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by liveaboard
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 37
Views: 619

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

I do a fair amount of threading, I do not have a threading dial or a quick change gearbox.
I just reverse the tool back before the next pass.

Change gears are tedious; I sure would prefer a quick change gearbox.
I'd also prefer lots of other things I can't afford...
by liveaboard
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worn pulleys/ additive metal
Replies: 10
Views: 287

Re: Worn pulleys/ additive metal

Belts have moved on in the last 40 years... I have some experience with V-belt problems. Basically, they slip; a couple of percent and they last a long time, a couple of more and it all heats up and wears out fast. As chaprboy did, I went to double belts, which solved my problem. Today you can get c...
by liveaboard
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill press recommendations?
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Drill press recommendations?

I agree; huge and old is better than small and new.
Mine is really ancient and fairly huge; it does a lot of work for me.
by liveaboard
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 26
Views: 842

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

I have to jiggle the joystick to keep them reasonably level. You can imagine what it would be like, trying to keep a top-heavy machine balanced using the joystick. I don't have to imagine, my tractor FEL pallet forks are the same. Yes, of course you're right that hanging the tool is safer; I lifted...
by liveaboard
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 26
Views: 842

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

SteveHGraham wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:03 am
The weight was no problem. I nearly ran out of height, though.
That's because you're using your pallet forks the wrong way around.
You need to put hem UNDER the load!
by liveaboard
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Large motors and soft start
Replies: 30
Views: 706

Re: Large motors and soft start

A friend of mine has a large wood planer with a star / delta start switch. It's a manual 'star-delta' rotary switch, which is a standard item on this side of the pond. I used that machine a LOT. made cabinetry and furniture, doors and windows. The procedure is to switch it on start mode while it spe...
by liveaboard
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 26
Views: 842

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

My bandsaw was too tall for the doorway; so I strapped it to the pallet fork on the FEL and tipped it forward until it was nearly horizontal, and took it in head first.
When you pull too hard;
bent shackle.jpg


When you pull much too hard;
shackle.jpg
by liveaboard
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preparing Machines for Moving
Replies: 26
Views: 842

Re: Preparing Machines for Moving

SteveM wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:57 pm
Jim Rozen has a saying:
"Hiring a professional will cost less than the emergency room visit".
Steve

Perhaps; but if I hired 'professionals' to do my work, I'd have no work and no money.
No doubt, there are times when you just can't do it yourself; but it's all in the details.
by liveaboard
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 100+ Years ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1782

Re: 100+ Years ago

It's still common for unexploded bombs to be found during construction or excavation work in European cities. whole neighborhoods get evacuated while they're either exploded in place, or moved to where they can be detonated safely. They still come up in trawler fishing nets too. In the news not long...
by liveaboard
Mon May 27, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Build (help appreciated!)
Replies: 79
Views: 7233

Re: Shop Build (help appreciated!)

We don't have rocks; when I find one, I cherish it. save it for when I need a rock.
There is rock of course, but it's about 12' down; deeper than I go.
by liveaboard
Mon May 27, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Build (help appreciated!)
Replies: 79
Views: 7233

Re: Shop Build (help appreciated!)

I also made a way to attach a trailer ball to my tractor FEL; I needed to accurately maneuver a big camping trailer into it's new shelter. Trouble was that it's so wide, I couldn't see down the side. So I set the ball to one side of the tractor; off center. That went really well. If you use a high p...
by liveaboard
Mon May 27, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Help me Change a Kubota Quick Coupler
Replies: 15
Views: 555

Re: Help me Change a Kubota Quick Coupler

There are different systems; tapered threaded seal on the thread. Straight threads [also pipe threads with the same pitch and all] use either an oring or a crush washer of aluminum or copper. Those quick couplings are surprisingly cheap. My local tractor shop only has tapered thread ones, but everyt...