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Forum topic by jtrz posted 05-19-2018 06:35 AM 809 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2018 06:35 AM

I bought the delta 23-196 variable speed grinder the other day and it works perfectly fine with the grinding stones it came with and I’m trying to attach a wire wheel to one side. The delta has 1/2” arbors unfortunately, the wire wheel I bought from harbor freight has 5/8” arbor hole. Actually, the packaging says it has a 1/2” adapter but there is definitely not one included. Anyways, I can’t seem to find any sort of adapters or reducers or additional arbor flanges made or recommended by delta. The stones it came with have arbor flanges attached to them.

So do I just need to find a better wire wheel or is there something I am just totally missing. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#1 posted 05-19-2018 07:01 AM

Should have come with a reducing bushing… it’s just a little plastic thing that fits in the bore and can easily go missing. If it didn’t have one, go back to HF and either get a replacement wheel or have them pull the bushing off another one and give it to you.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 05-19-2018 01:58 PM

I’ve purchased bronze bushings from the hardware store to use as reducers when switching wheels to another motor. Have also used bronze washers with nylon bushing in between to take up the extra space when the full bronze bushing was too $$

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 07:01 PM

I didn’t realize that the little plastic thing was the reducer. I thought it was some part of the packaging or something. I think one of the hardware stores nearby has what I need. I just wonder if the HF wheel is too skinny. Hopefully balancing won’t be an issue because it ran super smooth right out of the box but the weight difference between the wire wheel and the stone is substantial.

Thanks guys. We’ll see how it goes.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#4 posted 05-22-2018 03:33 AM

I’ve finally was able to figure out a way to mount the wire wheel using a combination of rubber spacers and washers.

There is maybe a tiny bit more vibration than before but I think with a little tweaking I can minimize it but it is barely noticeable.

The wire wheel itself is a bit disappointing. I tried cleaning off some rusty hardware from an old hand plane and it left the surface with these little indentions, like pock marks. I have seen other people use these wheels to clean up metal and they were getting nice and clean looking results.

If anyone can recommend a decent wire wheel please let me know.


-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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#5 posted 05-22-2018 02:25 PM

Could it be that the “pock” marks that you are seeing are actually pitting from the rust and not the wire wheel?

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#6 posted 05-22-2018 03:05 PM

I figured that term would probably get that response. They aren’t pock marks because the rust on the pieces of hardware I cleaned wasn’t really deep. They are more like slash marks rather than pock marks, to be honest. When wire wheeled the threads on the bolts to get the little bit of rust and grime out of the threads it just seemed to beat up the metal and didn’t really even get the rust and grime out all that well.

I have a lever cap from a plane that was insanely rusted and I had cleaned most of the rust off by hand but there was still some stubborn areas so I hit it with the wire wheel. It removed the rust but slashed up the cap iron in the process. Here are some photos and you can see where there are pock marks from rust and where there is just bare metal that has been roughed up and shredded.

This lever cap is definitely not made from a a very high quality steel (along with much of the rest of the plane), that is probably why the lever cap was painted in the first place, but the hardware for my old stanley is good steel and it still got abused a bit.

-- Jeff | Louisville, Ky

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