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Author Topic: Wheels for Cutting Opal  (Read 2539 times)

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Amylynn

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Re: Wheels for Cutting Opal
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2018, 01:02:45 PM »

How do you guys feel about wheel size for cutting opals?


I'm building a machine and trying to figure out if I want 4" or 6" wheels. The prices i'm looking at are pretty close to being the same for either size for Diamond Pacific wheels.
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Re: Wheels for Cutting Opal
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2018, 06:18:24 PM »

It doesn't make a bit of difference to me.  I cut on a Genie - 6" wheels.  I think you'd like the 6" wheels better, though, because if you cut other material, the larger wheel surface is helpful.
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Re: Wheels for Cutting Opal
« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2018, 06:59:06 AM »

    I frequently jump to a Silicon Carbide belt after the hard diamond wheels. I go to a broken in 400 grit SC wet belt to remove any scratches in jasper, agate and opals. The wide belt really takes the work out of getting a really nice shaped stone. It also saves the Nova wheels from a ton of wear.
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