circumference and back of the grinding wheels as a
WHEEL CARE AND STORAGE
safety device, and an adjustable toolrest mounted in
front of each wheel to support the tool bits while they
It's easy to damage or break grinding wheels if
are being ground.
you mishandle them or store them improperly.
Whenever you handle them, take care not to drop
While you grind on the periphery of the wheel on
them or bump them against other hard objects.
a pedestal grinder, you will grind on the side of the
Store grinding wheels in a cabinet or on shelves
wheel on a carbide tool bit grinder. The straight cup
large enough to allow selection of a wheel without
wheel (fig. 5-10) is similar to the wheels used on most
disturbing the other wheels. The storage space should
carbide tool bit grinders. Some carbide tool grinders
protect against high humidity, contact with liquids,
have a straight cup wheel on one side of the grinder
freezing temperatures, and extreme temperature
and a straight wheel, such as the type used on a
changes. Also secure grinding wheels aboard ship to
pedestal or bench grinder, on the other side.
prevent them from being damaged when the ship is at
sea. Stack thin cutoff wheels on a rigid surface
The adjustable toolrest has an accurately ground
without any separators or blotters between them.
groove or keyway across the top of its table. This
Stack flaring cup wheels flat with the small ends
groove holds a protractor attachment that you can set
together. Store all other types of wheels upright on
to the desired cutting edge angle. The toolrest will
their rims with blotters between them. A sheet metal
also adjust to permit grinding the relief angle.
cabinet lined with felt or corrugated cardboard to
prevent wheel chipping makes good storage.
If your carbide tool grinder has a coolant system,
be sure you direct an ample, steady stream of coolant
CARBIDE TOOL GRINDER
at the point where the tool meets the wheel. An
irregular flow may allow the tool to heat up and then
be quenched quickly. which may crack the carbide. If
like a pedestal grinder with the toolrest on the side
your grinder has no coolant system, let the carbide
instead of the front. The main components of the
cool in the air; do NOT dip it in water when it
carbide tool grinder are a motor with the shaft
extended at each end to mount the grinding wheels,
the pedestal that supports the motor and is fastened to
the deck, wheel guards mounted around the
Carbide-tipped tool bits may have either disposable
or brazed cutting edges. The disposable-tip tool bit
needs no sharpening; just dispose of the tips when
their cutting edges become dull. Sharpen the
brazed-tip tool bit on the carbide tool bit grinder.
For best results with carbide-tipped tool bits, use
a silicon-carbide wheel for roughing and a diamond
impregnated wheel for finishing.
Figure 5-10.--Crown on the working face of a wheel for a
Figure 5-9.--Carbide tool grinder.
carbide tool bit grinder.