Diamond Tools FAQ

 
Diamond and diamond tools
What is diamond?
What are diamond's properties?
How diamond does what it does?
What are the advantages of using  diamond abrasives?
What is a diamond tool?
What are the general principles on How to use them?
How do you maintain diamond  tools?
How safe is a diamond saw blade?
How to convert from "mesh" units to "micron grit"?
What type(s) of diamond powders do you carry?
Important Instructions on How to Use Diamond Belts & Disks
 
Diamond Tools's Paypal & Credit Card Payment System
Do I need to be registered with PayPal to pay for my order using my Credit Card
What is PayPal?
How does PayPal work?
Why should I use PayPal?
Does PayPal cost anything?
Is it safe to use Paypal?
Who can use Paypal?
Do I need a credit card to use Paypal?
How do I sign up for PayPal?


What is diamond?

The hardest material known to men.

What are diamond's properties?
5 times harder than sapphire or ruby.
Hardness:10/10

How diamond does what it does?
Diamond particles do their work by slowly wearing out other materials.
Heat and  suddent shocks are its enemies, so slow speed is advised.

What are the advantages of using  diamond abrasives?
1)
Speed:
Faster than conventional methods.
Specially  efficient with harder  material like  hard stones ((above 5) , glass (optics), ceramic, shells,etc

2) Quality:
Limitates undercuting because it always cuts mixed soft and hard material at about an equal rate.

3) Less maintenance
No dressing is necessary with diamond grinding tools

4) Economy:
When properly used, diamond tools outlast many times any other type of tools.

What is a diamond tool?
Any tool made of diamond particles embeded in a hard material.

What are the general principles on How to use them?
1)
Always use a coolant (oil or water)
-Diamond is an excellent heat conductor.
-Heat can destroy diamonds and/or damage the material on which it is embeded.
- Coolants help reduce heat, wash away residues (increasing the efficiency of your tool) and keep  dust from forming.
-- If used with water, wipe them dry when finished

2) Some of our saws (thin type)  come with an arrow indicating  correct rotation direction. Always install these saws so they rotate in THAT direction.
-When no arrow is present, you can run in both directions.
 

How do you maintain diamond  tools?
 1) When using  a water coolant with diamond saws:
-Store your blades after each use or drain the water from your machine so the blade stays dry. when not used.
If not kept dry, these blades (made out of steel) will rust,  shortening their useful life a lot.

2)Store your tools separately  (specially smothing & polishing ones) after each use to reduce risks of contamination.

How safe is a diamond saw blade?
Since diamond saw blades cut by sort of "grinding" into the material and are not recommended for hi speed usage, they are not as dangerous as metal saws with teeth. Nonetheless, care must be taken not to abuse that fact specially with older or damaged blades, who may be  more dangerous because they are chipped or rusted rather than because they are made out of diamond.

How to convert "mesh" units to "micron grit"?
Here are conversion tables to help you figure this out:

Conversion table used in engineering

U.S. Mesh

Inches

Microns

Millimeter

3

0.2650

6730

6.730

4

0.1870

4760

4.760

5

0.1570

4000

4.000

6

0.1320

3360

3.360

7

0.1110

2830

2.830

8

0.0937

2380

2.380

10

0.0787

2000

2.000

12

0.0661

1680

1.680

14

0.0555

1410

1.410

16

0.0469

1190

1.190

18

0.0394

1000

1.000

20

0.0331

841

0.841

25

0.0280

707

0.707

30

0.0232

595

0.595

35

0.0197

500

0.500

40

0.0165

400

0.400

45

0.0138

354

0.354

50

0.0117

297

0.297

60

0.0098

250

0.250

70

0.0083

210

0.210

80

0.0070

177

0.177

100

0.0059

149

0.149

120

0.0049

125

0.125

140

0.0041

105

0.105

170

0.0035

88

0.088

200

0.0029

74

0.074

230

0.0024

63

0.063

270

0.0021

53

0.053

325

0.0017

44

0.044

400

0.0015

37

0.037

 
Conversion table used in lapidary: grit (micron)
  60 (250 mic)
120 (125 mic)
220 (90 mic)
325 (50 mic)
400 (45 mic)
600 (30 mic)
800 (25 mic)
1200 (15 mic)
1800 (9 mic)
3000 (6 mic)
8000 (3 mic)
14000 (1 mic)
50000 (.5 mic)
100000 (.25 mic)
 


What type(s) of diamond powders do you carry?
We offer various diamond powders.
Sizes go from 60 mesh to 1/4 micron.

