Was looking for some flexible grinding wheels for my grinder.
I have a bunch that are great, but can't find them anymore.
So after doing a search I see a couple of possible replacement candidates.
So Graingers sells case only, but at twice the price of every other
While it can be had for 174.87 from :
I know this has been hashed out b4, and I know they have places all
around, but really 174 vs 422 that's a hard one to swallow. Even 229
The convenience of "one stop shopping" comes at a price, I guess.
They carry a lot of stuff that isn't easy to find, and for many
companies (and they cater to companies) are happy to pay their price
to get everything they need on one P.O. on account.
On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:32:40 PM UTC-5, woodchucker wrote:
I wouldn't have thought those 1/8" thick discs were flexible. I often use
the (24, 36, 50 grit) fiber grinding disc: https://jet.com/product/detail/
my grinder has a rubberized backing pad, to accommodate the flexing.
My local tool/equipmemt rental store has, both, my and your kind of grinder
s and grinding discs. Your tool rental outlet may have a similar selection
Yea, they are not totally flexible, but they cut like nothing else.
I had a bunch of Cronatron flexible wheels. Cronatron Welding apparently
is no longer, it looks like Lawson bought them, I think.
These cut so fast, I never went back to the hard discs again. And they
gave enough to be able to shape metal nicely and blend it. They also
seemed to last much longer than the hard discs. I'll miss them.
So I'm looking to try a couple of discs of varying manufacturers to find
Not unusual IME. I encountered these prices recently on the Werner PS-48 portable
Home Depot: $100
Grainger is a really great place to buy products that you can't find anywhere else... but a
really lousy place to buy products that you *can* find somewhere else.
You've obviously never been the place. However, I suspect if you have
credentials (meaning you'll be a high-volume customer) that they would
offer a discount.
No one has mentioned it, but a visit to the store begins with a
conversation--so they have a
(slightly?) different business model.
If I call the salesman for our account I can get a better price. In
less time I can just order from McMaster and have a better price without
asking. McMaster does not discount. I asked a few years back when we
were moving our plant and buying a lot of stuff. Everyone pays the same.
Grainger web site sucks too. Much easier to search for something on
I don't like paper catalogs of any sort. Some companies have a much
better web presence than others. They get the business. In the
general retail domain, that's Amazon. In the electronics, DigiKey. In
woodworking hardware it used to be McFeely's but they've gone down the
I love it. I've told (many) other suppliers that I'd buy from them if
they had a search engine as good. Some have told me that they have a
"new" front end that's even better. I ask if they've actually tried
Well, that may be the difference. You do have to know what you're
looking for. I do wish they did have more pictures of things like
connectors and other mechanical widgets.
Yes, it is basically a counter in front of a warehouse. The counter has
computers on it, and a cash drawer. Relaxing atmosphere with low
traffic. Surely, it's mainly a "front" for their catalog business.
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