The Eastwood Expander Wheel Kit is a soft rubber wheel with slotted sides, over which an abrasive band is slipped and held in place by centrifugal force as the rubber expands.
It’s designed to run at a max of 1800rpm so excessive cutting does not occur. It has a central push-out adaptor to fit shaft sizes 1⁄2in, 5⁄8in, 3⁄4in and 1in. The kit comes with five belts of 80, 120, 220, 320 and 400 grit. Replacement packs of five belts are available.
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It’s an ideal means of smoothing and levelling surfaces on steel and alloy – and other metals too no doubt – taking the hard work out of the polishing procedure, or for simply tidying up after welding etc.
Price is £50.56 (catalogue number is 131327) from Frost Auto Restoration Techniques Ltd, Crawford Street, Rochdale, Lancs OL16 5NU. Tel 01706 758258. Belt packs are £10.21, all plus postage of course. However, if you’re a regular restorer, it’ll pay for itself in double quick time, saving you a packet in time and effort. A good old friend indeed.