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by liveaboard
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water cooling a 12HP air cooled motor
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Re: Water cooling a 12HP air cooled motor

190W is pretty disappointing... Thanks for working that out for me. The engine compartment is steel sitting in water; the whole thing is a radiator. Air temp in the engine compartment will be close to outside water temperature. But the small physical size of this motor means air cooling alone will n...
by liveaboard
Sat Jun 22, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Water cooling a 12HP air cooled motor
Replies: 5
Views: 186

Water cooling a 12HP air cooled motor

I recently bought a 12 HP forklift motor, 48VDC and 240A. To power my heavy workboat in the inner city Amsterdam canals, which has declared the city will be emissions free only for all transport in a few years. This is not the right motor for the job, it's the motor I can pay for. There are lots of ...
by liveaboard
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 65
Views: 1801

Re: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe

because you tall guys can easily raise a short machine, but us short guys can't easily lower a high machine.
by liveaboard
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools
Replies: 18
Views: 518

Re: Fed up With Crummy Rotary Tools

Dentists use rotary tools; if you want a good one and you're willing to pay, that's what to look for. Otherwise, get on Craigslist / ebay and buy 4 or 5 used Dremels [or whatevever]. I think many people buy them and never use them. Bearings? Order from a bearing stockist. Those tiny ones can be expe...
by liveaboard
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Newbie - Buying first metal lathe
Replies: 65
Views: 1801

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: 391

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: 9
Views: 400

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: 31
Views: 1486

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: 31
Views: 1486

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: 964

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: 31
Views: 1486

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: 31
Views: 1486

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.