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Forum topic by Danpaddles posted 02-18-2017 02:09 AM 681 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Danpaddles

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02-18-2017 02:09 AM

Bought a Pro-Grind system from Peachtree at the Woodworking Show in Indy. Half way decent install instructions, but kind of a pain that I need to set up an account and log in to his web site to get the full blown user guide.

The platform supplied is sketchy at best. Two long 1/4-20 bolts to hold the position of the platform. I have REALLY cranked down on the little levered handles, but that platform has very little resistance to moving.

I sent him a note about it, I assume this is not a huge operation, and I certainly applaud the efforts of a one man operation. But the stuff he sells needs to work for the intended purpose!

I’ll buy a Wolverine platform, I think it will fit the rest of the jig. So I spend another $30, I’ve had bigger ‘oh shit’ moments. But after asking him for a solution to the problem, and not getting even an email saying sorry- well, I guess I am just venting here. And a heads up- Ron Browns stuff may not be all you had hoped.

Caveat emptor- I sure wish I had gone for the original, the Oneway jig. It wasn’t that much more money.

-Dan

-- Dan V. in Indy


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OSU55

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#1 posted 02-18-2017 01:37 PM

Haven’t tried the pro-grind, but I do have the Turner’s Laser Guide from Ron Brown, and have just the opposite experience (except for the instructions – I had to make an account to download as well) – I found it to be an excellent tool for the $. Everything fit right, tightened down correctly, etc. Saves a lot of time when hollowing vessels – no need to stop to check wall thickness, no more questioning where the cutting edge is.

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TheDane

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#2 posted 02-18-2017 01:44 PM

Haven’t had a need for his grinding jig, but I have purchased several other products from Ron Brown (laser guide, some specialty tools, micro-crystalline wax, etc.) and have been 100% satisfied. Logging in to his website is no big deal (for me), and there is a lot of free info and instructions you can download.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Jimbo4

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#3 posted 02-18-2017 06:40 PM

A number of years ago I bought a Ron Brown Longworth Chuck at the Denver Woodworking Show. It is phenolic with button screws, wing nuts and silicon bumpers. Because of the phenolic material it will NOT stay in the position as required to hold a turning, as it slides apart – expands – no matter how tight the wing nuts are. I used three bolts with locking nuts, in addition to the wing nuts, so as to hold it in position. The next time I saw Ron Brown was at the Phoenix AAW Symposium, and I explained the problem. His response was, “So, what you want me to do about it”? He then turned around and walked off. All I was doing was explaining about my problem with his product. So, with his attitude, there will be no more Ron Brown purchases from me ! As a repeat of Dan V. in Indy – “The stuff he sells needs to work for the intended purpose”. And from me – without modifications.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 09:48 PM

Before Ron got big he told me he would make me/us a jig for making the flower things and told me when I was ready contact him. A year later when me and the other disabled vets like me I teach were ready to use his jig and he told me to make it myself.

If you know me and me and Ron have talked a lot before this time and he knows of my problems I was quite surprised to hear him say this and asked him again and he told me the same thing.

For all of his faith stuff he is always saying he does not live up to what he says and I no longer get his monthly news letters either.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Danpaddles

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#5 posted 02-19-2017 01:03 AM

So it wasn’t just me. I had another turner look it over today, she is a professional design engineer. Her verdict- wimpy, useless.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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hairy

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 03:40 PM

I met him at WIA a few years back and bought 1 of his DVD’s. I talked with him for a few minutes after the purchase. I wish I had talked fist, I would not have bought the DVD. He is a real A++HOLE. In his defense, it is a good DVD.

-- My reality check bounced...

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KevCamp

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#7 posted 02-25-2017 01:27 AM

Wow! I guess I’m going to free up a spot in my bookmarks.

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