We carry 3 distinct types of diamond powders:

1) Metal Bond Synthetic Diamond Powder (MBSDP):
Thanks to their superior metal bond retention, resistance to disintegration at very high temperatures and added strength, MBSDP is ideal for the most sensitive lapping and finishing applications. A variety of cutting edges, high particle strength and a blocky cubo-octahedral shape also makes MBSDP ideal for grinding glass tungsten carbide and surfacing stones. Synthetically created under high pressure and temperature conditions, MBSDP is known as the product that reaches far beyond state-of-the-art and at a very efficient cost.

2) Resin Bond Diamond Powder (RBDP)
When soft polishing or lapping is required, RBDP offers the friability, mosaic structure and irregular blocky particle shape required to get the job done. Under stress, the diamond grain fractures, creating new levels of sharp cutting points. In Resin Bond Wheels, RBDP offers fast cutting without particle loss for improved performance. RBDP is available in our usual comprehensive range of grits.

3) Nickel-Coated Diamond Powder (NCDP)

Important Instructions on How to Use Diamond Belts, & Disks
All diamond products need a slight break-in period. This is especially true with 6 micron (grit 3000) and finer micron products. This occurs due to the diamond being micro-sized. When manufactured, the diamond is separated by a water process to size the particles. When these particles dry, they sometimes form a vacuum between each other. The result is deep scratches until the vacuum is broken down by use .
The way to fix this is to dress the discs or belt by lightly running a piece of aluminium oxide dressing stick or agate over the surface. This effectively breaks down the vacuum and should eliminate all the scratches. Be sure to follow this procedure using lots of water to flush the disk or belt. This should take care of the scratching problem.

Diamond Tools's Paypal & Credit Card Payment System

Do I need to be registered with PayPal to pay for my order using my Credit Card
No
, you don't need to have a PayPal account to complete your purchase using your preferred credit card.

1) Just click (or copy & paste in your browser) the link included in the Diamond Tools PayPal Request that you will receive from us.

2) This link will bring you to a secure PayPal Check Out page. At the bottom of that page there is an option (link) to complete your payment with your credit card without a PayPal account.
It will read:
Don't have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available).

3) Fill in the needed info & confirm.

A payment confirmation email will be instantly sent to both the buyer & seller.
It's that simple and also complely secure.

What is PayPal?

PayPal, a person-to-person payment service that makes sending money as easy as sending email.  You may also use PayPal on your web-enabled cell phones

How does PayPal work?
Once you sign up for PayPal, you can send money to anyone with an email address. Money  is deducted  from your PayPal balance or charged to your credit card. 

Why should I use PayPal?
PayPal is far less time-consuming than making a trip to the bank or writing and mailing paper checks. And unlike checks, which can take days to clear, PayPal transactions clear instantly.

Does PayPal cost anything?
PayPal is absolutely FREE for consumers requesting a personal account.
Some fees are appliccable for a Business account (Premium)

Is it safe to use Paypal?
Paypal is very safe.
All transactions are done within a secure server. All operations are also encoded using the highest and safest standards. Paypal uses the same type of security that your own bank uses when it  allows financial transactions over the internet.

Who can use Paypal?

International Use. To be eligible for an account, you must be a resident of the United States or one of the approved countries listed below:

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  • United Kingdom

Do I need a credit card to use Paypal?
International users will not be able to send or withdraw money until they have confirmed a debit or credit card with their PayPal account. To become confirmed, an international user must confirm an email address and credit card. After becoming confirmed, there are no limits on how much an international account may spend. These limits are subject to change. Please check with Paypal for their actual up to date policies.

How do I sign up for PayPal?
If you are from Canada or outside the USA, click here to fill the registration form.   After you fill out the registration form, youl'll get an email to confirm that you receive messages at that email address. Once you confirm your email address, your account is activated.


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