. If we're talking body abrasives - sandpaper and such - that number is more like HF lasts 25% as long as 3M (or similar). I haven't had many blades come apart, however, if it has - it was pretty much my fault - such as using a cut off wheel as a sanding disk... Or, (and you wouldn't love me if I didn't point this out) there are some people who break anvils in a sandbox - for them, it really doesn't matter the quality.... just sayin'

I just watched the video... none of those are professional-level abrasives. Every one of those are either Home Improvement stores (e.g. Home Depot), or HF...

professional brands

Norton
3M
United Abrasives

All of those tests were of Chinesium brands... all of them... probably all made by the same manufacturer. With that said, DeWalt and Milwaukee are starting to fix their abrasives line, so some are actually pretty good.... but lord help you if you get some NOS
 
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rtj

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Well, I’ll warn any one who buys the HF wire wheels, you need to wear a face shield and heavy clothes as they tend to throw wires. :)
 

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Yeah, digging wire out of your denim jeans is a bit disconcerting.

I like the rivet idea:

 

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Cutting a circle out of that wheel was impressive (if they lasted more than once)!
 

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Yeah, I always figured those dremel wheels were too pricey and broke too easy, so thought this was interesting. I bet a punch system might work good.

The rivet buffing wheel is a good one, probably best if you use SS rivets.
 

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I am impressed with the shears they used to cut out the small wheel. That's gotta be tough on the blades.
 
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interesting, around here you can buy these mega kits at costco or BJs for pretty cheap, and they have all the accessories with them
 
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What I found was I have a drawer full of those dremel parts, but the fiber cut off wheels and the arbors get used up fast.
 
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