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Baldor Grinder Capacitors - Low or High Voltage?

Baldor has long been recognized as the premier American brand of grinders and buffers. In order to service the farrier market, they have partnered with FPD to produce units that are easily adapted for use with various attachments such as Expander wheels, Multi-Tools, and various other useful options. From time to time we get comments from the field about heat buildup in the motor housing. We asked Baldor to provide some technical information as to why that might happen. [more]

Prepping Your Buffing/ Sharpening Wheel For Knife Sharpening

By Roy Bloom, CJF

The following information will be useful in setting up a wheel for sharpening your hoof knives, including the hook. These photos are of a wheel being set up to sharpen left hand knives. Since this type of wheel is directional, you will need to groove the opposite side of the wheel for right hand knives. Knives should always be sharpened or buffed with the blade facing down to avoid injury and to get the best results. Always make sure the wheel is rotating in the proper direction. An arrow is usually placed on these types of wheels to indicate rotational direction. [more]

Tool Maintenance: Dressing Sharpening Wheel

Buffing-sharpening wheels, also known as deburring wheels, are becoming ever more popular for sharpening and preparing to hone hoof knives. The FPD brand, or certain grit Scotch-Brite™ (a 3M product) wheels, provide an excellent method for sharpening or preparing a blade for final honing. The wheels are also useful for polishing and cleaning tools like hoof nippers. In order to get the maximum efficiency and best results, plus extend the useful life of your wheels, the following good operation practices should be followed. [more]

Tool Maintenance: Adding Groove to Sharpening Wheel

By Roy Bloom, CJF

The following information will be useful in setting up a wheel for sharpening your hoof knives, including the hook. These photos are of a wheel being set up to sharpen left hand knives. Since this type of wheel is directional, you will need to groove the opposite side of the wheel for right hand knives. Knives should always be sharpened or buffed with the blade facing down to avoid injury and to get the best results. Always make sure the wheel is rotating in the proper direction. An arrow is usually placed on these types of wheels to indicate rotational direction. [more]