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 Dean Walker on Jul 24th 2017
the only con I can find is the sparks do not flow over the edge of the tool in the same quantity as a stone wheel, this took me a whole minute to get used to, excellent product.
Posted by Allen on May 27th 2017
this is a nice grinding wheel , the customer service is great
Posted by Ken S on Dec 12th 2016
I purchased this D-Way eight inch 180 grit flat wheel to use with my Tormek T4. The Tormek is a great sharpening machine, however, reshaping is slow. Combining D-Way and Tormek offers much faster heavy grinding combined with the control of the Tormek's 100 RPM. It allows me to use the full range of Tormek jigs without needing a second grinder.
Communication with Dave is excellent. No complaints with the fine service and informative videos. Machining is first-rate. The inch and a half width fits the T4 well. I much prefer it to using an adapted dry grinder with a narrower wheel.
A quality product from an honest dealer; I would buy again.
Posted by David Raphael on Dec 3rd 2016
Love it! I've been wanting a CBN grinding wheel for a long time, and treated myself to one for the holidays. Makes sharpening seem easier and fun, plus it's more pleasant on your ears than the stone wheels. I don't yet sharpen like the pros, but I'm getting better.
Posted by pat on Nov 13th 2016
I'm relatively new to turning and have been trying a lot of different grinding wheels and alternative ways to get a comfortable edge on gouges (e.g., 35 degree vs 40 degree bevels). My lathe club has a D-Way CBN wheel and it gets a lot of use. Everyone goes to it even though we have 3 other grinding wheels available. It does a great job and saves me from grinding my gouges to nubs or ruining the temper of the steel. I decided to buy wheels for my home shop rather that continue to use the oxide wheels that came with the grinder. Money well spent because I now enjoy tool sharpening and my bowl turning have improved...my technique is still lousy, but the cuts are cleaner.
Posted by Clark Pittman on Sep 28th 2016
In my opinion, it is not worth attempting to compare or rate the CBN grinding wheels against aluminum oxide wheels. The only thing going for the aluminum oxide wheels is their cost as compared to CBN wheels. Everything else is so much better, that even the cost (assuming you have the funds available) is a no brainer!
I am extremely pleased with the ease of use and performance of my new CBN grinding wheel.
Posted by Darrell Singleton on Sep 22nd 2016
I have seen and used these CBN wheels before and knew that one day I would purchase one for sharpening my turning tools. After doing some research I found that Dave at D-Way Tools offered the best price, plus he was local.
I placed my order one evening and it was shipped out by noon the next day and on my porch in two days.
Using this wheel gives me an excellent, clean and sharp edge every time without the dust or heat buildup that you get from regular wheels..
This was truly a great investment that will last for a long time.
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.
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