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Hey guys

I just purchased a new drill press ( 1 hp motor), and now I'm in the marked for a belt grinder. The one i've found has a 2" belt and a 2 hp (1.5 KW), but is that enough power for grinding scale off of steel and making stock removal knives ?

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Check out the DVD on the DVD and belt grinder kits page of www.WayneCoeArtistBlacksmith.com. then the motors and VFDs page.

I recommend a 1.5 or 2 hp motor.

Let me know if I can help you.

Wayne

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Thanks guys :D . Okay, didnt realize the scales were that kinda trouble, since i've been filling by hand until now.... A single blade takes me around 3-4 weeks like that. But great I will remove the scales with an angle grinder first then :)

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Gary is right in that the fire scale will destroy a brand new 36-grit ceramic belt in just a few minutes.  You probably even noticed how hard it was to file through if you were doing it by hand.  

You can also soak the blade in vinegar overnight to remove the scale.  I tend to favor this approach if I am not in a hurry because I hate the noise my angle grinder makes...

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Rather than grinding with an angle grinder to remove fire scale, first soak it in cheap white vinegar, wipe it down,  then wire brush with a cup brush on an angle grinder.  The vinegar will loosen the fire scale so that most will wipe off but the cup brush will get the rest.

Let me know if I can help you.

Wayne

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