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    Hi I am interested in buying tungsten grinder and ran across the sharpie which I would probably buy there hand held middle of the road model, my question is Is there anything out there comporble for less money? and has anyone used these and what do you think of them? thanks dave
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  • #2
    I am not aware of a decent grinder in the $300 price range except the Sharpie. Mark, Dave, Andy and some other Miller TIG guys use them at road shows. They are pretty handy and do a good job for the money. The next step up is a Piranha II at $700 and a Piranha II at $1300. The specialty grinders keep on climbing in price into the $3K range.

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    • #3
      Lots of folk here with the Sharpie and as HAWK said, there really isn't anything else in that range. Those folks will chime in and give you a good assessment of the unit. I have a Piranha III from http://www.diamondground.com/ and love it but I also am one of two guys welding here and can tell you it has paid for itself in the last couple of years.
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      • #4
        I have had my sharpie for a few months now and while you can get a nice point using a grinder the sharpie is nice and fast, and will give you a correct taper every time without much effort. I have the adjustable one because I like to use 20º sometimes and 30º othertimes. The quality is very good and I can recommend it if you don't want to use a grinder.
        Regards, George

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        • #5
          Thanks Hawk and KB, the sharpie sounds like the one to go with as I am just starting out tig welding and couldn't justify spending more than that for a sharpener. I have a friend of mine that is a machinist and could take a drill bit and go over to the bench grinder and without even looking at what he is doing could sharpen a drill bit like it was brand new I have enough trouble with my drill doctor so I figured anything that could make the tig learning process a little easier would be a plus, as always thanks for the help, Dave
          Dynasty 300DX
          Miller Matic 35
          Piranha II

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          • #6
            sundown, just out of curiousity, whats the difference between the 2 angles?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hotrodwillys
              sundown, just out of curiousity, whats the difference between the 2 angles?
              30º seems to work better using lanthanated on AC while doing aluminum as the point holds up better, and it is recommended as the taper to use on AC by Thermal Arc for the TA185TSW. I like 20º for steel and SS when using my Maxstar 150 STH, and it works nice for that on the TA also.
              Regards, George

              Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
              Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
              Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

              Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
              Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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              • #8
                There is a posting on the Shop Floor Talk board that shows a homebuilt fixture that when used with a small dedicated wheel grinder using a diamond or green wheel worked acceptably.

                I am probably going to swing and buy the small HTP portable. Seems ther simplest and most cost effective for my needs.


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                • #9
                  I find that a dremel lithium and dremel diamond cutoff style wheel works great. The sharpie uses the same basic setup but just includes a fixture to hold the tungsten at a constant angle. I don't find that too difficult.

                  The reason I like the dremel lithium is that it has a flat base which makes it easy to stabilize with your legs so you can use both hands to sharpen. It is also one less electrical cord that you have to plug in

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                  • #10
                    Grinding Angles

                    Thought I'd chime in here... we have a pretty good guide (free PDF download) in our website on Grinding Tungten. It includes some information about grind angles, and the differences:

                    http://www.arc-zone.com/catalog/web_....html&cart_id=

                    And glad you guys like the Sharpie! It's one of our most popular items...

                    Originally posted by hotrodwillys
                    sundown, just out of curiousity, whats the difference between the 2 angles?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Luna
                      I find that a dremel lithium and dremel diamond cutoff style wheel works great. The sharpie uses the same basic setup but just includes a fixture to hold the tungsten at a constant angle. I don't find that too difficult.

                      The reason I like the dremel lithium is that it has a flat base which makes it easy to stabilize with your legs so you can use both hands to sharpen. It is also one less electrical cord that you have to plug in
                      I'm not sure I would want to hold something between my legs that going 10-15 thousand rpm and then be pokeing a sharp metal stick at it
                      Regards, George

                      Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
                      Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
                      Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

                      Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
                      Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sundown
                        I'm not sure I would want to hold something between my legs that going 10-15 thousand rpm and then be pokeing a sharp metal stick it it
                        Add that to Hanks tool list right under drill press!!!
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                        • #13
                          Well I called HTP today and theres is more expensive than Arc zone,, "Hey Carmen any chance of a little discount on the plug?" Hey Sundowner be careful there is a lady present
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                          • #14
                            I wish I were authorized to offer a discount.... you guys seem really nice and you always (well, usually) have nice things to say about us... if it makes you feel better, with your Arc-Zone purchase you always get M&Ms and stickers... a nice Operations Manual, including Selecting and Grinding Tungsten...


                            Originally posted by hotrodwillys
                            Well I called HTP today and theres is more expensive than Arc zone,, "Hey Carmen any chance of a little discount on the plug?" Hey Sundowner be careful there is a lady present
                            Carmen Electrode (Arc-Zone.com)
                            CarmenElectrode.com

                            powered by... Arc-Zone.com (R) Inc.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by hotrodwillys
                              Well I called HTP today and theres is more expensive than Arc zone,, "Hey Carmen any chance of a little discount on the plug?" Hey Sundowner be careful there is a lady present
                              That wasn't the way I meant it (whatever way you think I meant it?), I just didn't want anyone to stab themselves in the leg when they could buy a sharpie and get some M&M's. Ok, I ate all the one's that were sent to me, do I get some more now
                              Regards, George

                              Hobart Handler 210 w/DP3035 - Great 240V small Mig
                              Hobart Handler 140 - Great 120V Mig
                              Hobart Handler EZ125 - IMO the best 120V Flux Core only machine

                              Miller Dynasty 200DX with cooler of my design, works for me
                              Miller Spectrum 375 - Nice Cutter

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