Follow along as I fabricate and TIG weld a cell phone mount to be used on various tripods. I paid for this with my own money. This is NOT a sponsored video. During this project, I get an opportunity to review the Lenox Metal Max diamond cutoff wheel. It's rated for 1000 cuts! So far I am very impressed!
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The one i'm using in the video is made by Ansen (link in description). I use this one pretty exclusively for tig welding because I like that it's high frequency. I use the Blue Demon exclusively for stick because I love the arc. I just discovered my Ansen had a gas leak. It wasn't a big deal to fix but still a hassle. I also have a video of how I found the gas leak and how I fixed them.
Thanks for showing us how those diamond cutoff discs work, it really seems like a wonderful alternative to having to breath in the dust from those abrasive cutoff discs. Now I am going to be buying a couple of those for myself too.
I used it again today to V out a piece of metal that was stress cracked so that I could butt weld it. It was the first time I have used it for joint prep, rather than just using it to cut. I was impressed with how accurate I was able to trace the crack and V it out, plus you don't have to worry about abrasive dust if you plan to tig it. It didn't bounce around at all. It seems like the more I use it the better it gets...maybe it's me and I'm just getting better at using it of maybe it's a combination of it breaking in...im not really sure.
D Rickard I completely agree. I haven’t cut much angle with it but when it comes to cutting plate, I love it. I have made a few cuts with it on angle and I dislike cutting angle with this blade just as much as I dislike cutting it with abrasive wheels. My only complaint is that the blade jumps if your not up to speed. I find that I’m using this more often lately and I feel like I’m getting better at operating it, if that makes sense?
I found that I'm using mine less and less, especially with angle iron and square tubing...it's like you said, it has to be at speed at contact or it jumps all over the place. It's definitely noisier and slower but I don't know by how much. It's also less forgiving if you get a little sideways with it. It won't self destruct like an abrasive disc but it will throw the grinder back at you. The one big positive is that the diameter stays the same so you have the same depth of cut over and over again.
I'm guessing I probably have about 500 cuts on it so far. It still cuts as good as day one. The one thing I noticed that is different than an abrasive wheel is that if you dont have it up to full speed before you contact the metal, it will skip a little. Other than that, way better than an abrasive in my opinion. It might cut slightly slower but I'm not positive. If it does, not having abrasive dust all through the shop is more than a fair trade off.
Was interested in these cutoff wheels but I read lots of conflicting reviews! Please keep us posted on how it works for you.. I make loads of things with rebar and thought maybe you could create some videos with weldable rebar projects? Just a thought..
Ray B. Thanks man, I will see what I can do! I love this cutoff disc. Probably the part I like best is that it never wears down in size. It remains the same. I have a few hundred cuts in it and it doesn't seem any different. So far I'm loving it.
That works.. Here is something else that works very well, costs about $5.00 and 10 minutes to build..
You just use the existing camera bracket that comes with the tripod, a coupler nut, a spring, a carriage bolt, an extra couple of nuts, and two pieces of PVC pipe...
Folks underestimate that grinder dust-its evil stuff, I always cut and grind at the open doors of my playpen-oops-I mean workshop, I saw a bloke servicing MIG welders in Fabrication shop, the amount of dust inside the covers was incredible.Not good for drills etc either, not to mention lungs. I made some phone mounts by bending some small angle out of sheet and welding them to the back plate, I made them oversize, then glued foam to tha back plate, and put draught excluder foam srip in the angle to hold the foam, the phone just slid in.
I once drilled and tapped the phone-but that did not work out so well :) :) (only kiddin guys).
Jaques, your comments are always interesting. I found myself using the word "earth" in this Fridays video when I was referencing the ground clamp! That's for you buddy! When I was younger, I never really paid much attention to dust. Now that im older, and hopefully wiser, I actually try to control it. I like your idea on the mount....the drill and tap one, not so much...haha :) :)
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