I have been using CBN grinding wheels for sharpening my turning tools for a year and have found them to be a real asset. The wheels are factory balanced, which makes my grinders run very smooth. The grinding wheels have 11/2" face to use, they don't need any dressing therefore I don't have the mess of truing wheels and I don't breathe the dust related to dressing wheels. There is no bluing of the steel, as these grinding wheels put very little heat into the tool. In a normal sharpening, you can still touch the end of the tool. If you noticed in the pictures of the grinders, I have removed the guards. You can remove the guards with these wheels because there is no chance of them blowing up. With the guards off, you have better light and no shadows from the guards when sharpening your tools. You still should use eye protection. I use 180 grit for my beading tools, skews and spindle gouges. I use 80 grit for shaping and sharpening any of my larger turning tools. They do produce a great edge.The CBN wheels are specifically designed to grind HSS.
Posted by Darrell Singleton on Sep 21st 2016
I've seen and used these CBN wheels to sharpen wood lathe toolsin the past and knew that I would eventually purchase one of my own. My turn finally came and I ordered my 8" wheel from D-Way Tools because not only was he a local dealer but he had the best price.
My wheel was shipped within 12 hours after I placed my order and I received it in two days.
My new CBN wheel does a great job when sharpening my tools without the heat build up that you get from other regular grinding wheels. I get a nice sharp edge for a good smooth cut.
This was a great investment.
Posted by Michael Nasholm on Aug 17th 2016
Loving this cbn wheel..should last a lifetime...perfectly balanced
Posted by Jerry Huxley on Aug 15th 2016
Love the wheel. Installed with no problems. Leaves tools very sharp with no bluing.
Posted by Scott on Aug 13th 2016
My order was processed quickly and I received my wheel in two days normal delivery.
The 180 grit wheel works well and is wide enough that I don't slide off the wheel while sharpening.
Product is well balanced and the bushing fit perfectly.
Posted by Yuval Yeoman on Jul 28th 2016
I purchased one 180 CBN wheel last week. I mounted it on my grinder and was very surprised. I expected it to be good, but it was great. It is quiet and very effective at both touching up and reshaping my tools. And, best of all, no dust! I will be purchasing another soon so I don't have to keep changing the jig around when sharpening gouges and scrapers.
Posted by patrick on Jul 10th 2016
the best grinding wheels i have ever used. three thumbs up. thanks dave. 'nuff said.
Posted by Joe McGill on Jun 22nd 2016
This is my second CBN wheel from D Way. The first was purchased about 3 years ago and is still flawless. This second wheel was purchased as a gift. Over the past few years a number of other retailers have brought CBN wheels to the market and I have checked them out. None of them are remotely close to quality. One friend purchased a wheel from a very popular retailer and went back to his fryable white wheel! Buy cheap, cry twice.
Posted by Unknown on May 5th 2016
I am so impressed with the quality of this grinding wheel. It is so well balanced that at times I wonder if the grinder will ever stop when turned off.
Posted by steve on Apr 25th 2016
I recently bought an 80 grit CBN wheel in the hopes it could mostly replace my 80 grit belts, it has!
Very pleased with the end product. I do free hand sharpening of knives mostly and this wheel on a 3600 rpm grinder is very aggressive and you must have a light touch, I'd recommend a slow or variable speed set up.
I still need the belt but this wheel has taken up 80-90% of the work! It also holds the heat down compared to the aluminum oxide belts.
Big thumbs up from premier sharpening.com
Posted by Ken Lakits on Apr 23rd 2016
After chatting with the Owner of D - WAY tools when he called me too answer questions I had about turning and what I needed. I explained I was new to turning, but not woodworking. He recommended which tools to buy and not to buy as of now to get started. The subject came up about sharpening, I commented I had a slow speed wet grinder. He replied you'll get rid of that, there messy and take to long CBN is the way to go. After 2 weeks I'm like this wet grinder is not working out for turning tools. It's fine for my planes and hand chesils. Taking way to long and gouging the wheel.
After getting my 1 hp Rikon slow speed grinder and wolverine one jig like Dave recommend I put a 180 wheen on. After initial set-up took me 6 seconds to sharpen 1 inch spindle gouge. 5 seconds on 1/2 spindle gouge. CBN'S ARE AMAZING. My tools are razor sharp instanly... My machinist buddies all are impressed as well which tells me something.
Initial set up for grinder, wolverine jug and wheel is about 700 but turners warned me the lathe isn't expensive it's the tools, chucks and sharpening that adds up. Don't use anything else this n is the ticket.
All prices are in USD