Sharpie DX tungsten grinder review
|Product Name:||Sharpie DX Tungsten Grinder|
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If you’re still looking for a way to sharpen your tungsten without ruining the electrodes or affecting its performance, try the new Sharpie DX Tungsten Grinder. It is a bit pricey compared to the other tungsten electrode grinders in the market, but the Sharpie Tungsten Grinder offers the best quality, among a few other things.
This Sharpie Tungsten Grinder review will take an in-depth look at this specific sharpener and the benefits it offers.
The grinder comes with an adjustable grind angle feature. With the Sharpie DX Deluxe model, you can grind on different angles, ranging from 15 to 45 degrees — not that you’ll need a lot of different angles often but if the situation occurs, this function allows you to grind your electrodes depending on your needs.
The only downside to this adjustable angle is that it does not provide any measuring device to let you know which angle you are adjusting it to. So you’ll just have to grind an electrode and test it by sight before grinding another one.
Aside from the adjustable grinding angle, this hand-held tungsten-grinding device also has a flat-tip function. Just turn the device around and it allows you to do a flat tip on your electrode for longer electrode tip life. The Sharpie Tungsten Grinder also has a built-in cut-off function to help remove the contaminated parts of your electrode.
However, snapping off of the contaminated parts would fracture the electrodes and could lessen the life of the diamond wheel when grinding. It is advisable, therefore, to grind the electrode well and then use the flat tip to extend the life of the electrode tip.
Easy to use
Who wouldn’t like a device that makes work easier, right?
The beauty of the Sharpie Tungsten Grinder is that it allows you to simply insert the tungsten electrode in and sharpen it like you would do to a pencil. And because it’s hand-held, you do not need any sander belts or bench grinder wheels — just stick the electrode in and then grind.
The diamond wheel is also encased in a grinding head that allows you to see where the electrode hits the wheel. Watch it grind to the desired length and then take it out. That’s how simple it is!
Once you’ve found the right angle to grind your tungsten electrode to, you do not need to go through another trial and error just to get the same or similar results. The Sharpie Tungsten Grinder comes with a function that lets you lock the sharpener to a certain angle so you can get the same high-quality result. It is consistent even after grinding multiple electrodes and it provides sharp or flat tips with a smooth finish.
The Sharpie Tungsten Grinder, just like most of the popular tungsten grinders in the market today, is made up of diamond wheels and a motor. This makes it a hand-held device that allows you to use it in your workshop, on the field, and wherever you go.
It is also light and easy to pack so you do not have to carry heavy contraptions or bring a lot of parts with you.
Most tungsten grinders that make use of wheels grab the electrodes and shoot it back to the operator, creating safety hazards. With the new Sharpie DX Tungsten Grinder, you do not need to worry about this safety issue. All you have to do is stick the tungsten electrode in and grind. The diamond wheel is encased in a grinding head so that there are no exposed wheels that could cut your fingers or throw the electrode back. It’s easy and safe.
However, it does not have any dust collection function. Therefore, it is not advisable to use it outside or in a place with sanitary requirements.
The Sharpie Tungsten Sharpener comes with a double-sided diamond wheel for a smooth and precise grinding. It also has adjustable grinding sizes that range from .040” (1.0mm) to 1/16” (1.6mm), 3/32” (2.4mm) and 1/8” (302mm).
Grinding the tungsten electrodes, especially using the traditional machinery, usually causes the splintering of tungsten electrodes and reduces its performance. However, the diamond wheel grinds against the tip of the electrode and shaves the excess electrodes off, therefore preventing it from breaking.
Diamond is known to have incredible strength, which is why grinding the electrodes does not create deep cuts against the diamond wheel. This makes the diamond wheel long-lasting and also lowers the maintenance cost of this particular tungsten sharpener. Diamond wheels are also available in the market, making it less costly to replace.
Overall, the Sharpie DX Tungsten Grinder, being a newer model, comes with an adjustable grinding angle as well as a flat tip and cut-off device. These multiple functions make it very convenient to use. It produces consistent results even after a lot of grinding. Being a hand-held grinder, it provides ease of use and portability. It can grind multiple sizes of tungsten electrodes so it is very efficient. The grinding head makes it safe and the diamond wheel provides an economical aspect to the device.
However, it lacks a dust collection function and the ability to tell the grinding angle before sharpening the electrode. Nevertheless, with a price that is similar to the existing tungsten grinders in the market today, the Sharpie Tungsten Grinder is one of the best options for a pro-hobby tungsten-grinding device.Buy it now at Amazon