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  1. #1
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    Default best tungsten holder

    Do you guys use pin vices when you grind your tungsten? And if so where did you get them I'm looking for a really good black one..

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    Plain old fingers.

    Enco or McMaster Carr have a decent selection of pin vises. I don't personally see the benefit they'd offer for the task.
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    I have been using a pin vise to hold my tungstens for grinding.. for many many years...

    tungsten can get pretty hot and burn fingers while getting ground.... the pin vise stops that...

    it also gives you much more control for short tungstens used with flat backcaps or on stubby torches like the 24 series...

    just my 2cents worth..
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    Default best tungsten holder

    Only ever use a drill to give it a nice even point

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    Quote Originally Posted by H80N View Post
    I have been using a pin vise to hold my tungstens for grinding.. for many many years...

    tungsten can get pretty hot and burn fingers while getting ground.... the pin vise stops that...

    it also gives you much more control for short tungstens used with flat backcaps or on stubby torches like the 24 series...

    just my 2cents worth..
    If you don't glob them up so much, it doesn't generate as much heat putting the point back on them.

    I see the time used to always put them in the pin vise and any cool down delay needed as a wash, but generally still favors not using the vise. Even with the little stubbies, they don't get all that hot unless you really booger them up.

    Everyone's different though. I certainly don't fault you for what you find works best.
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    Pin vise has worked just fine for me over 40+ years..

    but to each his own...
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    I never said it didn't work for you. I said it takes longer than not using it.
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    Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 81
    Smith O/A rig
    And more machinery than you can shake a 7018 rod at

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    Default best tungsten holder

    Drill for me. Been using a drill for 10yrs now
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