I was cleaning out my 4-year-old clear-top Sharpstone and noticed that its clear acrylic top has begun to spider-web (see below!) I used isopropyl and bath salts, and I think it was the salts that could have caused the fractures. That, or I just didn't really stop to see them happen over the years.
Haven't been getting much love from reddit on this recently, so I thought I'd bug the pros in here. Should I chuck it, despite its solid structural integrity? The teeth where the fractures are occurring are still sturdy. Aside from this clear top, the Sharp Stone is as reliable as ever. The only risk that I run is the slight (if any) possibility that the acrylic breaks off into my ground weed for ingestion via joints/vaping.
If the consensus is to huck it, then what should I get next? I was thinking about grabbing a hard-top larger Sharpstone, but because I originally bought inexpensive weed stuff and grew to love it, I was thinking of getting a pricier brand known for their lifetime warranties. The big three that spring to mind are LIFT, Phoenician, Santa Cruz, and Space Case grinders. I'd ideally like to have a mid-sized 4-piece that's buy-it-for-life quality. If you made the investment on a big-ticket grinder, I'd love to hear about how it's been paying off for you. If not, let's discuss what you have, if you like it, and what you'd consider getting next!