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Posted in response to Need advice for silicone to diamond upgrades from Rob Noble on November 01, 2011 at 03:14:23:

Re: Need advice for silicone to diamond upgrades

Rob,
First comment, remember, the deeper the scratches you create the longer it takes to remove them and the secret to a great polish is to remove ALL the scratches.
I to have been there and diamond is the only way to go. Silicon carbide has it's place, but when it comes to agate, it's diamond.
Unless your doing alot of agate shapeing the coarse wheels can be hazardous in creating deep scratches and also can weaken fragile material like Larimar.
You have a limited number of wheels and personally I'd prefer finer wheels to coarse. If you have large amounts of excess material, I'd use a trim saw and alot of perpendicular to the cabs outline cuts.
Well worn belts and wheels have there place when it comes to prepolish. So keep that in mind. Alot has to do with time and the quanity of cabs your cutting and the overall efficiency your looking for.
As to the wheels, Sintenered is a choice if your going to cut large quanities but they are costly. I deal with Kingsley North, they have a great selection.
Good luck and I'm sure you'll get more advise.

From John from W Pa - November 04, 2011 at 04:48:28
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