Judy and all.
Just thought I would through my 2 cents in here. Judy, you make a
very good point. Yes, you breath in all that stuff, Silica dust.
Have you seen the MSDS sheet on white diamond compound? If not, go to
the Rio Grande web site and take a look. Read it and keep it on file.
The other thing you may not have considered, like your health, is how
much metal you are going to loose. If you are doing copper it may not
add up to that much financially but silver and gold. That's another
story. If you use a bench grinder, before you sit down and polish for
an hour on your gold ring, do this. Take a dollar out of your wallet
and flush put it on your bench and burn it with your torch till it is
only ashes. Of course that's not going to happen but it is kind of
what you are doing. You should be cleaning your shop, the filters
from your buffer and all the dust it creates and saving it in a 5
gallon paint bucket. When it is full, send it in to the refiner. Wait
3 weeks, and then cash the check they send you, and buy more tools!
Cool isn't it.
The last time I sent my refining in, I had a check for over
$4,600.00. That buys a lot of metal and tools. It even pays for a
real nice buffer. You will never collect all that money from a bench
grinder cause you will never see all the dust you track out. Your
health will thank you later.
This isn't a place to skimp on tools. Be smart, be safe.
Phillip Scott G.G.
Technical Support & Sales