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    political prize

    I'll try to keep this legal.
    Enneyhow, last night, we were at a big political rally for the party of our choice. My wife happened to be the chairman of the event and I am happy to say it was a smashing success. Almost 600 people turned out for entertainment, free food and speeches. Part of the activities included a 'Chinese auction' for donated prizes. The way it works is you buy some tickets and drop into the container in front of the prize you want. If your number is drawn, you win. I splurged on $4.00 worth of tickets and won this Bosch angle grinder. Price on it is $289.00. Not a bad return on my investment. It's a heavy sucka. Not sure what I am going to do with it. If it will (safely) accept those chainsaw edge circular carving blades I'll be able to make very good use of it. Otherwise it may just get the occasional use for cutting metal quicker than with a hacksaw.
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    $4? For a Bosch grinder? I'd say that was a great return on investment!!!
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    They are handy to have around. I don't do much metal work but I do find it a great tool to have around. Buy some cut off blades for metal cutting and you will never use your hacksaw again.
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    Well....they say things about the let-down after the afterglow.
    Used this monster a couple times and now wonder if I'll ever have a use for it again. It is very heavy and undoubtedly designed for shops that do heavy-duty grinding.
    Finding 10" grinding or cutting wheels is near impossible. Seems newer versions are all 9", which I could probably use OK.
    But, other than having this set somewhere unused, I need ideas or may sell or give away.
    I had thought to use one of those circular chain-saw-like wheels for carving and/or reducing chunks of wood to lathe ready pieces. But, the instructions (perhaps written by a lawyer) say not to do that. Dunno. Safe? Or risky?

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    Frank, that looks like a big grinder, 10" disks ! I just picked up a 4" "chainsaw disk" at a tool closeout warehouse store. I think they are also known as "arbortechs" or something similar. I haven't used it yet, but have seen many great things done with one on texturing turned pieces.

    If you don't need/want it, maybe you could trade it to your machinist friend for some machining work?
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    Yeah, Congrats!
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    Congrats.....nothing like spreading the wealth around.

    The way my luck runs, I'd need to spend 289 bucks to win a 4 dollar prize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Ash View Post
    Congrats.....nothing like spreading the wealth around.

    The way my luck runs, I'd need to spend 289 bucks to win a 4 dollar prize.
    Yer right. And I'm complaining.
    Just that I dislike waste. And, I have several tools that never get used. I envision my son selling them after I'm gone for fifty cents each at a garage sale. Oh, well....

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    I think I understand Frank - you don't want to have a tool you can't use much. Maybe you can sell it and buy something else. Have you looked on the bay to see what it goes for there?

    For what little it's worth, I have a Makita 4.5" grinder, that I picked up because the price was very right, and it is useful for sharpening shovels, mower blades, stuff like that.

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    Hey Frank! If it's really bothering you that much, I'll reimburse your entry fee and even pay for shipping to my address!
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