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« on: July 23, 2020, 01:57:51 PM »

What with SAMS shutting down now seems like a good time for me to invest in a rubber stripper for "indoor" cross-sections.  I know they exist and I know they can be very expensive but I'm not interested in volume production so "hobby" quality is probably more than good enough for my needs.  Given that can anyone recommend something that...

a) is not hideously expensive*
b) produces uniform strip close enough to the desired x-section
c) is fairly straightforward to use
d) isn't likely to put me in A&E with serious flesh wounds**
e) isn't made of cheese
f) can be bought from a UK based supplier because postage

It'd also be worth knowing of models / suppliers to avoid.

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Lurk

*Under a hundred quid would be wonderful, 200 quid or under is... well.. yeah OK, over 200 and my hands will starting clutching around my wallet but I might be able to prise them open just long enough to make a purchase.  Smiley

**I have form for ending up in A&E as a result of Aeromodelling injuries.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 03:02:15 PM »

Hi
I bought mine from Ray Harland and can recommend it as a very good bit of kit.
I am afraid I cannot remember how much it cost but I think about £200.
It appears his website is down for the moment so not sure if he is contactable but might be worth asking about the price. It is very easy to use.
https://www.indoorspecialties.com/home.html

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 05:41:53 PM »

Lurks

You may be better off advertising the fact that you are after one, as recently I've been aware of 3 for sale through people I know.
There are also the Polish made ones which are about half the price of the Harland and do a good job.

John M
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2020, 12:47:04 PM »

I have a Harlan stripper I no longer need. If you would like to discuss buying it please email me. Address is.  anthonyjhogan at btinternet.com
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2020, 01:01:45 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2020, 08:48:15 AM »

Huzzah!  I now have a rubber stripper.  Next question, who knows what the right grade/grit of sharpening / honing stone is for the blades? Supplementary question, if you know the grade do you know of a UK supplier?
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2020, 10:02:25 AM »

try 600 grit, or finer.

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »

Lurks

My original Harlan came with instructions, some cutting fluid and a honing stone.
I have found the instructions, so will scan them and send over, but yet to find the 1/4" square stone.
As it is a stone I would guess it's finer than 600 grit.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2020, 12:44:41 PM »

Have a look at Zero Tools / sharpening stones

Good selection but you will have to do the leg work and find if there is a suitable item.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2020, 12:58:47 PM »

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My original Harlan came with instructions....
Thanks John. I have the instructions and I think I've got it sussed now, managed to strip a whole 4" of somewhere about 50-55 thou. Smiley  My unit is third-hand (at least) and it's anyone's guess what happened to the original stone.  It's the sort of thing that gets lost/separated very easily.

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Have a look at Zero Tools / sharpening stones... leg work...
Thanks for the pointer. The sticking point is knowing how fine a stone is needed.  The last thing I want to do is knacker the blades with one that is too coarse.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2020, 03:23:55 PM »

Hi
I have a Harland Stripper, albeit a new one bought last year.
In my instructions he advertised new blades if required can be bought from www.indoorspecialities.com
Maybe easier and cheaper to buy new blades as needed rather than having to hone old ones.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2020, 03:49:32 PM »

Evening John,

Instructions for mine recommend resharpening the blades every 100' or thereabouts stripped and likewise the instructions for mine recommend return to base if any kind of disassembly/reassembly required.  Looks like there have been changes since mine was made.  If the number scratched in the side is a serial number then I have No. 9641.

Umm, that links seems to be dead.
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2020, 04:36:49 PM »

Ok just got to the point where I have some time & can scan the instructions and find you've already got them.
The serial number on mine is 216 so an early one, mind you I've had it since about 1995 or 6.
I'll continue the search for the box with the honing stone and cutting fluid - it may have the grade written on it.

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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2020, 05:49:53 PM »

I have the stone Harlan supplies. It is a 600 grit, 1/4x1/4x6". The info printed on the stone says: Boride Engineered Abrasives 600  AB 041505. I tried a search with that info but did not get a match. You might have better luck. The stick is brown in color. Ray also sold (as of a year ago) replacement cutters.

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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2020, 03:27:18 AM »

That's great Norm, George B's guess was spot on, thanks very much.  When Mr. Harlan comes back on-line I'll ask about the replacement blades.
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