> > http://www.muellers.com/Willard-Universal-Tool-Champ-358--Dime-Radius
> > ,6143.html
> > $.02 -Ron Shepard
> Tried various ways, can't get it to work. Would like to see it, tho, if you
> can provide link.
> I know I will need to buy a few "devices". Just trying to get what I need,
> not have duplications, and not spend a lot.
It looks like an extra carriage return got inserted somewhere in
that link, either by my newsreader when I posted it or by your
reader when you read it. The comma should come right after "Radius".
Otherwise, just go to the mueller site and click down to tip
maintenance tools, and it is one of the first ones displayed. It
says it is $18.95. I don't remember paying that much for it. On
the other hand, it does not wear out like the ones that have
sandpaper inserts. I've had mine for about 20 years, and it still
works just as well now as it did when it was new.
As others have mentioned, you don't want to use a scuffer shaper
tool routinely on your tip. You want to shape it once when the new
tip is installed, and then you use just the tapper or a tip pik type
when necessary to roughen up the leather surface. There are several
similar tools available, and they all work about the same. The
interesting thing about this particular one is that the company
originally made steel phonograph needles. Then in the 60's that
market evaporated when hi-fi and stereo players became popular, so
they looked around for other ways to sell their needles, and this is
one of their niche products that has kept them going since then. I'm
old enough that I can remember those kind of 75 rpm phonographs.
If you are ordering tools, another one I use a lot is the Mushroom
If you have a lathe, then you might not need something like this,
but if you want something small to carry with you when you travel,
then this is a pretty good one. The blades do wear out eventually,
but you can sharpen them or you can replace them with the
appropriate Exacto knife blade (which Mueller also sells).
$.02 -Ron Shepard