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09-02-2010, 08:16 PM #1

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implmex Location: Vancouver BC
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Surface grinding 440 C Stainless


Hi All;
Can any of you recommend a good wheel for grinding hardened 440 C stainless.
I had 2 blocks to do today and they were hair tearing nightmares.
46J aluminum oxide wheel... redress after every pass.
Super blue wheel also 46J...not much better.
I was running 0.0005" DOC and 0.050 cross feed, and could watch the wheel deteriorate with every pass to the
point that after 2" of cross travel on a 7" block the wheel was gone and howling from the pressure.
0.00025" DOC or 0.001" DOC didn't make any difference.
This stuff seems as bad as D2.
Cheers

Marcus
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09-03-2010, 06:16 AM #2

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Grinding-Wheels What is the temper of the material?

Aluminum oxide wheels are the right choice. The hardness of that 440C has a great effect on the choice of a
proper grinding wheel. If the material is in a soft annealed condition, get a harder wheel such as a K. If it's
really hard, go to a softer grade such as an H.

I don't know what a "super blue" wheel is. If you mean a Norton 5SG (seeded gel), that should be a good
performer in 440c, but again the choice of wheel hardness grade must be a good match for the workpiece
hardness.
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09-03-2010, 08:05 AM #3

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I would use a 60 J or K if it's 50 + R/C and coolant. Make sure your diamond is sharp and you are getting a
good dress, it will make a world of difference.

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09-03-2010, 09:09 PM #4

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Nasty miserable 440 C


Thanks PixMan and RJT:
The steel is 45 RC, so a J wheel should be about right, interpolating from your recommendations.
I've ground mostly mold steels in my career, and I've found wheel brands and grades over the years that work
well for me...this stuff made me feel like a beginner again!!
I also wasted a lot of time setting up and balancing different wheels before I just gave up and started dressing
after each pass.
I got through the job but I had to cheat a bit and kiss the blocks with a cutter on the mill to get them within
0.002" of finished size.
My pain was reduced to "manageable" after that.
PixMan, the "super blue wheel" does indeed refer to the Norton SG.
RJT, I tried a 60J but no joy.
Dress was really open...fast traverse, new diamond, 0.001" DOC.
I did run with flood coolant.
Thanks again guys, for your help.
Cheers

Marcus
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09-04-2010, 09:32 AM #5

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I have found with grinding 400 series stainless you just have to live with the fact of a ton of wheel breakdown.

You may feed .010" but only remove .001".

I have only ground annealed 400 series, never hardened so I have to assume this just makes the situation
worse.

When quoting take your best guess on time them multiply by 3 or 5 and that is probably what it will actually
take you.

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09-04-2010, 11:25 AM #6

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Try a 38A46I

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