I have been going through all the power tools, wire saw, grinders, wet belt sander, etc. to check for operation, cleaning, repair, parts, etc. This is an update, or rather first post on status.
Gryphon Wet Belt Sander
Sander is operational. Still need to install sanding belt to make certain belt is tracking o.k. Needs a
standard household sponge (3x5x3/4 in) for wetting belt.
Supplies: Currently have 1 80 grit, very coarse belt, 2 120 grit standard belts, and 2 very fine 400 grit belts. No additional belts ordered.
Potential Issue: Installing or changing belts is very easy, but correct tension is critical! Too loose and the belt slips, too tight and it breaks. Belts are $8 plus shipping.
Gryphon Omni 2 Diamond Wirw Saw
Operational, and in good shape. I lubricated thed the guides, as suggested in instructions. Saw has battery powered led illumination which is not operational due to corroded battery holder. Plan to replace (Tanners). Tubing still o.k., however have purchased a small supply for future use. Also the nylon nut that holds the blade is slightly rounded, so the supplied plastic wrench does not work. A standard 7/16 metal wrench does.
Supplies: We have 4 or 5 replacement wire blades, and 2 sets of replaceable blade guides. No additional supplies ordered.
Potential Issues: I noticed some damage to the lower blade guide holder, due either to a worn out/not replaced guide, or operation without guide. Guides are plastic and will wear out, but “aggessive” cutting will shorten life.
Small Glastar Grinder
This is very outdated model no unique replacement parts available. The grinder does work, and the grinder head appears serviceable. I believe the grinding heads for the newer models will fit this one. The work table is warped, and I will attempt to flatten it. The splash guard, that also serves as sponge support is missing. I plan to redesign one, and fabricate by 3D priinting.
Supplies: Only requires grinding heads and sponges. One head on the machine, no others. Sponges will be cut from standard kitchen sponges. Nothing ordered.
Potential Issues: Removing grinder head, warped work surface, no splash guard sponge holder, no eye shield.
Glastar “All Star” Grinder
This was recently retrived from storage and has not yet been thouroghly examined. I suspect it still works. Needs thourogh cleaning, Maybe replacement of rusted screws (ascetic only). Large variety of grinder heads included. The normal wetting sponge replaced with an “AquaFlow” system from TechniGlass. This a special brush beneath the table that both wets and cleans the grinder. The brush holder is ok, but brush appears worn.
Supplies: Plenty of grinders. Ordered replacement brushes for the “AquaFlow”. Can use with sponge if necessary.
Potential Issues: Removing grinder head, face shield support present, shield itself missing.
Inland Grinder (WizCG, or WizlingCG)
Only difference between models is motor power. Operational. Unit extremely diry, and difficult to clean as the glass grindings hardened into a glass cement. Also, grinder set screw corroded in place. Splash guard missing, and no face shield. As it stands, this grinder is difficult to clean. The top tablle comes off easily for rinsing, but the water reservior cannot be removed without removing the grinder. Cleaned up both table and reservior, removed grinder head and repaired. Ordered a replacement sponge holder insert for 3/4 in grinders, replacement splash guard, variety of standard grinders, and replacement sponges. Sponges ordered primarily to determine dimensions. Parts have arrived, still need to install. I also ordered an “AquaFlow” system for this grinder.
Supplies: 4 sponges, 4 grinder bits, AquaFlow conversion kit, replacement brushes for AquaFlow.
Potential Issues: Need to remove grinder bit to clean bottom tray, and then replace. Vaseline on shaft and grinder set screw to prevent siezing.
Diamond Laser 3000 Bandsaw
Not the latest model. Operational. Issue with blade not tracking appears resolved after reinsalling, and correcting tension. Valve on water drip supply frozen. Disassembled and polished stopcock. Now works. Tubing ok, but could replace if needed. Still needs some cleaning, particularly the work table and t guide.
Supplies: 1 extra blade, 1 extra drive belt
Potential issues: May require additional adjustment if blade runs off. Tension adjustment is critical, and over tensioning blade will break blade. Cost is about $75 each!
Taurus 3 Ring Saw
Not currently operational due to broken drive belt. Several replacements on order. Once installed, must further assess operational status. Bottom saw cover is missing, but it is not necessary for table operation. It is needed if saw is removed and used freehand. Replace cover available from Delphi Glass for $27.95.
Supplies: Ordered 3 belts, several special blades available.
Potential issues: Currently not known.