New patented Warrior™ Power Tool System kit provides a revolutionary proficiency advantage for bench jewelers and jewelry manufacturers for split-lap abrasive pre-finishing, finishing and polishing
Product engineers from JoolTool®, a division of DEP Enterprise and Development, Inc., developed and tested the Warrior™ system with various accessories through Rich Bohr, 3M’s account executive for the creative arts market and jewelry products research specialist to deliver a new power tool system kit called the Warrior™ capable of performing split-lap abrasive pre-finishing, finishing and polishing at the bench. The unit is compact and contains a 1/20 hp motor with full torque at all speeds. The motor is comparable and exceeds other 1/8 hp motors on output torque ratio. Here’s what is included in the kit and how the system works:
The patented Warrior™ Power Tool System kit contains (A) the Warrior™ variable speed motor with full torque from 500 to 5000 rpm and a tapered spindle (B) a mounted allen wrench, (C) 11 assorted 3M pre-cut self-adhesive abrasive accessories with one patented Ninja™ disc backpad and (D) a hard felt split-lap cut to JoolTool’s® patented Ninja™ âsee throughâ design specifications.
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To complete a portable workstation for the bench jeweler generalist:
- The Warrior™ is mounted on a low utility stand (E) with casters
- Select a utility stand with drawers and shelves for convenient and ready access to the assorted abrasive discs and Warrior™ accessories
- The Warrior™ is connected to the small portable Handler Super Sucker II dust collector (F)
- A standard swing-arm lamp (G) is attached for best viewing of the work being performed.
With the compact size of the patented Warrior™ system and the portable workstation, the unit is positioned adjacent to the jeweler’s workbench and is easily rolled back when not in use. For grinding, sprue removal, deburring, abrasive split-lap work, pre-finishing and polishing, the bench jeweler is no longer required to leave their bench workstation for these related procedures and can accomplish them more quickly over using traditional procedures.
| ||The revolutionary assortment of pre-cut self-adhesive 3M abrasive discs that come with the kit are easily mounted on the patented ninja style backpads. |
All abrasives and polishing surfaces are installed on the tapered spindle facedown. Abrasive discs included in the kit are 3M (Purple 900DZ) ceramic in two grades, patented multi-replication 3M Trizact™ in four grades and one 3M Diamond Polishing Cloth™ disc. All work is held below the wheel and viewed from above.
| ||The patented Ninja™ “see-through” pattern was designed for enhanced viewing of work being completed. One comes with the unit and you will want to purchase additional backpads to mount several assorted 3M abrasive self-adhesive discs. |
In this photo, the Warrior™ is operating at medium speed and 3M’s low loading patented Trizact™ abrasive disc (A-35 or about a 400 grade) is being used to pre-finish the sides of a 14 karat yellow gold ring casting. With the black wheel color, ninja-style cutting and overhead lighting, the ring is very easy to view for the pre-finishing process.
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| ||The 3M (Purple 900DZ ™) ceramic disc (120 grade) is used to remove the sprue from a 14-karat yellow gold cast ring. This process takes seconds to complete saving valuable time over hand filing. |
| ||In this application, the operator is flat sanding the top of an 18-karat yellow gold ring. |
| ||This application shows a textured finish being applied to geometric 14-karat white gold earrings using the 3M Diamond Polishing Cloth™ disc. |
Using a small amount of water on the wheel facilitated the process. Water can be used with both the 3M Diamond Polishing Cloth™ and Trizact™ materials.
The 3M Diamond Polishing Cloth™ is ideal for working with stones that require formation, alteration or repair.
| ||The provided allen wrench specifically designed for the unit is inserted in a cut-out in the tapered spindle for ease in mounting and un-mounting the ninja-style cut backpads and hard felt split-polishing laps. |
The allen wrench is also used to remove the tapered spindle and attach other Warrior™ accessories such as the flexible shaft (not included in the featured kit).
| ||This application features the flat sided shank of a three stone ring being split lap polished at the Warrior™ system workstation beside the bench. |
| ||This ring casting is being pre-finished using 3M’s Radial Bristle™ wheel. |
| ||With the powerful compact Warrior™ variable speed motor, the âsee-throughâ design of the Ninja™ designed backpads and wide assortment of high quality low-loading 3M abrasive wheels and ninja-style cut hard felt lap polishing wheels, there are innumerable time-saving, effective applications for the jewelry manufacturer using this system. JoolTool® will be releasing additional products and accessories for the Warrior™ in the near future. |
The featured Warrior™ Power Tool System kit retails for $269.00 and is available from Progress Machine and Tool Corp at 800-841-8665. For additional information about the kit, contact Anie Kaplan at JoolTool®, Inc.
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