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Prototype in-line fuller wheel


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prototyped my new in-line fuller grinder with interchangeable wheels. Some kind of plastic hub, bearings, and plywood wheel. with a ripped down 80 grit J-flex belt, cut pretty nice 5/16 grooves in this piece of scrap steel. Now to make a few more plywood wheels with different radii

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49 minutes ago, Iron John Logan said:

I think hard rubber wheels would make this a lot better.

 

Would it be possible to use some sort of epoxy or tape (or caulk?) around the rim to help make the plywood last longer?  

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Very cool idea!  If you think there's a market for it, Sunray polyurethane can make a run with steel or aluminum hubs and polyurethane tires at whatever thickness and durometer you want, but I'm sure it wouldn't be very cheap.  https://www.sunray-inc.com/products/wheels/

They're the cheapest I know of.  For instance, an 8" contact wheel is $133, about a third what some places charge.

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How hard is it to track that thing :O Have you tried roller-blade wheels? They come with the bearings and sometimes free rollerblade boots attached. 

Obviously the bearing speed would be much higher with a smaller diameter wheel. 

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We've ordered some custom wheels from Sunday at work over the years.  They'll make very small quantities for about the same cost per wheel as their standard products.

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